Friday, 30 January 2015

Jack Quick Frost: The Coolest Hero In Comics

Here's an old fave. Unearthly Spectaculars was from Harvey, and was a bit of a mixed bag, being a bit mystery title, a bit humour and a bit superhero. Jack Quick Frost debuted in issue #2, and was drawn by Jack Sparling, but by the next, and last, issue he was in the capable hands of the magnificent Bill Draut.
Not that I knew it was Bill Draut at the time, having only recently discovered his name via reprints of House Of Secrets. Nice to be a fan of an artist without even knowing it.
Like every superhero of the period, Jack has a power that's as much a gift as a curse, a best buddy who knows his secret identity, and a romantic interest he doesn't dare reveal his love for, on account of him being a walking ice cube.
This guy wants to be a Marvel superhero so bad, he even cheekily calls people 'Pilgrim'. But I like him, he's a tryer.
Even if his catchphrase ( 'Great Suffering Ceaser' ) is a bit lame.

I also feel a bit sorry for Lord Lazee, who actually isn't The World's Laziest Villain. Lots of bad guys sit in big chairs and push buttons while their henchmen do the heavy lifting, plus his evil plan is fairly sound and he kind of wins this episode.
Don't do yourself down, Lord Lazee, you could be a contender...oh wait, Unearthly Spectatculars has been cancelled.
Well, never mind, give Jack Quick Frost a go anywayYou too will feel like a ring-tailed whizzer with striped wheels.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Garth: The Doomsmen

Just realized I've yet to post a whole adventure of Britain's greatest superhero Garth. Well, let's remedy that right now. From 1975, here's the legendary Frank Bellamy with The Doomsmen, a story I'm guessing was heavily inspired by that old Avengers TV episode The Cybernauts, if anyone remembers that.
As well as Superman & Conan, the big fella is also a little bit James Bond, what with his flat in London, house in the country, and swinging '70's sportscar. Why then is he here attending a dusty lecture hall with old friend Prof. Lumiere, when he'd obviously much rather be at a Soho nightclub? Well, that's just the kind of pal Garth is.
I mean, it's not like anything untoward is going to happen, is it?

Saturday, 24 January 2015

The Peanuts Movie Teaser Trailer

Has everybody heard about this? What do we think? Schulz's family are apparently heavily involved, so that's good, and they've got the classic music. Me, I grudgingly accept it has to be computer animation and it least it feels like Peanuts...


Finally located some primo examples of Enrique Romero's beautiful Supercats strip from girls' weekly Spellbound, detailing the adventures of space-travelling super teens Hercula, Fauna, Electra
There's not much to say for the stories, they do the job nicely enough, but the stories aren't why I read Supercats, and they're not why you'll read them. It's Enrique Romero we're here for.

Here's the thing though, this work might not even be by Romero. Apparently, Enrique's brother Jorge also did a ton of stuff for the British market under the name of Jorge B. Galvez, and it's next to impossible to find out who did what, particularly on this strip.
I'd say at a push, that the black & white story looks more like Axa, while the colour strip ( from one of the Diana annuals ) has subtle differences to Romero's style, but what do I know?
Originally, as you'll see from the colour pages, the gals were saddled with the distinctively un-groovy title The Fabulous Four. Thank god that didn't stick or they'd be even more obscure than they are now.

Both stories have incredibly stilted dialogue, suggesting they were badly translated from Spanish, but I think it's more likely they were done Marvel style ie. Romero had a basic script to work from that was then clumsily dialogued after. Axa was a bit like that too, so maybe that's the way he liked to work.
I'm surprised, in all these years, no enterprising Spanish publisher has asked Romero to bring the Supercats back, but then I'm surprised there isn't a ' best of ' as well. Back to scrawling round the net then...