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.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Sergeant Strong

Here's a fun little forgotten strip that even I'd totally forgotten about, until I came across some old Valiant's at a con recently. Sergeant Strong is a kind of family friendly MACH 1, from long before 2000AD came along and gave old school comics like Valiant a kick up the backside.
Although this is 1975, it really feels like the mid '60's, and as drawn by Eric Bradbury, the adventures of superpowered superspy Simon Strong would've sat nicely inbetween that week's House Of Dollman and Kelly's Eye.
We still had an Empire in those days ( in people's minds if not in reality ) and Sergeant Strong is as comfortable and as British as a round of toast and an old pair of slippers. Irresistible.
Say, he does seem awfully pleased to have his own strip, doesn't he? And he's absolutely rocking that cravat.