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Comic Book Legends Revealed #228

Welcome to the two-hundred and twenty-eighth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous two hundred and twenty-seven.

Comic Book Legends Revealed is now part of the larger Legends Revealed series, where I look into legends about the worlds of entertainment and sports, which you can check out here, at legendsrevealed.com. I’d especially recommend you check out the first installment of Cuisine Legends Revealed, which shows that even lasagna can be something to fight over!

Let’s begin!

COMIC LEGEND: When told to draw in the style of George Tuska, Pete Morisi asked Tuska for permission to do so.

STATUS: I’m Going With True

I spoke about Pete Morisi in an old installment of Comic Book Legends Revealed.

Morisi was a long time comic book artist who passed away in 2003.

Working in comics during the early 50s while still in his early 20s, Morisi took a break from comics when he became a New York City police officer during the mid-50s.

However, after awhile he was back to freelancing in comics, now going by his initials (in case the NYPD would frown upon his moonlighting), becoming the mysterious PAM.

His most notable contribution to comics came at Charlton Comics, where he created the hero Peter Cannon…Thunderbolt!

In any event, upon his passing, Mark Evanier had a great anecdote about Morisi’s early career in comics.

Reportedly, an editor told him to try and draw more like George Tuska, who was then the “star” artist in the field of crime comics. Morisi liked Tuska’s work and saw that others were emulating the man, but felt it was wrong to simply appropriate someone else’s style. So, the story goes, he phoned up Tuska, asked if he could imitate his approach and offered to pay a small royalty for the privilege. Tuska was so amazed that anyone had asked that he gave Morisi permission to draw like him and waived the fee. Thereafter, some of Morisi’s work was so close to Tuska’s in style that when they worked for the same firm, the editor got them confused.

Here’s some Tuska from the 1940s and the 1950s (Tuska was ten years older than Morisi)…

and here’s some Morisi from the early 1950s…

It’s a great story, and one I’ve been wanting to prove or disprove for years now (heck, I’ve been curious ever since I read the story six years ago, two years before I even began this column!).

Well, recently, Morisi’s son Val dropped me a line and he said I could run the anecdote by him.

He confirmed the basic gist of the story, but he said that it was actually his father asking the editor, in a bid for work, what style the editor wanted, at which point the editor said Tuska, and Morisi said okay, so long as he got Tuska’s permission first, which he did.

Val added, though, that his father said that there was no money offered or suggested.

But still, the basic framework of the story is true according to Val, which is cool, because it is a neat story.

Thanks to Mark Evanier for telling the initial anecdote and thanks to Val Morisi for helping confirm the story in part!

COMIC LEGEND: The first alternate world in DC Comics was Flash #123.

STATUS: I’m Going With False

A lot of folks believe that the Multiverse began with Flash #123, “Flash of Two Worlds!” In fact, I was just recently reading a book on comic book history that specifically cited that issue as the first appearance of an alternate universe in comics (I’m not naming the book, because I feel bad about seemingly “picking” on other books, especially when they’re just repeating the conventional wisdom).

That’s certainly the point where the whole Earth-1/Earth-2 deal was started, but that issue (which came out in 1961) was beaten to the punch by a whole EIGHT YEARS by a story in Wonder Woman #59, by writer Robert Kanigher and artist H.G. Peter.

In this story, Wonder Woman travels to an alternate Earth where she meets her exact opposite, Princess Tara Terruna, whose name translates as “Wonder Woman.” The two heroines team-up to beat up the dastardly Duke Dazam.

There’s really nothing more to this story except to note that, yep, this was the first appearance of the “Multiverse” in a DC Comic.

I can’t rightly blame them for glossing over this one.

I still love how Princess Tara Terruna translates into “Wonder Woman.”

My old Legend suggesting pal, John McDonagh, suggested this one way back in May of 2007. Thanks, John!

Let that be a note to the folks who occasionally send me reminders about the legends they’ve sent in in the past – I didn’t forget, it just sometimes takes a long time for a legend to be featured! It’s a capricious business. ;)

COMIC LEGEND: Desire to maintain continuity with a second reprint title caused a British comic company to alter the covers of classic Marvel comics.

STATUS: True

Reader Cliff asked the following a few months back (it was April – does April count as a “few months back”?):

I wonder if you can answer or find out about some circa 60′s UK reprints of Iron Man that appeared in a comic entitled “Fantastic”. I remember getting this weekly comic that had b & w versions of Iron Man, X-Men & Thor.

I recently picked up the essential Iron Man that had the early Iron Man stories and was surprised to see him fighting the Melter in his original gold armour, as I thought he fought him in the first version of the red/gold armour.

I was wondering if there’s any way you can find out why the decision was made to put him in the red/gold suit earlier than the US issues. I also remember that some of the panels had badly pasted images from other IM issues (no doubt to cover up the gold suit)

Here’s what Cliff is referring to…

Tales of Suspense #47 (1963)….

and its reprint, Fantastic! #19 (1967)…

And yes, Cliff, I actually CAN tell you why they made that decision!

Fantastic, a weekly reprinting of various Marvel comics, began in early 1967, with reprints of Thor, Iron Man and the X-Men.

As you can see, Iron Man is drawn basically the way he was in the early Iron Man stories…

Even when they made changes, they were slight ones…

HOWEVER, a few months later, the company (IPC Magazines Ltd, for the record) launched a brand NEW title called Terrific…

Now, in THIS comic, they reprinted old issues of the Avengers…

And, naturally, by the time the Avengers really got going, Iron Man had ditched the gold armor and had moved on to the red and gold armor.

So Editor Alf Wallace figured that it did not make sense to have Iron Man in the gold armor in one of their titles while he was in the gold and red armor in the other title, so he made the command decision to photo stat the red and gold armor onto the older Iron Man stories.

Mystery solved!

Thanks for the question, Cliff!

Okay, that’s it for this week!

Thanks to the Grand Comic Book Database for this week’s covers! And thanks to Brandon Hanvey for the Comic Book Legends Revealed logo!

Feel free (heck, I implore you!) to write in with your suggestions for future installments! My e-mail address is cronb01@aol.com.

As you likely know by now, at the end of April, my book finally came out!

Here is the cover by artist Mickey Duzyj. I think he did a very nice job (click to enlarge)…

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See you next week!

62 Comments

I was really surprised to discover that Steve Ditko was actually responsible for designing the first red and gold Ironman armor. Since, for that armor is the basis for every other armor since, I would think he would get a co-creator credit for Ironman.

If I ever figure out who designed what for Iron Man, I’d do an installment on it right away.

As it is, it’s all way too confusing determining who actually designed what, as it depends on what came first – the cover or the interior art? And no one seems to remember for sure what came first.

Iron Man is one of those characters that seems to have many creators. Stan Lee made up Tony Starks personality, Jack Kirby drew the cover for the first appearence (some say he created the look of Iron Mans gray, clunky armor), while Don Heck was the actual artist of the Iron Man stories. Steve Ditko designed the red and gold Iron Man armor a little later on. It was like a bullpen colaboration.

That’s a good question to ask for a column: Who is the creator of Iron Man?

The Ugly American

October 9, 2009 at 10:39 am

Princess Tuna Tarragon???!!!???

Maybe you clearly explain it in the legend and I’m just being thickheaded (it’s been a long week), but is Wonder Woman #59 considered the first appearance of an alternate reality in ANY comic, or just the first of such in a DC Comic?

Actually, Larry Lieber scripted the first issue, so he should get a lot of credit for Tony’s personality. I was surprised and pleased to see that Lieber got an on-screen credit in the movie.

Now, the real question is: Did those crafty Brits employ their cutting and pasting (or just a bottle of white-out) to smarten up that silly period when Iron Man was given a nose?

:-)

Not knowing the controversy behind it, I figured it MUST have been Ditko, especially given that he went into all of the specific details about Ironman’s armor part by part.

Reading the original stories is fun. I had no idea that Daredevil was so much like Batman a few issues in. He had antennae in his horns, gas pellets and other fancy gadgets in his billy club and a back pack for his day clothes.

Watch for Geoff Johns’s Tara Terruna: Reborn miniseries in 2010!

I love “The Mighty Fantastic Thor.” Yep, that Thor sure is mighty fantastic, you betcha…

Wow the Melter sure had an awful costume there. He looks like he got stuck with the Mandarin’s hand-me-downs.

A similar thing happened in the Brasilian editions of Marvel Comics in the 80s/early 90s. I remember that when they published the original Secret Wars, Rogue still hadn’t joined the X-Men and Storm still hadn’t adopted the mohawk look in the X-Men stories that they were printing at the time, so they simply erased all of Rogue’s AND Storm’s appearances – and those heavyhanded corrections included the series’ very first cover!! I remember that I had seen the US edition before they published the series in Brasil, and it seriously pissed me off.

Check out by yourselves what the “corrected” cover looked like – it’s incredibly bad:

http://www.guiadosquadrinhos.com/edicao.aspx?cod_tit=sew0301+&esp=&cod_edc=7619

Maybe you clearly explain it in the legend and I’m just being thickheaded (it’s been a long week), but is Wonder Woman #59 considered the first appearance of an alternate reality in ANY comic, or just the first of such in a DC Comic?

I think it may actually be the former, but I’m sticking with the easier proved latter. ;)

Oh no, why did you mention pricess Tara Terruna? Now Grant Morrison is going to use her in his Multiversity.

Followed by the Fantastic Fantastic Four.

It’s really interesting hearing about how all the Marvel creators worked together on various aspects of the creation of their characters. Like Ditko designed Iron Man’s costume and Jack Kirby worked on Spider-man’s costume and stuff like that. It’s neat historys tuff.

Oh no, why did you mention pricess Tara Terruna? Now Grant Morrison is going to use her in his Multiversity.

Just as long as he calls her Earth “Terra Terruna,” I’m all over that action.

Joseph, the costume of Spider-Man was created solely by Ditko. Kirby had no part in that costume’s creation.

Tom Fitzpatrick

October 9, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Mr. B.C., you’re just chock FULL of interesting trivia, aren’t you?

Bet you win at all comic-related questions at Trivial Pursuit. ;-)

That Wonder Woman issue still has some of the early bondage thing going on. Like the villain having her bound with a rope around her neck? Very autoerotic asphyxia of them.

Jherek Carnelian

October 9, 2009 at 2:36 pm

I vaguely recall a Superboy story where he encounters an alternative Earth. The giveaway clue is the spelling on the ‘Welcome to Smalville’ sign where Smallville is missing an ‘L’ Also at the end of the story there are examples of other potential parallel earths where, for instance Police Chief Parker is a woman! I can’t recall when this was published but it is definitely Silver Age and may well predate the Wonder Woman tale you cite. Can anyone place the story?

Oh and, as a Brit, those Fantastic and Terrific covers brought back some memories. I used to get those every week as well as the regular Marvel and DC comics which, being imported from the States erratically, where harder to get. (No LCS’s in those days). I seem to remember the text was altered too to replace Americanisms with more familiar English terms. Most commonly pounds for dollars, pavement for sidewalk etc. As though they where trying to give the impression that the stories where taking place in the UK!

I think it’s pushin’ it to say that Tony Stark HAD a personality, per se, beyond that of “generic Marvel hero circa 1963.” In the early Avengers stories, ferinstance, his “voice” is completely indistinguishable from Giant-Man.

I can’t recall when this was published but it is definitely Silver Age and may well predate the Wonder Woman tale you cite. Can anyone place the story?

No, but Chief Parker first appeared in 1961, so it would likely be later than “Flash of Two Worlds,” and definitely later than this Wonder Woman story from 1953.

Pete Morisi confirmed the story in an interview that appeared in Comic Book Artist #9 (August 2000). From page 62:

Glen D. Johnson: I read recently that you offered to pay George Tuska a fee because you were copying his style. Is this true? If not, why is your style so similar to his?

Pete Morisi: I grew up enjoying Tuska’s art. So, when the time came for me to step into comics, I thought it was only fair to ask his permission to work in his style. I asked, and he said, “Okay.” That was it. There was never any payment or fees. Where do stories like that come from?

Actually, Larry Lieber scripted the first issue, so he should get a lot of credit for Tony’s personality. I was surprised and pleased to see that Lieber got an on-screen credit in the movie.

Regardless of whether or not Tony Stark had much personality emerge from the pen of Larry Leiber, the less famous member of the Leiber family does indeed deserve creator credit for the Iron Man character as a whole. He came up with the name Tony Stark, as well, we might add, Don Blake and Henry Pym.

The first time I saw the word ‘multiverse’ was in an issue of STAR HUNTERS, a DC comic from the 70s. Was that word used over at Marvel at all back then?

Flash # 123 has a cover date of Sept. 1961.

Superman # 146 has a cover date of July 1961.

In the Superman tale, he goes back in time and saves Atlantis from sinking beneath the waves, saves Custer at Little Big Horn, Lincoln at Ford’s theater, and sends rocket ships to Krypton in 1933 so that the population of Krypton can escape before their planet explodes. He can’t go there himself as he loses his power under Roa, Krypton’s red sun. Watching his parents and baby Kal-el disembark on another world with his telescopic vision, he releases that if the infant Kal never went to Earth, he could not grow up to be Superman and save the infant Kal. Going back to 1961, he finds the library book unchanged, despite his super feats. Retracing his path back in time, he discoverers that he has traveled to a parallel Earth, not his own world.

He does not meet other superheroes on this adventure, but he does beat by a few months Flash’s first visit to a parallel Earth. (One of the few times Superman beats the Flash – zing!).

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Gentleman Jim

Because Robert Kanigher, that’s why!

“It’s really interesting hearing about how all the Marvel creators worked together on various aspects of the creation of their characters. Like Ditko designed Iron Man’s costume and Jack Kirby worked on Spider-man’s costume and stuff like that. It’s neat historys tuff.” – Joseph

It also makes it very complicated when artists and writers demand royalties or copyright for creating a character decades laters.

The Morisi story is nice to read about. How many artists ASK permission to copy someone else… much less GET it? ;)

I knew already about the Tara Terruna thing (read about it in Wikipedia!) but not the Superman time travel thing (Thanks Jim!) However I wonder if that counts as a parallel earth but is instead an Alternate Timeline (that is, was it CREATED by Superman when he tried to change history, as opposed to having been there all along? AGE OF APOCALYPSE is an example of an alternate timeline, as was DC’s Hypertime.) I need to read more about it to decide.

Oh, and I didn’t know you covered Legends from foreign countries, Brian! Say, maybe you could help me find out something I’ve always wondered about: back in the 70s, I used to read Spanish translations of American comics (done by Editorial Novaro, based in Mexico) but while DC, Archie, Gold Key and other such comics of the time were represented, NO MARVEL comics translations were available here in Puerto Rico! I just assumed that they just had no interest in having their comics published in Latinoamerica… but years later I actually found an issue of a THOR comic in Spanish (in a comics store) done by some other company. If those existed, why where they not distributed over here???

Re: Sijo and no Marvel Translations

I hate to disagree with you but my memory and experiences may be a bit different than yours because I clearly remember at least Daredevil being translated into Spanish (early 70s) and sold in Puerto Rico because he was called “Diablico”. I remember because it didn’t make sense since he still had two “D”s on his costume.

Granted I didn’t pay Spanish translations too much attention since I read them in English. So, I can’t say for sure if Spidey or other Marvels were translated too.

Some great covers in this week’s installment…those PAM Jonny Dynamite covers. But also, that pop art fabulous It’s Terrific cover…it’s terrific!

Jherek: That story was reprinted in one of the digest books (Adventure?), and I thought it was “Smallvile”, not “Smalville” for the alternate universe. Lord only knows if that digest someone gave me made it here in my move five and a half years ago…

2 great stories, and Wonder Woman’s statement in the last panel about how its just that she was affected by her double in parallell world being something that could happen to anyone cracks me up. Hmmm, maybe i can use that myself next time I trip over something. :)

“NO! I am Wonder Woman! Tara’s double – from your co-existing world-earth! I took her place while she waited to foil just such treachery as you’ve planned!”

Wow. I love that actually writing out that bit from the story key by key. It’s like typing in Middle English or something nearly as old. That line, combined with the extraneous use of fantastic after other synonymous adjectives make those covers and stories all seem like they were translated from another language into English by someone who speaks ESL and only recently, kind of like when you read instruction manuals from Korea or Japan.

I second the question as to whether or not that Wonder Woman story is the first use of a multiverse concept in a comic format. Parallel universes were conceived earlier than that and used in fiction certainly, although I cannot think of an instance. It would probably be impossible to definitively answer what comic story first used parallel universes/multiverse concepts, but I still think it would be interesting to reach back as far as possible and find out the earliest known example both in comicdom (beyond the Wonder Woman story) and in fiction.

What about Zrfff? This fifth-dimensional world would seem to occupy Earth’s space, but be in a different dimension. First appearance Superman #30 (September/October 1944).

Other worlds/Earths that pre-dated Flash #123:

In Action Comics #238 (March 1958), Tommy Tomorrow went into the fourth dimension & visited an Earth where things were backward & one day behind.

In Challengers Of the Unknown #11 (December 1959/January 1960) they visited the world of Akton which was in another dimension.

In Green Lantern #2 (October 1960) the world of Qward, which in those early stories does seem more like it’s meant to be an alternate to Earth rather than Oa.

In Flash #116 (November 1960) World 86 in Dimension 24.

In Justice League of America #2 (December 1960/January 1961) Magic-Land, an Earth where magic works & science doesn’t.

That Thunderbolt guy looks one hella gay.

This is my first comment, but I have been a long-time reader and enjoyer of your feature — I bought the book and look forward to future volumes!

I like George Tuska’s work but I have to say I prefer PAM’s version! I wish DC would reprint his Thunderbolt work in an Archive.

Really appreciated seeing those “Fantastic” and “Terrific” covers, probably the first time I’ve seen them since buying the originals as a child in Scotland. I had completely forgotten the logos.

I was such a Marvelite then, that even although I managed to get my hands on most of the original American comics, I still bought the UK “Power Comics” reprints!

It’s a little unclear, but I’d assume if George Tuska was 10 years older than PAM, Tuska is no longer with us either. I think most of the Tuska work I’ve seen is his later Marvel stuff in the (I think) 60s and 70s.

PAM actually owned part of Thunderbolt, isn’t that right? That may be why there’s no reprints. Also, the early 90s version was ok. I actually learned, in looking at a back issue of it, cockney slang including “filth” as a term for police, so now I get why G-Mozz titled (in part) his one series The Filth.

Some Johnny Dynamite got reprinted in Ms Tree in the late 80s. Man, I’ve got too many comics and not enough time to read them. Plus I pulled my back moving some comics boxes last week, so yes, I have too many.

I love this column! Look forward to and every installment.

I have a question. Don’t know if this is Legend worthy though. Does DC have some sort of grudge against Alan Grant and Norm Breyfoggle’s run on Batman? I once read Grant pissed off someone in DC management, and as a result, DC will NOT collect their run in trade paperback. Does anyone know if this is true? I hope not. Thier run has to be one the best ever.

Thanks for your time.

I always liked George Tuska’s work, though I’ve only seen the stuff from the Sixties on; it’s great to hear he was respected in the industry.

Seventies Marvel UK tried to pull a fast one on the readers once, pushing a big ‘design a villain’ contest. The winner came up with a bad guy who coud take on the powers of others. An editorial stated that the character was appearing in an upcoming Avengers . . . but had been redesigned and renamed the Super-Adaptoid.

Arcee: Where did you see the Daredevil translation? Was it in a comics store or on a newsstand? I should point out that comics other than Novaro’s did occasionally show up here, but never with any frequency. Perhaps whoever had the Marvel translation rights decided to test the local market with Daredevil, but for whatever reason soon changed their mind.

Zrfff doesn’t count as a parallel earth; it’s a world in another dimension. To count as a counterpart of Earth it must specifically be called that; there’s plenty of planets in fiction that just happens to be Earthlike.

Speaking of Parallel Earths, yes the concept predates comic books, and in fact was apparently known well enough that DC Comics never bothered to explain how or why they existed- I don’t think it was until Crisis on Infinite Earths that we got an explanation. It always bothered me how even the normal supporting characters made no big deal about finding out that they were just one in a zillion different versions of themselves!

Travis- I just wiki’ed George Tuska and he is still alive, 93 years young, and living in New Jersey!

George Tuska is indeed still with us, and right up until an e-mail he distributed to fans earlier this week, was still drawing on commission. Alas, he’s now officially retired. At 93, I believe he’s entitled.

Speaking of multi-verses … another take on Flash #123: http://wp.me/pBLmC-3p

Let that be a note to the folks who occasionally send me reminders about the legends they’ve sent in in the past – I didn’t forget, it just sometimes takes a long time for a legend to be featured! It’s a capricious business.

It’s just that what happened to your double in his co-existing world affected you! Something that can happen to anyone!

Every time I see an example of George Tuska’s pre-Silver Age art (which unfortunately isn’t very often at all), I’m reminded of how neat it looks. His ’60s & ’70s work, in contrast, does very little for me, though I very much respect the fact that he produced steadily. Makes me wonder what changed in his approach. Y’know, maybe I should go looking for a copy of Dewey Cassell’s TwoMorrows volume on Tuska; at the very least, surely it contains quite a nice selection of the style I prefer.

another vote for “where the hell are the Grant/Breyfogle trades?” here!

Jherek Carnelian

October 11, 2009 at 1:55 pm

Yeah I remember that Superboy story as a reprint from an 80 page giant annual so 1961 sounds about right. The term Multiverse was coined by the British Sci-Fi author Michael Moorcock who cleverly linked his dozens of books by having them take place on parallel earths. Some of his characters could move between them at will, albeit somewhat randomly, and often met other versions of themselves. My message board name is taken from one of his characters and both Grant Morrison and Alan Moore acknowledge Moorcock’s influence on their work. I don’t think he coined the term before the early sixties though, so in DC terms somewhere between Flash of Two Worlds and Crisis on Infinite Earths.

ParanoidObsessive

October 11, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Wait, am I the only one who noticed this?

“Well, recently, Morisi’s son Val dropped me a line and she said I could run the anecdote by her. He confirmed the basic gist of the story, but she said that it was actually his father asking the editor”

HOLY CONFLICTING PRONOUNS, BATMAN!

Was it his son, and the female pronouns are wrong, or did you mean his daughter and got confused? Or did some crucial piece of information get left out (like it was supposed to say his son AND daughter), which would otherwise make sense?

Or is it perfectly clear to everyone else and I’m having some sort of massive brainfart here?

I’m so confused.

Re: Sijo

The comic translations I remember were sold back in the day when comics (also Mexican comics with heroes like Santo, Blue Demon and Kaliman) were sold in Pharmacies. Way, way before comics became exclusive to comic book stores. And that particular pharmacy (“Mom and Pop” type not a chain like Walgreens or Amal) no longer exists today.

In other words, the stone age. LOL!

Brian just wanted to let you know that I’ve spent the last few weeks reading the entire archive of CBLR. Great stuff. Lots of interesting facts, great debate, and humor contained in these columns and the comments following each. Plan to pick up a copy of the book soon also. Keep up the great work.

That dialogue in that WW story is priceless. Interesting look at they style of stories from that era.

Sijo – “To count as a counterpart of Earth it must specifically be called that; there’s plenty of planets in fiction that just happens to be Earthlike.”
So you would discount Magic-Land from JLA #2 just because it had the wrong name, even though a map showed the exact same continents as Earth?

Heck, even on Earth, Earth isn’t the only name for our planet. A different parallel with a slightly different history could be named Terra or Monde or any number of other words for our planet in different languages.

I will agree that some of the parallel worlds in other dimensions might not count as Earth’s if they have distinct differences (such as different continents) & only occupy the same space, however just because the name isn’t the same doesn’t necesarily disqualify it as an alternate Earth.

Richard Morrison

October 12, 2009 at 8:34 am

Grrrrr…. this reminds of something.

I discovered my love of comics through reading reprints issued by marvel UK in the 1970s. One of my favourite titles being planet of the apes which featured adaptations of the movies from the apes franchise along with other standalone adventures set on the palnet of the apes. I loved some of those stand alone stories and carried fond memories of them into adulthood. However, i read somewhere a few years back that there wasnt much POTA material to reprint so the editors of Marvel UK took to reprinting other marvel sci fi material with the heads of apes pasted on to the main characters.

Its funny, i do concede that . . . but it has rather tarnished the memory for me!

I heard that too. Very cheeky.

I especially enjoyed that strip about four monkeys who went up in a rocket, got hit by cosmic rays . . .

Richard Morrison

October 12, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Ha! just spent a few hours reliving my childhood after following that link . Thanks Marti!

Richard Morrison

October 12, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Wow ! what about that alfredo alcala art for Beneath Planet of The Apes too.

Since we’re raving about Fantastic and Terrific this month can I take another opportunity for a shameless plug? If you want to read more about those excellent Brit comics from the 60s check out my fanzine “reviews from the floor of 64″. You can get it on ebay or direct from me. Drop me a line at wobafgkmrns60137@yahoo.com.

I would imagine some of the EC sci-fi comics had alternate realities. Of course, if we limit it to super-hero comics, then it still may be Wonder Woman.

Ha, so did they also photostat over the insides of those Iron-Man stories with the red-and-gold version?

Actually (for the record), Fantastic and Terrific were published by Odhams Press.

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