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Saturday, February 25, 2017

HOUSE OF SECRETS

Only the two issues of this title, the first I chose, because it had "The Heap", which I wanted to try to see if he compared to Marvel's Hulk?

Unfortunately, I found him "heap disappointing", but I did enjoy the Eclipso strip, so I went on to buy the following issue: -



Of course, this title is most famous for debuting The Swamp Thing in the 70's!

MYSTERY IN SPACE

Another comic that was heavily advertised in DC comics at the time was this one.
Attracted by the multiple composites of this character, ( it reminded me a bit of Metamorpho! ), I quickly snapped it up when the comic appeared in the spinner racks.
And I.did like the character, so much that I  would buy a.further three issues that featured Ultra on the cover. Sadly though, I never did come across his origin issue.

A common ploy in comics! - "Let's turn the hero 'bad' this month!"









Wednesday, February 22, 2017

STRANGE ADVENTURES

This was the last of the DC comics that Richard Bradley gave me in that large bundle, ( although there were a couple more comics as well! )
Anyway, a good life lesson here - First impressions can be extremely misleading!

This comic was heavily promoted in DC's in-house ads of the time and they certainly sold me on it and I grabbed this as soon as I saw it, to get to read the story of the man who had two separate adventures simultaneously in two dimensions with only half a body in each!

This issue was heavily promoted too and who could resist a cover like that!
And, true to their word, I actually did do all of that!

And yet another issue, heavily publicised!  I would always have a thing for talking Apes and, if you look back at early sixties DC "weird" comics covers, you will see many examples of pre-"Planet Of The Apes" talking Apes on their covers!





Sunday, February 12, 2017

TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED

All three of these issues were given to me by Richard Bradley and I am now surprised to learn that I never actually bought one single copy of this title myself in the sixties!


This first issue came from a time when Space Ranger was the lead character in every issue.


But it was when the covers started showing stories like this that the title started to appeal more to me! Sadly, I can't remember the reason why red did turn to green?


I think, if I remember correctly, the.reason that only this man could see the aliens was because he had just had some new contact lenses fitted?

Anyway, after a while, DC shortened the title to just "UNEXPECTED" and I would buy the title again in the eighties, until it came to an end.


Thursday, February 09, 2017

HOUSE OF MYSTERY

My generous benefactor, Richard Bradley was a big fan of The Martian Manhunter, as can be seen by 3 out of the first 4 of the issues on this post, all of which he had given to me!
Myself, although I regarded him as a very powerful member of The Justice League, I would not  have chosen them from the spinner racks above other comics!









....Whereas the next cover did appeal to me and made me buy the comic!



....As did the rest of the issues of this title that I bought, with their new gimmick:- " Dial 'H' For Hero "!


Now this really was a novel idea for the time!



Well, I now guess that this had to happen! - It was only a matter of time!


....And what a shrewd move on DC's part to re-introduce another golden-age "Quality Comics" hero to a new audience, ( of which I was one! )
Of course, Plastic Man became so popular that he did get his own title for a while!


Aha, now! -  I was mistaken before, when I thought that I had remembered Bee-Boy from Superboy cropping up in Dial "H" For Hero!  -  It was Hornet-Man!!  -  Well, it's easy to confuse the two of them!

Anyway, I was later to get reacquainted with Dial "H" For Hero in Adventure Comics in the very early 80's and House Of Mystery was to star " I...Vampire! ", - DC's answer to Marvel's Dracula.
But, this concludes my run on the 60"s editions of the title!






Wednesday, December 21, 2016

THE DOOM PATROL

And straight on to another of my DC favourites, the Doom Patrol, - a team of freaks, led by a wheelchair-bound genius, Dr. Niles Caulder, simply known as "The Chief". The original team consisted of three core members, Robotman, Elasti-Girl and Negative Man.
Their first appearance was in My Greatest Adventure #80, where they stayed for a further five issues, but they became so popular that by issue #86, the comic book itself was re-Christened "The Doom Patrol"!

I was later to aquire the above #82 from my generous  benefactor, Richard Bradley, but the very first issue that I ever saw was the following, which was the third of the three chosen during my 1965 wet holiday in Barmouth, again attracted by the cover!
In this classic issue, #89, a former student of the Chief's, after falling into a vat of amino acids, finds himself able to transform himself into anything - animal, vegetable or mineral!  Bitter and twisted, he seeks revenge on the Chief, but just how can the Doom Patrol actually find someone who can become almost anything?
Because I enjoyed the above issue so much, when I saw the cover below, I snatched the comic up!
By the time I had finished the return of the A-V-M Man, that was it, - I was hooked on the DP and would buy every copy of the title that I came across in the spinner racks, so here are the covers to those I had : -
In here we see the debut of angry teen, Beast-Boy, who wanted to join the team!
After he is turned down, he will try his luck with the Teen Titans!
Uh-oh! - More havoc here, caused by Beast-Boy!
Perhaps not a good time to ask again if he can join?
Mind you, Cliff Steele wasn't exactly a model student, when he awoke from a car crash, only to find his brain inside a robot's body, as we learn from the back-up story, which continues in  the next issue, ( below ) : -
In the next issue, we see the DP teamed-up with the Challengers Of The Unknown in half of a two-part cross-over.
Plus, we meet another new wannabe member, Mento!
Flippin' eck! - Looks like it didn't turn out too good for the Challs, in the other half of this story!?


Now, how about this for a cover and an impressive - looking Super-Villain?!
In this issue and the next ( below ), the team have to face Mr. 103, a kind of evil version of Metamorpho, as he is named after the 103 naturally - occuring elements!
Another belter of a cover!  At first glance of this in the  spinner rack, I thought that the A-V-M Man was back yet again, until I read the blurbs!

Anyway, in the next issue I bought, the DP had finally let Beast-Boy join them!
After all, ....What harm can it do?
Phew! - It's all right! - They're not dead! ( -YET!! ), but here they are pitted against the evil Madame Rouge, a kind of malevolent "Elongated Woman"!
[ PLEASE NOTE, in this issue, there is no "THE" in the title! ]

In this, the last issue that I bought ( and yet another stonking cover! ), things are looking very bleak for Robotman!
Little did I know that things would get even worse for the DP, come the next issue!!


WELL, THAT'S YOUR LOT FOR THIS YEAR, AS THE BLOG WILL BE GOING ON HIATUS, UNTIL THE NEW YEAR, BUT THEN I WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK, SHOWING YOU MY OLD COVERS!
IN THE MEANTIME, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE WHO HAS GIVEN ME SUPPORT, ENCOURAGMENT AND HELP ON MY HUMBLE EFFORT AND WISH YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR!













Tuesday, December 20, 2016

METAMORPHO

As I loved the Metal Men, it was only natural that Metamorpho, the Element Man would also appeal to me, as he was a kind of human "Metal Man" plus much more and he could also transform his body into any shape!



I can't remember just how Rex Mason got out of this situation, but I think if I were him, I would have morphed my head into a liquid element, like mercury and when it ran into my dismembered body parts, do the same with those until they were all joined up again. Then I would morph into a hard element!

If you haven't read this comic, I don't want to spoil it for you, -
But, the good Element Man wins !

It looks like E-Man had jumped down into a volcano here and caused a chemical reaction, making it erupt and propel him like a missile! - That's one way to fly!

Well, it had to happen, didn't it?  We have already had a second Element Man, so it was only going to be a matter of time before we had an Element Woman, wasn't it? - And, guess what? - These are the kind of stories that sell comics!
I know!
I bought them!