Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Spook!

Mike Kaluta

The Spook was a Batman villain from the early 70's who didn't make much of a splash afterwards, but I've always thought he made for some outstanding covers by the likes of  Mike Kaluta, Dick Giordano, Nick Cardy, and Ernie "Chua" Chan.

The Spook, created by veteran artist and writer Frank Robbins,  always put in mind of a Scooby-Doo villain, a seemingly supernatural menace who ultimately is revealed to be a mere conniving human motivated by simple greed or petty vengeance. In this case, Val Kaliban is a corrupt  and murderous architect who uses specially installed secret passages to free convicts from prison for money.

Check out the Who's Who page and the splash page below illustrated by the painfully underrated Irv Novick.


Irv Novick

Now enjoy this quite excellent cover gallery. The Spook wasn't featured on many covers, but they were all well above average.

Dick Giordano

Nick Cardy

Ernie "Chua" Chan

Dick Giordano

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  1. I love how the "Spook" lettering is always set apart in terms of its "ghostly" style. It guarantees that the word virtually pronounces itself aloud in your mind when you see it. :)

  2. Irv Novick
    In The Seventies
    If You Got A Batman Comic Off The Spinner Rack
    And It Had Novick Art...
    That Was BATMAN
    Giordano Inks Perfect

    Long Live The DOJO


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