Thursday, April 30, 2009

"The Un-Super Superman"

Nothing interesting happens in this YOUTUBE clip, but if you click play, it'll give you a soundtrack for reading this comic....

DC Comics’ Superman, the first comic book superhero, who was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster went through numerous incarnations over the years, always heroic, yet sometimes silly, as evidenced by this tale from WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #34, May 1948 by Don Cameron and Al Plastino:


Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Dollar the dog, an extremely rare breed of dollarmation, was Richie Rich's faithful companion, although not from the very beginning. While the earliest Richie stories centered upon young Mr. Rich's interactions with the other neighborhood kids (Freckles, Pee-Wee, Gloria, etc.), eventually the series had a much larger supporting cast with Richie's aunts, uncles, cousins, pets, neighbors, servants, and many other recurring characters; too many to name from memory.
While the majority of characters would appear only as needed(usually for a two-page gag), Dollar appeared more frequently than was absolutely necessary; sometimes you'll see him in stories where he doesn't play a prominent role at all. This short story, however, was specifically written for him:

from RICHIE RICH & DOLLAR THE DOG #23, June 1982


Monday, April 27, 2009


Stumbo the giant was one of Harvey Comics' rarities in that he didn't have a whole line of books centered around him (even Little Dot carried several series at one time), he just was sort of always around in the back pages of the other characters books; usually Hot Stuff's or Wendy's.
Another oddity is that he actually had a recurring villain (instead of Richie and Casper's never-ending supply of baddies), Doctor Cesspoole. Memorable, but certainly not the greatest villain in comics, as you can see in this example from HOT STUFF #176, December 1990.....



Sunday, April 26, 2009


Not quite as bland as Archie, yet still charming and unoffensive in an Andy Griffith-like way, I must admit, these early Patsy Walker stories are somewhat addictive.
This one is from MISS AMERICA #3, December 1944.


HE-MAN and MR. T

Iconic '80s action figure hero He-Man meets A-Team star Mr. T in this almost funny parody from CRACKED #215, October 1985
Illustrated by John Reiner.





Friday, April 24, 2009

THE A-TEAM #1, March 1984

"In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire: THE A-TEAM."

Such was the origin of the A-team, as recounted in the intro to each episode. An almost instant cult-favorite, the show was adapted for comics within a year; unfortunately, it only lasted for three installments (the TV show lasted for ninety-eight).
Jim Salicrup wrote the first two issues, with Alan Kupperberg finishing up the series by doing the story and art for issue number three.
This, the premiere issue, has art by comic legend Marie Severin, but the next issue would have her replaced by another legend,Jim Mooney.
With an all star lineup of comic creators, and almost perfectly made for comics source material, it truly is a mystery as to why this series never took off.