E-Man Volume 3, Number 8 is dated May, 1975. It was published by Charlton Publications Inc, and the editor is George Wildman. The cover was painted by Joe Staton. To get a glimpse of what else was on the stands when this comic hit, check out this link.
"The Inner Sun" was written by Nicola Cuti, drawn by Joe Staton with colors by Wendy Fiore. The story begins after midnight when two policeman on patrol (who disregard Plastic Man making a cameo and waving at them from the sidewalk) get a report of a disturbance at the seemingly abandoned Boar Electronics Company. The encounter a giant blonde woman dressed in animal hide who attacks them and escapes. The scene shifts to a Michael Mauser's office where he is teaching Alec (E-Man) Tronn to play poker. Nova arrives and is upset that Mauser is corrupting her naive thousands-of years-old boyfriend. Despite changing to Charlie Chan, E-Man is snagged by his irritated other. Then the giant woman appears in Mauser's door, says his name and collapses. The woman is taken to the couch and mutters words about the North Pole and the name "Boar". E-Man immediately realizes this is Samuel Boar and learns from Mauser that Boar had escaped prison three months earlier. Leaving Nova and Mauser to tend to the giant woman E-Man uses radio waves and specifically the ham radio set of kid Clifford Bailey to get to the North Pole quickly. He encounters at the Pole a rough looking customer named Alfie Alcott and his pet Teddy a Koala, since both of them are from Australia. It turns out though that Alcott works for Boar who suddenly appears along with his new improved and larger Battery.
|Cover Art by Staton|
|Nova by Staton|
"E-Mail" offers up three letters from fans, all of them complimentary to the story in issue five "The City Swallower" in particular and the series as a whole in general.
The story was reprinted in 1986 by First Comics and later in E-Man - The Early Years.
This is the only full-length E-Man feature in the Charlton run. It's got a sprawling story suitable for its larger scope and a broad cast of characters.
The change to Nova was apparently a bid by Cuti and Staton to drive up sales on the series which were lagging. The experiment to re-introduce superheroes to Charlton had garnered strong fanboy support but overall was failing to reap the kinds of sales needed to allow the project to thrive. So changes were made both the cast, in this case making Nova Kane a superhero, and by adding to it.
Teddy is an attempt to add more humor to the comic and also respond to the reader interest in the Bools which were little other-dimensional critters in a previous story. Teddy gives the series a furry mascot, but one with an ironic sense for sure.
Mike "Don't Call Me Mickey" Mauser's role in the story is odd, since clearly Rega is recaptured but we don't see it, nor is it referenced. Mauser is about to be spun off into his own series and maybe this appearance is just an attempt to remind readers about the irascible gumshoe.
One nitpick I've noticed in the series this time, is that although in the debut issue the energy packet that became E-Man was said to have been trolling across the universe for millions of years, Cuti quickly in subsequent issues says that E-Man's age is in the thousands of years. I prefer the former, and I don't really understand why it was changed.
The cast though is nigh well complete, but then came a Dove. We'll give peace a chance next time.