Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The Adventures Of Charlie Droople!
Here's a link to an absolutely nifty story by Steve Skeates and Jim Aparo titled "The Best of All Possible Worlds" from The Many Ghosts of Dr.Grave #5.
This story plays off a clever rift in the fourth wall, and pokes a wee bit of fun at all of us comic book-obsessed fans.
This story is a fave of Fred Hembeck. (It's his website where the story is featured.) Hembeck referenced it twice in his tributes to Charlton Comics in the pages of the sadly defunct Comic Book Artist.
In issue #9 we get this keen overview of the Charlton universe of the 60's and if you look closely you'll find Charlie, his girlfriend Dorothy and a most peculiar officer of the law. (Third row, fourth panel.)
In issue #12, Hembeck follows up with a more detailed analysis of the story.
Fun stuff from a lively and fertile time in comics in the little town named Derby.