Friday, February 15, 2013
Of all the Charlton Action heroes to make the migration to DC in the 80's, the most abused would most likely have to be Peacemaker. I confess I have not read his appearances in the comic Checkmate, but his own limited series painted Christopher Smith not as a man dedicated to bringing about ultimate world peace by using applied force against those who threatened that peace. This was seen somehow as absurd by the folks at DC, so he was painted often as a madman. The cover above seems to pick up on that theme.
It is a striking image, that I will allow. Here's a glimpse at the artwork by Steve Erwin for the cover, minus the fourth-wall breaking threat. I wonder if DC noticed any uptick in sales on this cover.