Monday, February 27, 2017
The Golden Derby - February 1967!
Fifty years ago this month what just might be my all-time favorite Rocke Mastroserio cover hit the stands. While the interior of Charlton's War and Attack #59 is pretty standard the cover is awesome. The combination of explosion caught in a sight and the decision to make this a muted-color cover really allow this masterpiece to pop right off the stands. In addition to the standard war fare we get another issue of Judomaster, this one the second half of a rare Charlton two-part tale, this one introducing Tiger. This issue along with its predecessor are likely apogee of his Frank McLaughlin series and to a great extent reinforce Judomaster's similarity in some broad ways to Captain America. Go-Go offers up another zany installment with focus on Blooperman, Bikini Luv and Petula Clark, In the romance corner we get something a bit different as Career Romances dabbles in a cross-genre offering dubbed "Tiffany Sinn - Undercover Agent". This romance is really quite fun as it blends the usual angst of a pretty girl searching for love with the dangerous elements of minor espionage, a shout out of course to a genre which was still vibrant in the pop culture of the day. And finally we get more race car adventures in Hot Rods and Racing Cars as Clint Curtis and Road Knights step in along with another regular feature Rick Roberts. Charlton really seemed to have found a groove under the editorial leadership of Dick Giordano with some great things just around the corner, though February itself was indeed a very slender month. But more on that next time.