Follow by Email

Monday, July 24, 2017

TOWER COMICS

Tower comics main two titles were the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. and U.N.D.E.R.S.E.A. Agents, many of which were reprinted in black and white in the U.K. Alan Class comic books!
However, I did manage to buy these three originals in the sixties ! : -

This one was yet another of my 1968 Skegness holiday Giant-Sized acquisitions!


14 comments:

  1. I had T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #7, Undersea Agent #2, and Noman #1. I associate them with my late grandparents' house, since I bought and read them while visiting there. IIRC, it was during spring break and/or summer vacation.

    Tower was obviously trying to cash in on the mid-1960's spy-fi fad. It may be that when the fad passed, they just faded away with it.

    In the early 1980's, there were attempted revivals by JC and Deluxe, but they never really caught on. Maybe T.H.U.N.D.E.R. was just too much a product of its time.

    In Inferior Five #1, they met the H.U.R.R.I.C.A.N.E. agents: Powerhouse, Missing Fink, Mr. Mental, Yellow Streak, and Tabby Katz. (They also met Caesar Single and Kwitcha Belliakin, the men from C.O.U.S.I.N.F.R.E.D.) And in Not Brand Echh #2, Knock Furious, agent of S.H.E.E.S.H. fought the B.L.U.N.D.E.R. Agents.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. http://kidr77.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/thunder-agents-in-action.html?m=1
      Hiya TC, yeah and in 1986 they were revived over here in T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Action.
      I always compared them to Marvel's Avengers and I reckon they would have fared a lot better over at Marvel, as the art was first rate. It was the stories that let them down!

      Delete
    2. Oh, and how could I have forgotten our very own "The Man From B.U.N.G.L.E." in UK's Smash! comics? Hope you've come across him in the blogs, TC?

      Delete
    3. Kid posted a Man from B.U.N.G.L.E. strip in May where his arch foe, Doctor Doom, was trying to drop him into a pool of piranha fish.

      Delete
    4. http://omnyymsworld.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=Smash&m=1
      Click on this link, TC, to see some brilliant animated Smash! covers, including The Man From BUNGLE !

      Delete
  2. At last - a short post - just the ones I like. I've got several original issues, as well as Alan Class reprints. I've also got the 7 volume collection by DC of all the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. titles. Undersea Agent wasn't considered as belonging to the others, I don't think, until they were retroactively tied in during a later revival. As you suggest, JP, had Stan Lee dialogued the stories, they'd have been a lot better.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hiya Kid and yes, you do have many THUNDER Agents comics and if any readers would like to see them, simply click on that link that I put in answer to TC's comment and type "THUNDER Agents" in his search box and you can see them in all their glory!
      ( Can I have me money now, Kid? )

      Delete
    2. House ads for T.H.U.N.D.E.R ran in Undersea Agent, and vice versa, and an Undersea story appeared as a backup feature in T.H.U.N.D.E.R Agents #13 (June 1967). But, AFAIK, there were no T.H.U.N.D.E.R/Undersea crossovers/team-ups in the Silver Age.

      I think that Lt. Davy Jones from Undersea may have appeared briefly in one of the 1980's T.H.U.N.D.E.R revivals by JC or Deluxe, but I'm not 100% sure.

      Delete
    3. Aha! - Thanks for that, TC! - I THOUGHT that UNDERSEA appeared as a back-up in THUNDER somewhere, but was unsure with both teams being reprinted in the UK Alan Class comics!

      Delete
    4. You should've received that cheque by now, JP.

      Delete
  3. I always associate the T.H.U.N.D.E.R agents with Alan Class comics and (mostly) hot long family weekend holidays in Blackpool where I picked most of these up - I always loved the art in these titles apart from the great Wally Wood, Ditko and Mike Sekowsky did some lovely strips. Man from BUNGLE was great but in the spy genre I preferred "Eagle Eye Junior spy" (I was less keen on "Wee Willie Haggis, the spy from Skye! lol) and who can forget "The Cloak"

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hi McS, you will have probably picked up your Alan Class comics for the 68 pages "long holiday reading"? For the same reason, I always mainly went for the 72 page Marvel Giants on my Skegness days! I seem to remember picking up Alan Class books to read on longish car journeys!
    Now then, the Man from BUNGLE, - I never could figure out how he would get out of his predicaments! Not even once!
    I actually preferred Grimley Fiendish's own strips to Eagle Eye, but I did like the Cloak in Pow! But then again, the five Power comics were part of my Saturdays, I used to go to the early morning swimming 9 till 12 slot every Saturday morning and pick up my Power comics afterwards, whilst making my way to my Granny's, which was on the other side of the town! - Ah, those glorious sicties!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Were the sicties anything like the sixties, JP? If so, they must've been good.

      Delete
    2. They were ecactly like them, Kid!
      Gonna be off grid for a while, until I get caught up on some other stuff!

      Delete