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.


  1. Always nice to see some vintage Sam Rosen lettering

  2. There was an almost intangible appeal to the Harvey "Thriller" packaging, with Joe Simon finding a way to assemble a variety of material that spanned styles and genres. That first Frost issue had some great back-ups by Al Williamson and Wally Wood. Even weirder was Double-Dare Adventures with B-Man, that featured some early plotting by Jim Steranko. I also enjoyed the preview pages, which had more to do with ad placement in all Harvey Comics than entertainment.