Saturday, 7 February 2015

Mighty Samson


Mighty Samson was a great little post-apocalypse romp from Gold Key, of all people. Scripted by Otto Binder, the first 7 issues were drawn by a youngish Frank Thorne, and as Saturday Morning thrills go, it's a lot of fun. Like a precursor to Thundarr The Barbarian in a way.
This first issue covers a lot of ground in it's 36 pages, with Samson taking a while to get the iconic look he wears on the cover, and even has flashes of darkness in it, which is really odd for a family friendly Gold Key book.
But at heart, it's a perfect excuse for Binder and Thorne to ignore reality, and make up the rules of Samson's world as they go along, what with Liobears, Lightning Beasts and six-pawed Gorilla's rampaging around the place.
Having said that, no one here seems to be having too much of a hard time considering it's the end of the world, especially red headed totty Sharmaine, who seems to have stepped out of a salon, and who the male survivors seemingly have no interest in beyond her use as a 'hostage'. A Boy And His Dog this is not.
Although I for one never quite trust Mindor. Maybe it's the way Thorne draws him, but he always looks to me like the kind of scientist who'd willingly let his daughter and new best friend stand in front of a radium reactor if he learnt something out of it. And let's face it, our hero isn't the brightest bulb in the post-apocalyptic box.
But End Of The World fun for kids? Yeah, let's have some more of that.
Mighty Samson lasted quite a while, running right through to 1976, although Gold Key, much like Charlton & Warren, loved reprinting the same material over and over again, so it's the original premiere issue we'll stick with here, thank you very much.


  1. Hey there, pete. Thanks for posting this: I haven't looked at it for years and I think I enjoyed it even more now. Your analogy is spot on-definitely a Thundarr vibe, but with more of an edge. I also like what Frank Thorne did here and I just might buy the archives edition just to read these (I lost mine many a year ago).

  2. Most welcome, John. From hating Frank's work as a kid, I've grown up to realise what an idiot I was, and can't get enough of his stuff these days. Especially early work like this. And it does look great in the archive edition!