It amazes me that with all the wonderful comic book work from decades gone by now available in some sort of published collection that the literal handful of colorful comics books from the short-lived Lightning Comic company has not gotten that treatment by someone.
|(Some see the hand of Bill Everet on this aquatic cover. I do too. )|
Lightning Comics put out only two comics. The first was the outlandishly titled Fatman The Human Flying Saucer. Aside from the unforgettable title this comic featured the Silver Age work of Captain Marvel veterans Otto Binder and the distinctive C.C. Beck.
Beck famously returned to Captain Marvel when DC revived the book in the early 70's, but with Fatman The Human Flying Saucer (real name Van Crawford who gets his oddball powers from an alien visitor), it's clear that he and Binder wanted to capture that old "Shazam" magic all on their own, populating the comic with colorful villains and even a super-heroic sidekick dubbed "Tinman" in his other guise is a youngster Lucius Pindle nicknamed "Thin Boy".
If you'd like to read the complete Fatman the Human Flying Saucer canon check out this delightful link.
The other title produced by Lightning Comics was Tod Holton Super Green Beret, a comic I've looked at here at the Dojo before. To read those stories go here.
Both of these vintage Silver Age comics, for all their flaws deserved to have a paper collection out there, something old guys like me can buy and have and hold and call our very own.
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