Wednesday, January 3, 2018
E-Man's Last Adventure!
E-Man was what remained of a larger proposal by Nicola Cuti to his bosses at Charlton Comics to revive the superhero genre. But the bosses were still stung by the collapse of Dick Giordano's "Action Hero" line and didn't give Cuti's proposal the green light...exactly. They did okay a single superhero title and Cuti enlisted Joe Staton, a talented artistic newcomer to comics who was learning with every job. Together they gave the world E-Man, who is actually an alien bundle of energy come to Earth and bewildered by what he found seeks guidance, which he finds in the lovely form of Nova Kane, a college student and sometime exotic dancer. The two find comfort in one another's company and romance to boot. The world has never been the same as they confronted all manner of baddies often aided by pint-size gumshoe Mike Mauser.
Now the E-Man saga, which has kindled here and there at different comic book publishers for four decades is apparently coming to an end. Joe Staton, who bought the rights to the character from First Comics has, along with his partner Nick Cuti, presented new E-Man stories when such things could be arranged. Now Staton says the story currently running in Charlton Arrow, put together by the folks at Charlton Neo and distributed by AC Comics could well be the final bow. (The third part of the story is scheduled to hit the stands this month.) But like that famous detective whose author tried to kill off so long ago, I hold out hope that maybe, just maybe there will be more. For now, I'll take what I have and treasure the rest. It's an ideal time to dig out the vintage appearances from the 70's, the 80's, the 90's, and beyond and give them all a loving re-reading.
So you don't want to be left out. Catch the last E-train for what might well be the final E-run. You know Nova would want you to do it.