The kind of masterpiece Stan & Jack used to throw out in an afternoon, this one's always stuck with me since I swapped it off somebody back in the Bronze Age. Whatever the other guy ended up with, I got the better end of the deal.
Yeah, Thor fights a super-adaptive robot yadda yadda blah blah, but what we're really interested in is the B-story. You'll see the ending coming a mile away, but that's what makes it sweeter.
And I can't believe Jack wasn't thinking of Jimmy Cagney here.
I must say our special guest star, TV and film legend Freddie Jones, is taking to his new career as a cartoon character like a duck to water. Mind you, he's yet to meet Dave Speilberg...
Lights Camera Action, over at kidsfromrecroad.blogspot.com
Here's the original muck-encrusted mockery of a man, from Theodore Sturgeon's 1940 tale, as adapted here by Roy Thomas, Marie Severin & Frank Giacoia. We actually had the original story in a sci-fi / horror compendium in our school library, and I vividly remember reading It! one lunchtime, and being so repulsed by Sturgeon's descriptions of the creature that I couldn't finish my sandwiches...
Even with decades of Man-Thing's, Swamp Thing's, Bog Beast's and Heap's, It! is still powerful stuff, Marie and Frankie are on top form as always, and Roy keeps it all as nasty as the original.
Astoundingly, someone suggested at the time that It should have it's own series, just at the same time that Manny was slithering out of the swamp. Possibly, that's the apocryphal tale of Len Wein & Marv Wolfman trying to convince Stan to do a female version called She-It ( say it quickly ). Anyway, common sense prevailed. This is an absolute one-off.
This week over at Rec. Road, we have a special guest star joining us for the third part of Kids Of The Stones. And for once, it's not Tiger-Man desperately trying to restart his career off the back of our strip.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the great British character actor Freddie Jones, who of course, played village madman Dai in the original Children Of The Stones.
Others may remember Freddie as Sir George Uproar in the wonderful Ghosts Of Motley Hall, or indeed from a million other things, like Krull, Dune or The Satanic Rites Of Dracula, him being in literally everything.
So it's a real pleasure to welcome him to Rec. Road. Mind you, judging by the photo, I'm not sure Freddie is as thrilled.
Join us at Rec. Road quick, before he calls his agent...
Spellbound was, as mentioned before, DC Thompson's big Girls Mystery Weekly, which these days feels like a copy of the much better known Misty, even though it actually appeared first.
Personally, I slightly prefer Misty if pushed to decide, though let's not forget, Spellbound had Supercats.
It also had lots of other great stuff, like When The Mummy Walks, the strip that led off the first 10 issues.
It's a cracking mystery strip, with a plucky heroine, a dopy hero and a hissable villain, as well as the spooky Mummy herself, but as so often in Girls weeklies, what's really great about it is the art.
I would've sworn up and down this was by some Spanish artist I'd previously been unaware of, what with it's wibbly-wobbly line and slightly off-kilter look. This guy never worked for Warren, but it's so in that Spanish style I was absolutely convinced.
But according to the site Girls Comics Of Yesterday, this is by an artist called Norman Lee, who presumably was British.
There's no other information about this guy anywhere, as far as I can tell, but a quick look over at the GCBC reveals a Norman Lee who worked for a German mystery book called Vanessa, and the painted covers kind of maybe look like the same artist.
Lee ( whoever he was ) also did the jokier, but equally great I Don't Want To Be A Witch for Spellbound, so who was he really?
A girls mystery comic with a mystery of it's own...
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