Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Hong Kong Phooey

The greatest Kung Fu superhero of the Bronze Age was, of course, Hong Kong Phooey. After all, even The Sons Of The Tiger never got their own theme tune, number one super guys or not.
The mighty mutt got his own comic too, courtesy of Charlton, and it's quite nicely drawn, even if you do miss the unmistakable voice of the late, great Scatman Crothers. Not to worry though, you won't be able to read this without hearing him doing the dialogue.
There are a couple of questions here though: How did I never notice that Hong Kong Phooey & Shang-Chi get their outfits from the same shop? And why is George Jetson and his twin brothers the bad guys in the second story?

Friday, 23 September 2016

Batman: Man In The Eternal Mask

Here's a great, operatic tale from Frank Robbins' time on The Caped Crusader, with the perfect pairing of Bob Brown and Frank Giacoia on art duties. And like many a story on this site, I first read this tale in a hardback UK Christmas annual, so even though there's no real surprises here, I'll always regard this piece with yuletide affection. Anyway, it's always good to see the actual 'detective' side of Batman, even if the solution is blindingly obvious.
Plus, Brown's characters are always, always in motion ( which is just one of the reasons I always liked his drawing style ), in fact they're generally in completely over-the-top, all-limbs-extended motion, like in the excellent fight scene here.
People are very rarely just standing around in a Bob Brown strip, and even when they are, they seem just about to spring into violent action. Note also the page where the villain reveals himself, and the smirk on the portrait looking down on him. THAT'S a storyteller.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Scream Presents: The Thirteenth Floor

Imagine if Jim Warren had found himself in England at the tail end of The Bronze Age, putting out a weekly comic for a slightly younger audience than Creepy.
You've just imagined Scream, one of the last great British weeklies, before they sadly disappeared from our newsagents. Like the best Horror comics, Scream had an air of forbidden fruit about it, and your parents definitely wouldn't like it.
It had some fantastic, kid-centric serials, all introduced by your Eerie Editor, the mysterious Ghastly McNasty.

Here's one, The Thirteenth Floor, which comes with superb art from Warren alumni Jose Ortiz. It's about a state of the art tower block, and Max, the psychotic computer that runs it.
Max, like all the best British comics heroes, is a class warrior, always looking out for his low income tenants and exacting brutal, poetic revenge on anyone who tries to mess with them. Here's Max's inaugural murder, something he's going to develop quite a taste for...

Friday, 16 September 2016

Luis Bermejo's Lord Of The Rings: In The Mines Of Moria

Welcome back to part 2 of Luis Bermejo's magnificent ( and long overdue for a glossy English language reprint ) adaptation of El Senor De Los Anillos, which is even more gorgeous than part 1.
Luis, it turns out, was Warren's third most prolific Spanish artist ( after Jose Ortiz and Esteban Maroto ) and give me half a chance and I'll always post more of his wonderful work on Bill DuBay's The Rook.
As there are no credits, don't know if Luis did the colouring as well, but it too is great, looking like the greatest children's fairy tale you've ever seen.
Meanwhile, Frodo has woken up just in time for Elrond to bring together The Fellowship Of The Ring...