Saturday, 23 June 2018

Jack Of Hearts



Jack Of Hearts is another one of those characters that never really caught on, despite Marvel pushing him at us at every available opportunity.
Ok, he wasn't as annoying as The Torpedo, but he was strangely bland, being a square jawed nice guy without much of an edge to him. He was also the character no artist wanted as an assignment, his costume being infinitely more time-consuming than, say, Daredevil or The Punisher.
He also stole The White Tiger's series out from under him in the pages of Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu, something I never forgave him for.
And yet, we demanded him blasting into solo action, apparently.
Actually, this try-out in Marvel Premiere  is pretty good. Sure, you have to wade through the obligatory flashback to the origin, and the shoehorned 'Hi, I'm the supporting cast'  you get in every intro story, but Keith Giffen & Rudy Nebres make a lush art team, and the excruciatingly camp villain is a hoot. Give him his own book.




















Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Solomon Kane: Hills Of The Dead Part 1



Here's the first part of one of the best Solomon Kane stories, adapted by Alan Weiss, Neal Adams and some guy called Roy Thomas.
As I say repeatedly to anyone who'll listen, Alan Weiss should've spent his entire career drawing Solomon Kane, then the world as a consequence would now be a much brighter and happier place.











Sunday, 17 June 2018

Ken Steacy & Gene Day's Electric Warrior



From 1975, here's Canadian zine Orb, and some real early Ken Steacy / Gene Day work.
I suspect this started life as a college project, it's heroes being a couple of students who invent a super-scientific samurai sword, as you do.
And if you can write the rest of the story yourself from there, that very genericness is what makes it fun. This is fan stuff, done with a pure love and excitement for the medium, and the kind of thing we all did as kids.
Except, unfortunately for us, we weren't all Ken Steacy & Gene Day.

















Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The Legion Of Super-Heroes: The Betrayer From Beyond



If it's Wednesday, there must be a traitor in The Legion.
Seriously, these guys were so often screwed over from within their own ranks, it's a wonder somebody didn't just go the whole hog, and invent a character called Traitor Lad, and have it be him every time.
This time round though, it's one of the new Legion applicants who's the bad egg, but which one? Is it Infectious Lass, or Molecular Master, or is it my namesake Porcupine Pete?
Oh right, the covers already given it away. Nice one, DC.
This issue also features the ( because you demanded it! ) return of one my all-time favourite Legionnaires, Wildfire, who'd bravely sacrificed himself a few issues previous, and of course, it's from Dave Cockrum's run, still the best Legion artist for me, and next to Kirby, comics' greatest costume designer.
Sadly, none of the applicants this issue make the grade and get in the team, not even Infectious Lass, who has the power of making blogger's come up with a million inappropriate gags about her.
But then, I guess what Bouncing Boy & Duo Damsel get up to at night already covers that one, and as we know, you can't have the same superpower twice in the Legion.