Thursday, October 20, 2016


So sad, so very sad, the end of another Charlton comic book series. What a great looking cover to go out with though! I love dinosaur covers and this is, by far, one of my favorites!

"Another story I wrote was a stand-alone Sarge Steel story in the last issue of Judomaster. I found out after I’d finished (drawing) part one of a two-part Steel story that the issue part one came out in was going to be the last issue. I didn’t think it was a good idea to put out a two-part story that nobody could read a conclusion to, so I wrote and drew a new story over the weekend to get it in on time. If you can find the last issue of Judomaster that had a Sarge Steel back-up in it. That one was done by me."
From an interview with Dick Giordano by John Lustig (Last Kiss).
Judomaster #98
"File 115 Case of the Key West Caper"
"Mr. Steel, we have your secretary. She'll be alive for the next 48 longer!" An X on a map marks a small island in the Florida Keys. Steel was going to find Bess, no matter what!!
Written & illustrated by legendary Dick Giordano (The L.A.W.).

This Sarge Steel story has only been reprinted in the Modern Comic Judomaster #98. It was an exact reprint of the Charlton issue #98, except for newer ads with different cover copy (Modern Comics logo and a 35c cover price). The text article ("The Power of the Bow") was omitted.

Sarge Steel also showed up in the Sentinel's back-up series in Thunderbolt #58.
Since it's been hard to find these in the back issue bins, it would be great to see these reprinted!
Unfortunately, Sarge has never had his own series at DC and doesn't seem likely to have one in the future. At the same time, it would be great to see a reprinting of his exploits in further volumes of DC Comics Action Heroes Archives, along with Judomaster and Peacemaker

This issue of Judomaster also advertised an issue of Blue Beetle left unpublished, until many years later!
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Needless to say, Giordano was my favorite artist on Sarge Steel.
One of the appearances in DC Comics for Sarge Steel was in The L.A.W. mini-series.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


I really enjoyed the looks of this cover! I am a big fan of dinosaurs, snakes and the like, comic book covers. This cover delivered, it didn't disappoint.

Fine trade paperback of Al Williamson on Flash Gordon. Huge collection. Highly recommended!
Over the years, several publishers have produced Flash Gordon comics, either reprints or original stories. David McKay, Dell and Harvey Comics reprinted the classic Alex Raymond comic strips. King, Charlton and Gold Key (finishing under their Whitman imprint) Comics came along with exciting new stories and the major motion picture adaptation.

Flash Gordon #26  Flash bulldogs the Snake Monster-the Battle Begins!
"The Land of the Serpents Part 1"
Exploring Mongo, in his search for allies against Ming the Merciless, Flash, Dale and Dr. Zarkov chart unknown territories and come across a beautiful, but terrifying land of serpents.  
Written by Gary Poole (Battle of the Planets) with art by Carlos Garzon (Blade Runner).
"The Land of the Serpents Part 2"
Finding Zarkov missing, Serpia puts Flash under arrest.  
Written by Gary Poole with art by Carlos Garzon.

This issue was printed under both the Gold Key & Whitman imprints. 

Flash Gordon #26 was reprinted in Dark Horse Comics magnificent hardcover The Flash Gordon Comic Book Archives Volume 4. This great volume collected #19 - #27 of the Gold Key comics series and featured the painted cover from issue #20 on the slipcover.

The recolored Portugal cover for their Flash Gordon #8 reprint of Flash Gordon #26.

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Magnificent Al Williamson panorama!
Nice statue of Flash Gordon from the Dark Horse series.
Great Alex Raymond illustration of Flash Gordon!

Thursday, October 6, 2016


It was great fun reading Charlton Comics, in particular, Captain Atom when he combined forces with the lovely Nightshade, the Darling of Darkness! I was already a big time Captain Atom fan, but he needed someone to lighten the mood and Nightshade was the perfect compliment.

The cover to the unpublished Captain Atom #90! It was so fine to have this finally published in Charlton Bullseye #1 & #2.

With the introduction of the Sunurians, in our latest Charlton Comics Captain Atom story here, we have a direct tie into a previously unfinished story by Steve Ditko. It was left unfinished for some time, until Roger Stern (under the pen name Jon G. Michels) and John Byrne completed it. We were graced with it in the first two issues of the hard to come by Charlton Bullseye fanzine series. 

In this issue's Captain's Column, Richard Teeter (The Dictators drummer and later, drummer for Twisted Sister) has a letter printed.
Captain Atom #86
"The Fury of the Faceless Foe"
Captain Atom and Nightshade (her third appearance) once again take on The Ghost. How do you capture a foe who disappears into thin air any time you get even remotely near him?
Introduction of the Sunurians, to be seen in an unfinished story from Ditko, later completed by John Byrne (Doomsday +1) and finally published in The Charlton Bullseye #1 & #2 & subsequently reprinted in DC Comics The Action Hero Archives Vol. 2
Plot by Steve Ditko (Man-Bat), script by David A. Kaler (The Witching Hour) with cover and interior art by Ditko & Rocco "Rocke" Mastroserio (Mysterious Suspense).

This story was reprinted in DC Comics The Action Hero Archives Volume 2. It's wonderful to have these two fine volumes collecting all of the Ditko's Captain Atom, as well as his Blue Beetle and Question stories.
More Steve Ditko greatness!
Nice DC Profile of Captain Atom, before they radically changed him.
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It was great to see Nightshade get her own feature in the next issue of Captain Atom (#87). Nice Jim Aparo artwork! 

It would have cool to see more Jim Starlin on Captain Atom, but at least we enjoyed him on all his cosmic goodness in Marvel Comics' Captain Marvel. Starlin is just so, so very fine!
A fan colorized version of the unpublished Captain Atom #90 cover.
Action from another Nightshade feature to come in the pages of Captain Atom.