Note: This was supposed to be a Canada Day edition of reading old comics. Unfortunately, it’s coming out a day late. Still, Canada is a pretty cool place, worthy of appreciation on any day, and most days people read this post probably won’t be Canada Day anyway, so we’re going with it.
When looking for an old comic to read on a Wednesday that also happened to be Canada Day I knew I wanted some Canadian content. Enter Dime Comics and Johnny Canuck (thanks to the Digital Comics Museum)!
So Dime Comics was one of the comics published by Bell Features up here in Canada during World War II. In Dime Comics#1 they introduced the public to three new adventuresome heroes: Scotty MacDonald “Super British Agent”, Rex Baxter “an adventurous young soldier of fortune”, and Johnny Canuck “Arch Enemy of Nazis and Facists” – and later to be known as Canada’s Super Hero. A hero that eventually found his way into the Library and Archives of Canada’s Guardians of the North collection.
It’s been awhile, but I thought it was time to dig out (digitally speaking) an old comic and see what it had going for it. This time round I let a random number generator do most of the work. My only rules were that it had to be something from available on Marvel Unlimited (to make it easy for myself and because I pay for the damn thing but haven’t used it in quite awhile) and it had to have been released in June of a previous year. As a bonus I lucked out and the comic chosen was actually released not only June of 1968, but June 10th of 1968. Letting me say today’s old comic is 47 years old today!
Yeah, I probably should have picked something from 65 so I could review it on it’s 50th birthday. Hindsight and all that. Continue reading
I just finished reading the newest rebirth of the THE TWILIGHT ZONE, and I have to say I’m looking forward to more. I’m a fan of The Twilight Zone and, despite this being on ongoing series, Issue #1 “The Way Out” really feels like it belongs in the Zone. If you can read the narration on the first two pages without Rod Serling’s voice in your head then I’m pretty sure you’ve never seen an original Twilight Zone episode. I mean check this out:
…The opposition offers into evidence an otherwise nondescript neighborhood on the west side of Manhattan. A crossroads of secrets, dreams and desires whose longitude and latitude can only be found–in THE TWILIGHT ZONE.
It’s time to get into our time machine that is the wonderful world of digital comics and travel back 39 years to check out another gem of an old comic. This time up it’s Captain America and The Falcon #175:
- Writer: Steve Englehart
- Penciller: Sal Buscema
- Colorist: Petra Goldberg
- Inker: Vince Colletta
- Letterer: Gaspar Saladino, Artie Simek
As I’ve mentioned previously, I really enjoy being able to explore old comics through the digital platform provided by Comixology. I particularly seem drawn to classic DC titles (most especially those published under their Vertigo imprint) and my most recent old read comes from the Jack Kirby at DC era. Not that that had anything to do with my choice to check out this comic. No, I grabbed this one solely based on the title and cover art.
Thought I’d do a quick update on the MonkeyBrain Comics titles I’m following which, for now, continues to be all of them.
I originally posted about the MonkeyBrian roll out here. Later I posted about the latecomer to the brand, Masks and Mobsters, here. Since then there have been the following additions:
- Aesop’s Ark #2
- Amelia Cole and the Unknown World #2, #3
- Bandette #2
- Edison Rex #2
- Masks & Mobsters #2
- October Girl #2
As I mentioned somewhere here before I’m a fan of comics and a fan of digital comics from Comixology. One of the most enticing things for me about digital comics is the ability to go back and read older material that I may have missed for any number of reasons. In the case of Swamp Thing and Hellblazer the main reason I missed out on them was because I was 3 and 8 years old when these series started and, frankly, if I somehow had heard of them and my parents let me read them, well, they wouldn’t have been doing a very good job as parents. These titles come from Vertigo and nowadays are rated 17+ for good reason.