Alan Class Presents Wally Wood's T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents
This week just gone marked the anniversary of the birth of the one & only Wally Wood.
Woody was the first comic book artist I was ever a fan of, from the instant I saw his first issue of Daredevil reprinted in Mighty World Of Marvel.
But soon after that, I also discovered his magnificent T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents series. However, rather than reading the adventures of Noman, Menthor & Dynamo in the original Tower comics, we on this side of the pond experienced this stuff in the glorious ( and shockingly badly printed ) Alan Class line.
Oh, you thought Charlton printed on bad paper?
As I've reminisced before, these comics ran to no publishing schedule known to man, each issue featuring completely different characters and stories, and were culled from Silver Age Marvel, Charlton, Tower, and god knows where else. There was no rhyme or reason to any of it.
In fact, they weren't even called Alan Class comics. They weren't called anything, except maybe 'Summer Holiday Comics', as that seemed to be when they mostly appeared.
In fact, even though Class obviously paid to reprint these stories, they do sort of feel like bootlegs these days.
So, as we head into summer, here's how Woody & Dynamo, and all the rest of the gang, were introduced to us.
For the full effect, read this on the beach while your parents repeatedly ask you if you're going to be spending the holiday doing nothing but reading comics.
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