Friday, November 11, 2016

Super Green Beret!


Super Green Beret must be one of the most bizarre comic book series (all two issues of it) ever put onto the stands. From the short-lived Lightning Comics which also brought us the Fatman The Human Flying Saucer.  Written by veteran comics scribe Otto Binder this weirdo story plucked its premise from the Golden Age of the Big Red Cheese himself Captain Marvel and delivered the adventures of youngster Tod Holton who gots his youthful mitts on a Green Beret which enable him to transform into the adult "Super Green Beret", who though he looked like a regular soldier (more or less) was super-powered in a multitude of ways. Due to his magical nature he fought in wars from a host of eras, including the then troublesome Vietnam War. The stories were drawn by Carl Pfeufer, a veteran of comics from its earliest days perhaps most famous for his work on the Sub-Mariner for Timely.

Here are the covers to both issues of Tod Holton Super Green Beret from 1967.



To read both of these outlandish comic books in their entirety this Veteran's Day check out this link to Ethan Persoff's outstanding repository of oddball things. If you ain't ever read these before, then you ain't read anything like 'em.

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4 comments:

  1. Better keep this away from the President-elect’s camp. It might turn up as a newly drafted foreign policy proposal for 2017.

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    1. It does indeed have the requisite simplistic notions of how the rest of the world works which inform the soon-to-be occupant.

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  2. Reminds me a little of the U.K.'s Captain Hurricane, looks-wise. He wasn't a kid who turned into an adult, but he did have something pretty close to 'super' strength.

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    1. I had to look Hurricane up, but I'd certainly have to agree.

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