Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Today, we continue with further adventures of Sarge Steel. After a year long gap between the publication of Secret Agent #9 & #10, Sarge Steel appeared in Judomaster as a back-up feature.

Sarge Steel was an agent in American Intelligence. His employment with a couple of different agencies was a gradual one, as is often the case. He certainly did not start out to be an agent but life took him places and opportunities, or necessities, came about and he ended up one very experienced operative.

After his stint in the Army, he started a detective business. The same skills he used to hunt down war profiteers he now used to track people for civilian clients. He was pretty good at it, enough so that a lot of those found or being sought would try again and again to eliminate him but Steel's skills with martial arts, his prowess with a gun, and his now pretty lethal left hook kept him alive.

Judomaster #95 
#File #112 Case of the Village Moneyman"
Bebe Summins hires Sarge Steel to find her father, Eric Summins, a counterfeiter who disappeared soon after leaving prison three months earlier. She's received phone calls telling her to stop looking for him or else. A man then attacks them, but Steel easily knocks him out. He brings the girl to his secretary's apartment for safekeeping, then begins his search. The next morning, two men from the Treasury Department are waiting for Steel in his office. They remark that they heard he stopped working for the CIA recently. He responds that he's back in business for himself now, but he told the Agency that he'd help them out whenever they needed him. The Treasury agents ask for his help in finding Eric Summins, who they believe is making phony money again. Steel notes that some of Summins' plates were never found. Later, at his secretary's apartment, he finds a typewritten note from Bebe telling him to meet her later that night. Based on the condition of the room, he concludes that she didn't leave of her own accord. Two men watch from the window; one aims a gun at him.
Written by Steve Skeates (Hawk and the Dove) with art by Dick Giordano (Jonni Thunder).
The conclusion of this story appears in Judomaster #96.
Sarge Steel villain "The Smiling Skull" appears in the Judomaster story in this issue. 

Unfortunately, this issue has not been reprinted, even Modern Comics skipped this issue. What a shame, I still wish DC Comics Action Hero Archives had continued with reprints of Judomaster, Sarge Steel & Peacemaker. After all, they were integrated into the DC Universe. 
Nice splash page from the Judomaster story in this issue, by Frank McLaughlin.

If you are so inclined, you can read the Charlton Action Hero comics on ComicBookPlus.com. They have some marvelous scans of the original comic books.   

Please join me Thursday when I cover a turning point in the life of Captain Atom.

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Simply marvelous trade paperback on the legendary Dick Giordano!
Dick Giordano worked on The Illustrated Comic Art Workshop #1 & #2!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


With Gold Key Comics Flash Gordon #23 we get back to the great creative team of John Warner and Carlos Garzon, carrying on in the fine tradition of Al Williamson. I enjoyed their fine work on the exciting Gold Key/Whitman series. 

Awesome looking logo!
The comics of Flash Gordon follow a handsome polo player and Yale University graduate, with his companions Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov. The story began with Earth threatened by a collision with the planet Mongo. Dr. Zarkov invented a rocket ship to fly into space in an attempt to stop the disaster. Half mad, he kidnaps Flash and Dale and they travel to the planet. Landing on the planet, and halting the collision, they come into conflict with Ming the Merciless, Mongo's malevolent ruler.

Flash Gordon #23
"The Game of Death Part 1"
On exploratory mission, Flash and Dale are attacked by Warlord Moran.
"The Game of Death Part 2"
After their ships crash-land in an uncharted jungle, Morlan and Flash are forced to hunt each other by the local indigenous tribe of Jaguar Men.
Written by John Warner (Bloodstone) with art by Carlos Garzon (Star Trek).

Flash Gordon #23 was also published under the Whitman Comics logo, with the same publication date. It was later reprinted in Dark Horse Comics Flash Gordon Comic Book Archives Volume 4. These hardcover editions were a magnificent treatment, also featuring ads from the original comics.

Covers for the Norway (Knut Westad cover) and Portugal reprints.

Avon Books published seven Flash Gordon paperbacks by Conn Steffanson with great painted covers by George Wilson. Here's hoping Hermes Books will reprint these novels, as they are soon reprinting The Phantom Avon paperbacks, with the original covers!

I enjoy the looks of this cover, grabs my attention!
Street Comix #2 (Flash Gordon and His Adventures in Space #1) published reprints of Flash Gordon newspaper strips from 1952 written and illustrated by the incomparable Dan Barry (Predator) in a 7-in. x 10-in. black & white paperback with 32 newsprint pages. Street Enterprises published Comic Reader.

A real nice looking wraparound cover by Jerry Ordway!

Comic Reader (created by Paul Levitz & Paul Kupperberg) featured covers by Jerry Ordway (Superman) and John Byrne (Doomsday+1) . One of the back covers (#108 I believe) was James Bond by Jim Aparo (The Phantom), from an almost fiorgotten, proposed series at one time

Flash Gordon has been translated into a wide variety of media, including motion pictures, television and animated series. One of the latest version, a fun Flash Gordon television series, appeared on the Syfy channel in the US from 2007–2008.

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