Wednesday, 1 July 2009


TigerMan was another one of Atlas Comics' characters that, like The Destructor, possibly deserved a longer shelf life. He first appeared here, in the company's black & white mag, Thrilling Adventure Stories, drawn by the great Ernie Colon. This is actually quite a nasty little piece, typical of Atlas' desire to distinguish themselves from the Marvel books they were blatantly ripping off, by making their characters more vicious and bloodthirsty than the nice guys over at The House Of Ideas.
TigerMan suffers not a moment's recrimination while ripping various bad guys' faces to shreds. In fact it isn't even mentioned that he should, and though I think they toned him down for his colour appearances, this guy regularly made Wolverine look like a wuss.
Plus that whole animal mask under greasy '70's haircut look is fantastically bizarre and creepy.


  1. Ernie Colón’s Atlas art was quite stylish (as was his "Manimal" work over in Hot Stuf'). He also did The Grim Ghost, which was another of the Atlas books which probably deserved a longer run.

  2. Tiger-Man was awesome. Atlas Comics were really cool until that whole "third issue change" decreed by the publisher to make them "more like Marvel." Unfortunate: they had some originality and were their own thing with their own grittier mood until then. Coulda been a contender. Better than contemporary DC and Marvel comics anyway.

  3. Touch-and-go Bullethead9 November 2015 at 11:52

    "They had some originality"...oh, come now. There was never a more derivative company than Atlas.
    Ironjaw took his name, and the gimmick that justified it, from the old foe of Crimebuster.
    Grim Ghost had the same premise (a condemned soul killing criminals to fill Hell) from the original Black Widow series.
    Morlock 2001 was set in a dystopian future in which books are banned, and firemen burn the books--seem familiar?
    Planet of the Vampires took its title from a Mario Bava movie, and its premise was a combination of "Planet of the Apes" and "I am Legend."
    The name and look of Targitt were obviously inspired by the movie "Bullitt," and the plot of the first issue was a combination of "The Big Heat" and "The French Connection."
    The Brute's first story was a scene-for-scene copy of the terrible movie "Trog."
    Sgt. Stryker's name was swiped from John Wayne's character in "The Sands of Iwo Jima."

    I could go on...