Thursday, October 27, 2016
The Golden Derby - October 1966!
Fifty years ago this month Charlton put out some handsome comic books, and was well on its way into a new era. Judomaster battled the Smiling Skull (a WWII based hero battles a Nazi villain named "Skull" -- where have I heard that one before) with dynamite artwork by a maturing Frank McLaughlin and the comic picks up some depth when Dick Giordano's Sarge Steel becomes the back up. While Sarge had lost his own title, there was still quite a bit of life in the veteran detective/spy. There are perks to being the editor it seems and keeping your favorite creation alive is just one of them. Thunderbolt by Pete Morisi (P.A.M.) continued to rock along with great adventures and beautiful covers. Morisi's ability to freeze a moment in time was unmatched in the field then or now. Go-Go knocked out another issue giving Charlton an often overlooked entry in the comic satire category. And as always Charlton plugged away with some Romance and War books. Two examples this month are I Love You with a perfectly delightful cover by Vince Colletta and Army Attack featuring some Sam Glanzman artwork focusing on the Navy Seals of their time, the famous Green Berets.