Sunday, July 31, 2016

Bursting With Entertainment!

One of the tried and true types of comic book covers is the one which seemingly breaks through the meager confines of the paper cover itself. I love visual gimmicks which toy with the very notion of the form and this 4th-world breaking technique is at the top. Perhaps the single finest example of this approach is the Atom cover above by Gil Kane. Not only eo we have two heroes involved in the break out, but one Atom is seemingly punching the other, but the Silver Age Atom might actually be in scale. The same hold true for the Doll Man cover below.  Here are a cavalcade of these dandy covers. Enjoy!

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Golden Derby - July 1966!

I think of this time fifty years ago this month as the moment when Charlton Comics became self-aware. Or least it was the time when they demonstrated they knew they had a fandom who were intrigued not only by the genre stories the company had produced for decades, but by the talents who produced those books. As we can see, one of the most famous comics in Charlton's whole oveure arrived, the final issue of what had been the long-running Konga series but which for a single giant-sized issue became Fantastic Giants, a book which had as its hook the artist Steve Ditko, celebrated front and center on the very memorable cover. The book featuring reprints of vintage Konga and Gorgo stories along with some new stuff from Ditko attempted to feed off the notoriety Ditko had gotten for his work at Marvel on Dr.Strange in Strange Tales and The Amazing Spider-Man. In a move that would presage the defection of Kirby to DC some years later, Ditko famously walked out on his most famous creations to work as he chose for the low-rent Charlton firm who had been there for him for decades as evidenced by the revival of his great co-creation for the company Captain Atom, who this month gained a new super-villain and a new partner named Nightshade, the Darling of Darkness. As evidenced by Outlaws of the West (sporting a nifty Rocke Mastroserio cover) and Love Diary (with a handsome Pat Masullli - Dick Giordano cover) the company still pressed ahead with its genre work. The final issue of Timmy the Timid Ghost (one of Charlton's longest-running titles) sported a cover with a nifty sense of irony as Timmy gets spooked by the latest issue of Ghostly Tales, Charlton's newest fright fest. It's a clever bit of cross-promotion and pulled off delightfully in this cover by Jon D'Agostino (with the Masterserio insert). All in all this is a great month for Charlton, one which pointed forward handsomely.

More to come next month.

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