Friday, May 21, 2010

Golden Age Hero: The Twister

Today's stories feature nothing but Novelty Press' short-lived superhero, The Twister!

Created by Paul Gustavson (who also created The Fantom of The Fair, The Arrow & The Angel, to name three), The Twister first appeared in "Blue Bolt Comics volume 1 issue 1" (June 1941). In 2002, AC Comics reprinted The Twister's first appearance, as well as his cameo appearance from the Blue Bolt story in the same issue (Men of Mystery # 36). Twister also made cameo appearances in both Dick Cole & Sub-Zero's stories in the same issue of "Blue Bolt Comics", as well, although neither of those stories were reprinted by AC Comics. Twister continued to appear in "Blue Bolt Comics" until issue 7 (December 1941).

Dynamite Entertainment has revived this long-forgotten hero in both their "Black Terror" & "Project Superpowers" series, albeit with an heavily updated costume.

Blue Bolt Comics v2 n2

Blue Bolt Comics v2 n3

Blue Bolt Comics v2 n4

Blue Bolt Comics v2 n5

The stories presented here from issues 3-5 of Blue Bolt Comics were scanned by me, while issue 2's story was taken from the file available online. Blue Bolt Comics volume two issues 2-4 are available at your favorite Golden Age comic book download site.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Super Animals Unleashed!

Today's stories are from Atomic Mouse 11 (Dec 1954), Supermouse 35 (April 1956) and Atomic Mouse 38 (Sept 1960).

Charlton's Atomic Mouse appeared in his own title, with volume one beginning in 1953 and ending in 1963, running for either 52 or 54 issues (apparently, issues 53 & 54 either don't exist at all, or are so rare that nobody involved in price guides or comic indexes have seen them). He also appeared (sometimes only in a text story) in other Charlton titles, including "Zoo Funnies", "Timmy The Timid Ghost", "Tom Cat", "Rock and Rollo", "Li'l Genius" and "Funny Animals". In 1983, AC Comics featured the hero in issues 3 & 4 of "Americomics". In 1984-85, Atomic Mouse was revived by Charlton for four issues (#'s 1 and 10-12).

Supermouse first appeared in Nedor's "Coo Coo Comics # 1" in 1942, continuing to appear in that title until issue 56. In 1948, Supermouse received his own 36-issue series, which lasted until 1956.

To download the full comics (for free) from which today's stories were originally featured, follow these links:
Supermouse # 35
Atomic Mouse # 11
Atomic Mouse # 38
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