Friday, September 2, 2016

G-8 AND HIS BATTLE ACES "Secret Weapon" Conclusion

...actually, we haven't seen this scene, since this magnificent George Wilson cover is symbolic, rather than literal!
(BTW, that's Steve [Doc Savage] Holland as G-8!
No wonder his shirt is ripped!)
But, we have seen that G-8 has discovered the hidden base from which that giant bird-like zeppelin had been launching attacks against the Allies!
So kick the tires and light the fires, because the big finale is here...
Adapted by Leo Dorfman, penciled by George Evans, and inked by Mike Peppe, the story is based upon Popular Publications' G-8 and his Battle Aces #93, (1941) "Death is My Destiny!" by Robert J Hogan (who wrote all 110 G-8 pulp novels), featuring Karg (in his only appearance)!
Why they didn't feature the eagle-shaped zepplin on the cover mystifies me...

Until we meet again...
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

G-8 AND HIS BATTLE ACES "Secret Weapon" Part 2

America's Flying Spy infiltrates a German base and discovers clues to an attack that could cost thousands of Allied lives!
Barely making it through No Man's Land, he returns to his base...
What does G-8 have in mind?
Find out tomorrow as the story continues at our "brother" RetroBlog, Hero Histories!
Here's some background about the flying spy and his chameleon-like talents...
Written by Leo Dorfman, penciled by George Evans, and inked by Mike Peppe, this 1966 one-shot from Gold Key was a test to see if a revival of the pulp character could capitalize on nostalgia and interest in the 50th Anniversary of World War I, and combine it with the then-current craze for both super-heroes and spies!
Unfortunately, it didn't sell.
Note: the cover painting is by George Wilson and features actor/model Steve (Doc Savage) Holland as G-8!
Until we meet again...
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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

SGT FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS "Commission in Korea" Conclusion

...the re-commissioned Howling Commandos under Colonel "Happy Sam" Sawyer, are sent into North Korea to blow up a secret air base!
With a slightly shaken-up "Happy Sam" stationed outside the base as backup, Sgt Fury and the Howlers attack in their own inimitable style...
Why all the set-up for Nick Fury?
He had recently-appeared in Fantastic Four as an eyepatch-wearing CIA colonel to help them stop the Hate Monger and reminisce with Reed Richards, whom he'd met during WWII when Reed was an OSS agent.
So we knew he had survived to the (then) present day.
But bigger plans were in store for Fury...
Nick had just replaced The Human Torch and The Thing as Dr Strange's co-feature in Strange Tales., making him the first comic character to have two simultaneous strips set in two different time periods!
(Howling Commandos in the 1940s, S.H.I.E.L.D. in the 1960s!)
Several of the Howlers joined Nick at S.H.I.E.L.D., including Dum-Dum, Gabe, and Eric Koenig, who had not yet joined the group.
(That created a "Chekov/Khan Paradox".
In Star Trek II, the Wrath of Khan, Chekov is captured and recognized by Khan.
But Chekov didn't appear in the first-season episode, "Space Seed", Khan appeared in, since the character wasn't created or cast until the next season!
How did Khan recognize somone he never met?)
And we finally got to see the only exclusive Sgt Fury-themed Marvel merchandise of the 1960s...a Sgt Fury and His Howling Commandos t-shirt (which, unlike most of the other Marvel shirts of the period, has never been reissued!)
Until next time...

Monday, August 1, 2016


In 1965, we learned Marvel's WWII combat heroes saw action in the Korean War!
This tale from Sgt Fury and His Howling Commandos Annual #1 (1965), gives the details...
We'll observe, Commie...TOMORROW!
In the 1960s, Marvel's Annuals were a mixed bag.
Unlike DC's 80-Page Giants which were all-reprint, they combined a new lead story with reprints and, sometimes, behind-the-scenes featurettes and pin-ups into a 72-page package (which reduced over several years down to 68 pages) for the same 25₵ price as the aforementioned Giants.
This Stan Lee-scripted, Dick Ayers-penciled, Frank Giacoia-inked tale ("Frankie Ray" was a pseudonym) covered a major, but untold, event in the group's history...their only battle during the Korean War!
And you'll discover why...tomorrow!
Until then...

Thursday, July 21, 2016

MARVEL SUPER-HEROES "Phantom Eagle" Part 1

As part of our annual RetroBlogs Summer Mini-Marathon...
...we're presenting the never-repinted origin of Marvel's World War I flying ace from the anthology comic Marvel Super-Heroes #16 (1968)!
Yeah, we know it's a heck of a time to break away, but fear not, True Believer!
You'll find the pulse-pounding conclusion to this tale, along with some background about the strip at our "brother" RetroBlog Hero Histories...on Friday!
For the record, it's written by Gary Friedrich and illustrated by Herb Trimpe with some retouching by Marie Severin.
Here's a bonus to make up for not presenting the entire tale at one shot: the original art (complete with editorial notes) for several of the pages.
Note: these are almost 50 years old and were not meant to be seen in this form by the public, just photographed by the color separation company for their coloring techs to work on, so they're not "clean".
There was no "original art market" as there is today, and often these pages were lost, destroyed, or given away to family, friends, or clients after being photographed!