Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A SPLIT SECOND LEFT...FOR SARGE STEEL !!!


Private Eye, later Special Agent and finally Secret Agent, Sarge Steel first appeared in his own title, Sarge Steel #1, published by Charlton Comics. His title would last until #8, at which point, with issue #9, was retitled Secret Agent, and subsequently cancelled with #10. After that, his series continued in Judomaster #91-98 (the stories in Judomaster #91-96 fit in the year-long hiatus, between issues Secret Agent #9 & #10) He also appeared in short spots on self-defense, in Fightin' 5 #34 & 37 and in the Sentinels stories in Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt #57 & 58, as their CIA contact.

Sarge Steel was created by Pat Masulli, ironically, this is the only illustration I've seen he actually did of his character.
Sarge Steel's many arch enemies included tough characters like "The Lynx," "Ivan Crung," "Smiling Skull" (a freaky looking Nazi villain who fought Judomaster during World War II), Werner Von Wess and Mr. Ize.







Judomaster #97
"File 114 Case of the Widow's Revenge"
Sarge Steel is targeted by an unknown assailant. One looking for payback. But all is not what it appears. And sometimes, it's a rotten world! 
Written by Steve Skeates (Hawk and the Dove) with art by Dick Giordano (Batman). 
Letter's Page included one from comic book artist Duffy Vohland (Solomon Kane). 


Unfortunately, the Sarge Steel and Judomaster have yet to be reprinted. It would have been great to see the DC Action Hero Archives go on to reprint these (and Peacemaker) in their fine hardcover editions.

Saving the dame! Tough as nails! Business as usual!
One of my favorite illustrations of Sarge Steel by Dick Giordano.

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This fine illustration was published in the Charlton Portfolio.
Final version of the illustration from above. Giordano really knew how to draw cars and guns!
Sarge Steel also landed at DC, but wasn't used much throughout the years.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

FLASH GORDON SHOT DOWN OVER A VOLCANO !!!


Personally, few comic strips and comic books (my first exposure to comics was in the newspapers) have captured my attention and imagination like Flash Gordon. Flash originated in 1934 by the legendary comic-strip artist Alex Raymond. He has set the bar for science-fiction adventure, even inspiring such modern-day classics as George Lucas' Star Wars.

As you can see here, legendary Flash Gordon artist Al Williamson influenced Carlos Garzon's amazing artwork on the Gold Key Flash Gordon comic book. Garzon went on to work with Williamson in the Marvel Comics Star Wars comic book.
For more than seven decades, we have explored the stars in the sky with the comics' most famous intergalactic adventurer Flash Gordon, his lovely female companion Dale Arden and eccentric scientist Dr. Hans Zarkov.

So, without further ado, sit back and enjoy Flash Gordon in action!








Flash Gordon #25  Ming pursues Flash in the slumbering volcano of the Lavamen!
"Volcano Part 1"
Flash, Dale & Zarkov are shot down over a volcano.
Written by Gary Poole with art by Carlos Garzon.
"Volcano Part 2"
A strange wedding ceremony is about to take place. 
Written by Gary Poole with art by Carlos Garzon.








Flash Gordon #25 was reprinted in the fine Dark Horse hardcover Flash Gordon Comic Book Archives #4. This volume reprinted issues #19 - #27.




In addition to the comics, Flash has also starred in a live-action serial, motion picture, radio show, novels, comic books, animated cartoons and even on his own U.S. postage stamp.

The Whitman variant of Flash Gordon #25.

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Some various Flash Gordon memorabilia!
 
 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

CAPTAIN ATOM TANGLES WITH PUNCH & JEWELEE !!!


Originally, an accident causes USAF Captain Nathaniel Adam to be trapped within a missile which explodes in space, disintegrating and then reintegrating him with the power of atomic energy. During the events from the last couple of issues, Captain Atom’s powers are lessened by his battle to control a runaway nuclear reactor, leaving him prey to a mysterious gang of villains. He escapes from his captors and tries a new, spray-on uniform to shield people from his deadly radiation.











Captain Atom #85  The Strings of Punch and Jewelee! Nightshade Returns!
"Strings of Punch and Jewelee" 
Punch and Jewellee, a new super-villain team, abduct scientists and siphon away their knowledge, bringing them into conflict with Captain Atom and Nightshade. 
Plot & pencils by Steve Ditko (Shade) with script by David A. Kaler (The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves) and inks by Rocco "Rocke" Mastroserio (Mysterious Suspense).
This issue also contained an appearance by my favorite Captain Atom villain, the Ghost who returns in the next issue.

Captain Atom #85 was reprinted by Modern Comics. Exact reprint of Charlton issue #85 except for newer ads and different cover copy (Modern Comics logo and 35c cover price). The letters page and a page from the Captain Atom story has been omitted . Pagination is whited out from pages 12 through 17.

 
DC Comics Action Hero Archives Volume 2 reprinted Captain Atom #85 in a fine hardcover edition. If you are any Charlton fan, just take my money, you have to have these books!

Cool ads from this issue & the letters page!
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Great coverage of the Charlton Action Heroes, and more!
In this issue, the atom symbol is contained in a yellow circle.
Punch and Jewelee went on to appear in DC's Suicide Squad!