Thursday, January 31, 2008

Hell-Rider #1 (1971, Skywald)

I discovered this low-rent Ghost Rider/ Evel Knievel clone as a small child digging through a box of old comics at a flea-market....and have been scarred ever since...

For a good laugh, check out Doc Freex take on this "Now Superhero" over at The Bad Movie Report....

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Pat Boone #3 (Feb. 1960, DC Comics)

Who was one of the more powerful citizens of the DC Universe? Why, Pat Boone, of course....

This comic reads like a Chick tract....that is if one worshiped Pat Boone, because the dreamy crooner locates and returns a lost child to his sister, helps his babysitter work through some problems with her boyfriend (he suggests that they take in a movie and talk their problems out....what movie? Journey to the Center of the Earth, starring Pat Boone....), and other Christ-like abilities are on display here within the pages of his amazing comic book....

Sadly, Silver Age Pat Boone was wiped out by an anti-matter wave during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, and was seemingly replaced by a more "dark, grim, and gritty" Pat Boone, as seen in this candid photo, in which he's looking very much like the dreaded Rob Liefeld creation, Cable:

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Double Dare Adventures #1 (Harvey Comics, Dec. 1966)

To paraphrase Rosey Grier:

"I love Bee-Man. And I'd like all of you to love him too. And so tonight, when you hit your knees, please ask God to love him."

Why?, You might ask....

How can you not love someone like's like he swallowed a bottle of hyperbole pills (the same brand that Stan Lee has been taking for 50 years)....

So....what's Bee-Man's deal? Why's he so full of hate for the human race?

He got stung by bees. No shit. I couldn't make this up if I wanted to....but take note: they were really fucking BIG bees from outer space. If'n I'd gotten stung by space bees, I'd be looking for something useful to do with it myself. Like take over the' stuff.

The thing that makes Bee-Man such an oddity is the fact that he's one of the few strips of the era that whose protagonist was a bad guy. Too bad he was also incredibly goofy, as well.

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Brother Power, The Geek #1 (DC Comics, 1968)

Brother Power, The Geek has been a long-time fascination of mine, after reading about the character in DC's wonderful 1980s "sourcebook" publication, Who's Who : The Definitive Guide to the DC Universe (from which this blog takes it's namesake).

About a year or so back, I actually ran into copies of both issues of this series at a convention and got 'em for a, I've decided to share scans of the book with you, Fellow Fanboys and Girls...because I should not be alone in my pain.

From Wikipedia:

Brother Power the Geek was a comic book character created in the late 1960s for DC Comics by Joe Simon. He first appeared in Brother Power the Geek #1 (October 1968).

According to Simon, the concept behind Brother Power was derived heavily from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, right down to reanimation with the use of lightning. At the same time, Simon was also attempting to capture the sort of "wandering outcast philosopher" characterization that made Marvel Comics' Silver Surfer a cult hit amongst the college student readers of the period.

According to Scott Shaw!, the character was originally supposed to be called The Freak, but was renamed to The Geek due to concerns by DC Comics management over the possible drug reference "freak" implied at the time.

I love it when a bunch of 40 year old dudes try and come up with something they think is trendy and has it's finger on the pulse of the current youth market....

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