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Comic Book Legends Revealed #238

Welcome to the two-hundred and thirty-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 thirty-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 this installment of TV Legends Revealed to learn whether Seaquest DSV correctly predicted the Florida Marlin’ 2003 World Series victory!

Let’s begin!

COMIC LEGEND: Marvel changed their initial plans for X-Factor #150 when they decided to instead send Havok to the alternate universe for Mutant X.

STATUS: False

X-Factor originally was about the original five X-Men in their own team book.

Walt Simonson drew the book for awhile while his wife. Louise, was writing the book (this only matters because the other two legends this week involve Simonson and I thought it would be fun to somehow tie this one in, as well)…

The book later became a government-sanctioned mutant team, led by Alex Summers, Havok (Cyclops’ brother).

This was the status quo for awhile, but things eventually fell apart, and for a time, the book was sort of a mutant version of Suicide Squad.

As the book got into the #140s, though, writer Howard Mackie seemed to be slowly but surely getting the gang back together.

Havok, who had become a villain, was now revealed to be undercover the whole time…

Jamie Madrox was thought dead, but turned up alive…

Polaris was back in action…

Things were looking up, but then #149 came out and it turned out to be the final issue of the series, as the issue ends with Havok seemingly killed in a massive explosion!

However, it turned out that he instead was transported to an alternate universe. This formed the basis of a new book that took the place of X-Factor – Mutant X!

Well, reader Brian wrote in to ask:

Back in the original X-Factor run, in the letters page, they were hinting at a new direction/team that was to debut with issue #150. But it ended suddenly with #149 and “Mutant X” was launched in its place. Any idea what the new team/direction was going to be and any insight into why the sudden change?

So I asked Frank Pittarese, who was the editor of the book at the time, and he was kind enough to give me a very thorough answer!

Here’s Frank…

Here’s how it all went down — as best as I can recall: Late in the production of X-Factor’s run (after #145, for sure), Bob Harras came to me asking if there was some way that we could boost sales on X-Factor…give it a kick in the pants. I think he was the one who suggested canceling it and then ‘relaunching’ the series after #149. Writer Howard Mackie, assistant editor Jason White, and I had a few conversations about what path the book could take. I think it was Jason and I who suggested the parallel universe idea. We presented some rough concepts to Howard, mostly focusing on moments in X-Men history from which the new versions of the X-Men could spring forth (Storm remaining a vampire after being bitten by Dracula, Bobby Drake never recovering from his encounter with Loki, etc.), and Howard took it from there.

After some back-and-forth brainstorming, we handed Bob an official, written pitch (including a rough series bible, some of which appeared in the first issue). Bob green-lit the new series, then there were several conversations about what to call it. As I recall, Bob really wanted an ‘X’ in the title, and Mutant X was the one he liked best out of the options we’d thought up. I wasn’t especially keen about that — to me, Mutant X was Proteus — but it grew on me, soon enough.

With everything approved and in place, Howard was able to quickly build to the cliffhanger ending in #149 (the time we spent creating and approving Mutant X didn’t leave him much wiggle room, and he had to turn his last few scripts around fairly quickly, but he did a great job). We moved forward from there, although I left
Marvel after wrapping issue #7.

So basically, there was no other plot or script written or even formally discussed for what would have been X-Factor #150, but without Mutant X coming into existence, issue #149 would have certainly been very different.

That’s about that, no?

Thanks to Brian for the question and thanks a gazillion to Frank for the great answer!

COMIC LEGEND: Walt Simonson had to re-work an unused issue of Tarzan into an issue of Battlestar Galactica!

STATUS: True

As I mentioned in last week’s installment of Comic Book Legends Revealed, Walt Simonson once had to re-purpose an unpublished issue of John Carter of Mars as an issue of Star Wars.

Well, even more amazingly, he had an even tougher time a year earlier when he had to turn an issue of Tarzan into an issue of Battlestar Galactica!!!

Marvel got the license to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ jungle hero in 1977…

but by 1979, the book was finished…

The book was canceled abruptly enough that the book’s regular artist, Sal Buscema, already had an issue in the bag.

So Simonson and Steven Grant were given the task of re-purposing the issue in Marvel’s series based on the TV series Battlestar Galactica (about a large spaceship protecting the remnants of a human space fleet as they search for the mythical planet of Earth while trying to keep away from an evil race of warrior robots called Cylons).

There first step was to write an issue (drawn by Simonson) of Battlestar Galactica where they could set up the concept – a jungle “planet” as well as a group of creatures who happen to look like apes (wink wink nudge nudge).

In that issue, by the by, there was a piece of exposition that I just had to share with you folks, as it made me smile in its sheer excess…

So then they moved on to the issue in question, Battlestar Galactica #18…

Here is the opening (with a double-page spread that you can click to enlarge)…

As you can tell, the character of Apollo is a re-drawn Tarzan.

But just wait until you read the following (this is a bit later on in the issue)- it is awesome…

“I know this terrain – and this will be a great chance to use my gymnastics training!”

Bless you, Misters Simonson and Grant – it is a terrible task that befell you, and you did as well as could be expected.

Thanks to Roger Ash and Eric Nolen-Weathington for their great book, Modern Masters: Walt Simonson, for getting the information from Simonson, and thanks, of course, to Walt for talking to them about it!

About three million people wrote in last week to mention this bit – I had to tell them that I was already planning on running it, so shhhhhhhhhhhhhh. But thanks, Atomic Kommie Comics, DoubleWide and MWGallaher – if I HADN’T been planning on running it, your suggestions would have led to me running it! So thanks!!

COMIC LEGEND: A tourist family in a classic Manhunter story showed up in two other books, including one from another comic book company!

STATUS: True

During the initial run of Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson’s beloved Manhunter storyline, which ran as a back-up in Detective Comics, there was an interesting story in 1974’s Detective Comics #441, when a tourist family shows up when Manhunter is on a mission at a mosque…

The family, husband and wife Henry and Emma and their son, Nico, ended up saving Manhunter’s life (well, Nico, at least)…

Years later, when Simonson began his celebrated run on The Mighty Thor in 1983, who better to help him along than, you guessed it, Henry, Emma and Nico (later confirmed by Simonson in the letters pages)….

The family did not just travel from Istanbul to Chicago, but from DC Comics to Marvel Comics!

Simonson did a couple of little jokes that in his run.

In The Mighty Thor #341, for instance, when Thor loses his Don Blake identity, he needs a new one…

Cute, huh?

But Emma, Henry and Nico did not sight-see only in Walt Simonson comics!

In 1985’s Blue Devil #15, by writers Gary Cohn and Dan Mishkin and artists Alan Kupperberg and Rick Magyar, the tourists next showed up in Los Angeles!!!

Later that same year, Henry and Nico (Emma must have been in the hotel) were seen in New York in an issue of Thor.

They even got to meet up with Walt and Louise Simonson at the end of the issue!

(Thanks to Matt Bird for reminding me of this issue of Thor)

Someone needs to use Henry, Emma and Nico again!!!

Thanks to Bob Rozakis and John Wells for the information about these company-crossing tourists!

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.

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See you next week!

57 Comments

What does it say about me that the thing that really stuck out was Cassiopeia training as a Viper pilot? She was a prostitute turned nurse.

Blue blazes! Is that Red Hulk in Battlestar Galactica? It is, clearly!

And his identity is revealed to be Doctor Enoch? Well, that just came out of nowhere.

Just because I’m a stickler for detail, I’ll point out that Henry, Emma, and Nico are touring Chicago in Thor #337, not New York. :) Thanks for the Simonson stuff though. It’s great to see my favorite artist-writer mentioned (again) in your wonderful, wonderful series! Keep up the good work, Mr. Cronin!

The X-Factor story doesn’t match with an advertisement I saw around that time. I seem to think it was around the point of Heroes Reborn … does that match timeline-wise? It was tucked in with a lot of other teasers about upcoming books, and read “X-Factor # 150 … Graydon Creed’s killer revealed?” So, if there was no plan for # 150, what was this? A placeholder that they forgot to take out when plans changed?

Thanks, Aaron! I fixed it!

The X-Factor story doesn’t match with an advertisement I saw around that time. I seem to think it was around the point of Heroes Reborn … does that match timeline-wise? It was tucked in with a lot of other teasers about upcoming books, and read “X-Factor # 150 … Graydon Creed’s killer revealed?” So, if there was no plan for # 150, what was this? A placeholder that they forgot to take out when plans changed?

Heroes Reborn was circa X-Factor #127.

Hmm. Now my curiosity is piqued. I’ll have to look for that one …!

Wasn’t X-Factor meant to be relaunched – some reports say with #150 rather than a v2 #1 – with Havok returning to the MU after MX #12?

[And then MX was instead turned from a maxiseries to an ongoing, and the whole idea was abandoned – with the series very quickly going off the rails after that decision was made. Read Paul O’Brien’s reviews of #29-32+Annual 2001 some time, they’re hilarious.]

That’s possible, Reboot.

As Frank mentioned, he left Marvel fairly early in Mutant X’s life as a book. Perhaps that’d be a good future question for a future column for the later editor on the book!

Henry and Nico, sans Emma, did eventually make it to New York, though, where they got a lot of dialogue and met Walt and Weezie themselves at the end of Thor #359.

Henry and Nico, sans Emma, did eventually make it to New York, though, where they got a lot of dialogue and met Walt and Weezie themselves at the end of Thor #359.

Thanks, Matt!

I THOUGHT I was missing an issue of Thor, but I flipped through all the issues up to Surtur Sage and nada – I see I should have kept going!

While I get that it has been quite a few years since X-Factor Vol 1 ended there was in fact a plot change. Marvel put adds in their books months before X-Factor 149 was cancelled stating that issue 150 of X-Factor we were supposed to learn the identity of Graydon Creed’s killer. I will see if I can find the adds that reference this.

I laughed out loud at the “gymnastics training” line…classic!

“Bob Harras came to me asking if there was some way that we could boost sales on X-Factor.”

They could have started by making the book actually good. It was hands down one of the worst titles they published and had been unreadable for years. No wonder sales were poor.

Nope, they just relaunched the series under the helm of the same writer who lost all those readers on X-Factor.

To paraphrase Tom Brevoort, the way they ran Marvel in those days, it’s amazing any good comics were published at all.

Wow…

Yet another re-purposed comic! Nice one, Marvel!

I remember an issue of Wizard around that time where the put odds on who the cast of X-factor would be come issue #150. I realize that Wizard was always up for playing along with a set-up, or that it could have just been their own personal guesses, but it makes one wonder.

I remember that ad about Graydon Creed’s killer too – I always assumed that Mystique was the shooter – but if I remember correctly it was eventually revealed to be a future Mystique during the X-Men Forever mini series.

Yeah, I remember exactly the X-Factor ad that people are talking about and that’s what I wanted to comment on. I think it was around the time of Heroes Return, because that’s when I first got into comics. Anyway, there was this little in-set preview booklet in a lot of Marvel books that contained short ads for upcoming storylines. One of them was for X-Factor #150 that said it was going to reveal Graydon Creed’s killer. So, either Marvel did seem to have plans for this. They ended up resolving this plot in that X-Men Forever mini-series that Nicieza wrote awhile ago, by having it be a future version of Mystique.

I also remember reading interviews (I think Wizard, but not sure) that said Mutant X was supposed to be a 12 issue series and then Havok would return to X-Factor. But, Mutant X did so well that they made it ongoing and scrapped the idea of Havok returning to X-Factor. It’s too bad they did that, as I remember the first 12ish issues being really cool, but even my 15 year old self thought the remainder of the series was just laughably bad. I continued to buy it, but just to see how ridiculous it would become each month. In that regard, it rarely disappointed.

This one may just be a similar concept, but in the early issues of Excalibur there was a family of tourists there as well (eventually getting swapped with a lizard version of themselves, Excalibur was weird). As I recall it was a husband, wife and young son as well. Don’t have the issues handy, but could they have been related to this as well (maybe a joke Claremont took from Simonsen)?

Neils, that is clearly the Red Hulk in Battlestar, so thank God, we can stop wondering who the hell he is ^_^
I thought the same thing seeing that though

I always love when cameo characters show up elsewhere. My favorite is Jennifer Mays and Gabe Webb vacationing on KooeyKooeyKooey. That was just because Hughes was drawing the book, but it was still fun.

Actually never mind, Marvel’s digital comics has the issue in Excalibur. Checking it out, it is a different family of tourists. So either he used the same joke, or came up with the same idea independently. It’s a shame, it would have been a great company wide (or industry wide) gag.

This might be a good time to start a legend about having to repurpose leftover Logan’s Run pages into an issue of Tomb of Dracula.

I read some of the Mutant X series, I always wondered, did Havoc get back into his original universe?

At the time, cancelling X-Factor was the only reasonable thing to do. Peter David had left the book and they could never restore any sense of direction into the characters and the team. Killing of Madrox, bringing him back, making Havok the bad guy, etc, etc, were just shocking moments they tried to build to re-create the sense of loyalty that the book had lost.

All in all, Mutant X was real good while it lasted. At least something good came out of that derailed train.

Walt Simonson Rocks. That is all.

Could those 2 issues of Battlestar be the 1st appearances of the RED HULK?? LOL

The tourist family also shows up in the Inferno issues of Uncanny X-Men.

Yep the early popularity of Mutant X was the key years later for Marvel to give Exiles the chance it did. And for the first 18 issues I loved Mutant X.

Havok made it back after fighting that universe’s insane souped up Capt. America and avoiding some of his teammates….

The tourist family can be seen at most of Marvel’s big event crowd scenes…I do believe I spotted them during World War Hulk too. It like a fun comic version of “Where’s Waldo?”

LOL

Brian from Canada

December 18, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Havok returned to the regular universe shortly after Casey took Uncanny. (Think it was Casey, anyway.) The idea is that Alex has been in a coma for quite a long time, which is why nobody knew he was back. Since then, he: proposed to Lorna, discovered he was in love with his nurse, ditched the nurse when things got rough, left with Lorna when she became powerless only to be kicked back to the team by her, pulled into Xavier’s space mission and left abandoned as Vulcan’s prisoner in the Shi’Ar Empire. To say he’s been screwed around a lot by the X-office would be an understatement.

That Tarzan/ Galactica story is pure comics gold, loved it!

Very good legends. On the note of Havok getting back what happened was that Chuck Austen introduced Havok’s comatose body in his first arc as well as his caretaker, Nurse Annie, who was a little obsessed with Havok’s body. Anyway, long story short, her son had the ability to bring Havok back to this universe after he was “lost in time and space” at the end of Mutant X.

Another weird thing with Marvel’s Tarzan book: one story had him fight Abdul Alhazred, the “mad Arab” who wrote the Necronomicon from H.P. Lovecraft’s stories. And later the same character design with that name ended up fighting Wolverine.

Incidentally, wasn’t the original pitch for Avengers Forever (then Avengers: World in Chains) judged to be too similar to Mutant X (as in “Rick Jones sent to world gone wrong…”), so they switched to the Kang-based plot that saw print?

Yeah, he looks like the Red Hulk.

In a related question: ‘How many issues did Jeff Matsuda actually drawn compared to the number of covers he put out? I mean, I have a few of those X-Factors and he apparently has trouble doing a monthly book.

Okay, for X-Factor, the letter page in question was in X-Factor #141. Not only do they tease big change for issue #150, they deny any rumors of cancellation in the reply to a letter before that.

The insert was featured in various issues of Marvel titles with the cover date of March ’98. It does mention the killer of Graydon Creed revealed in X-Factor #150.

It kind of makes me wonder what was going on at marvel at the time.

I can’t believe that Walt and Grueny got away with that Superman cameo in Thor. Same color suit, same haircut, same mannerisms. Heck, they even called him Clark! Awesome stuff.

Walt also did a great job turning Tarzan into Apollo. Steven Grant’s line about “gymnastic training” is priceless.

Didn’t know the Red Hulk had debuted in Battlestar Galactica, though. Who would have thought?

I thought the tourist family was in Inferno as well, where they were eaten by an elevator. Grabbed my copy of the collection and it was a completely different tourist family that get et.

SIMONSON! Along with Frank Miller, the greatest fight-scene artist in modern comics. Simonson isn’t certifiably insane now, though. I would pay him any amount of money to draw and write another ongoing comic.

Repurposing comics looks like just as much work as starting from scratch. And the results are ridiculous. Weird.

Mario di Giacomo

December 18, 2009 at 9:35 pm

Minor correction. While the couple Henry & co, met did indeed strongly resemble Walt & Weezie, they were actually James & Margaret Power… who’s kids were ALREADY superheroes: Power Pack.

Havok returned to the regular universe shortly after Casey took Uncanny. (Think it was Casey, anyway.)

No, it was Chuck Austen.

First up, thanks to Brian for giving X-Factor and Mutant X some attention. Even after all these years, it’s nice to see ‘em remembered. I’m happy to read all the comments, too, even if the book wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

I just wanted to quickly respond to a few questions/comments. This was a long time ago, but I’ll do my best to cover everything.

I had completely forgotten about the ‘Who Killed Graydon Creed’ ad until it was mentioned here, but I don’t remember where or when it ran. The lettercol mention in #141 definitely pre-dates me. I joined Marvel in time to co-edit #143, and #144 was my first issue as full editor. Bob’s suggestion to change the series happened very soon after that.

It’s very possible (and likely) that Creed’s killer was discussed/planned under the purview of Kelly Corvese, and I do recall it being a plot thread that Assistant Editor Jason White (who had worked with Kelly) eagerly wanted resolved. I don’t believe that we had an issue-to-issue outline for X-Factor at the start of my run, but if we did, it probably wasn’t more than broad strokes. It’s very possible that during my first issues, there was a fax from Howard on my desk with an outline that said: “#150: Creed’s Killer Revealed.” I don’t remember that, specifically, but it’s possible. (We did have a series outline for Mutant X, though. I came from DC, where you lived and died by your series outline.) At any rate, the decision to cancel/reboot the book happened quickly…I suppose too quickly to resolve that storyline. Looking back, maybe we could have done it differently — but circumstances might have made that impossible, regardless.

When we began Mutant X, it was planned as an ongoing series. During my time on the book, there was never any discussion of it being a mini-series. That might have changed after I left, but I can tell you that sales on #1 were very, very good, and we were all optimistic about its future.

As for Wizard, aside from a doing one or two interviews with those guys, I never really had a relationship with anyone over there. So any article on #150 cast changes (at least under my editorial time) would have been pure speculation on their part, but I guess they’d have played along, if asked.

Well, that’s all for now. Thanks again. You guys are making me remember all sorts of stuff I’d filed away in my mind’s attic!

-Frank

Thor meeting was ‘Clark’ was cool.

Mackie’s X-factor was just horrible. Horrible. I didn’t like Mutant X, but the first year or so was well received, and from what I gather, it went downhill after that…

Minor correction. While the couple Henry & co, met did indeed strongly resemble Walt & Weezie, they were actually James & Margaret Power… who’s kids were ALREADY superheroes: Power Pack.

Good point, Mario.

Thanks so much for stopping by, Frank, and answering all the residual questions!

Hey thanks Brian & Frank for answering my question about X-Factor!

I had wondered about it a few years back after reading the final issues of the original X-Factor and my interest was re-kindled when the current book was re-numbered.

I first read those Battlestar Galactica stories in Britain’s “Star Heroes Pocket Book”. For almost thirty years I’ve wondered how a jungle full of apes that were clearly drawn by Buscema ended up in a sci fi mag. It’s the only Battlestar storyline I remembered because it was so weird. Now at last I can sleep easy. Thanks, Brian!

Thank you, Mr. Pittarese. I was just curious as I remembered the ads. However, I think there were a few other things mentioned in that ad that never materialized, so I think that was a case of Marvel itself changing ideas and courses (at the time the M2 line was being called Excelsior Comics).

As a side, I noticed Marvel was a lot more free about announcing things that never happened. It’s interesting to check out both that ad and the one from the ’93 books that talked about 30th Anniversary projects that never materialized for the X-Men line.

I prefer the current method of waiting until there is something to announce.

Regarding the tourist family, were they the same ones, that were trapped and semingly killed in a lift, during Inferno??

A couple of quick notes:

The Tarzan to Galactica story was fun to do. As you note, I was involved in converting one issue of a title to another a couple of times. Which I’m not sure it ever resulted in great comics, I thought they were pretty entertaining (from several points of view ). One of the most interesting things for me was the challenge of trying figure out how to reframe the story. And how to do so with a minimum of redrawing involved. I deleted panels and drew new ones as necessary, but it was a bit like solving a puzzle. I wouldn’t want to have to do it regularly but it was fun, and I enjoyed working with Steven a lot, maybe the only time we got to work together. It was the kind of thing you could do before we all became too cool for school. The place I still live in unfortunately.

re: Weezie and me at the end of that Thor: Mario is right in that we appear there as the Power parents from Power Pack. June Brigman, the original artist on Power Pack, used the two of us as models for the Powers and used our old apartment in NYC as the Power’s apartment (with some minor modifications) once they moved to NYC. You can still see at least one Howard Chaykin painting on a wall somewhere in the comic. In the shot of the Powers here, Mr. Power is actually wearing a Walter Simonson Star Slammers tee-shirt.

Man, how did Manhunter not make the Top 100 Storylines list?

Which I’m not sure it ever resulted in great comics, I thought they were pretty entertaining (from several points of view ). One of the most interesting things for me was the challenge of trying figure out how to reframe the story.

Definitely – the Apollo gymnastics line being a great example of how it cane be entertaining from a whole other point of view (plus the later line where you guys sort of tease the concept of what swinging from vines must do to people’s shoulders).

re: Weezie and me at the end of that Thor: Mario is right in that we appear there as the Power parents from Power Pack.

This was a silly miss on my part because I was a big Power Pack fan at the time.

Thanks for stopping by, Walter.

[i]Mario is right in that we appear there as the Power parents from Power Pack.[/i]
That makes the joke even better. I was just about to remark that the Warriors Three are indeed having an ‘adventure of their own’, meeting the Power Pack in an early issue…

While I’d given up on comics by the ’90s, for reasons identified in comments in virtually all Marvel-related postings on this terrific site, I wonder what would have happened if Marvel had simple kept the X-Factor title going, but spent 12-15 issues focusing on Alex Summers in that alternate reality. The title may have ultimatel survived.

What’s this, you say? Well, circa 1985/6, I seem to recall the Incredible Hulk spent a year in another dimension. Not the best stories, but it set up John Byrne to take the title by storm. Best Doc Samson-related storyline ever. And the return of the Gray Hulk! The franchise may not have survived without it.

I think Thor had a similar deal. Maybe Mr. Simonson can confirm if he revisits.

The story would play out like an escapade in an epic film…like the 25-minute flashback sequence in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” A good writer can make those issues inform the story tremendously, moving forward.

Admittedly, this presents a strange logic, but I must believe, as Mr. Simonson indicated, sometimes unique situations (artwork laying around; bad titles) present challenges that quality writers & artists simply can’t resist tackling.

What were the Thor issues the family of Henry, Emma, and Nico appeared in? Only 337 and 359? Or were they in 338 too? Thanks.

Anthony Durrant

August 27, 2010 at 10:15 am

Of course, the ultimate repurposed vehicle is the CAPTAIN AMERICA serial from 1944, which stars Lionel Atwill as the villainous Karl “the Scarab” Maaldor. Apparently, it was meant to feature another hero. who was replaced by Captain America when Republic couldn’t get the rights to that hero. In the serial, the Captain is crusading district attorney Grant Gardner, Bucky is conspicuously absent, and he carries a gun. Aided by his secretary, Gardner eventually brings the evil Maaldor to justice. He was portrayed by Dick Purcell, an actor who bears a strong resemblance to the comic book hero despite being a little too short (about 5′ 10″ to the real Captain’s 6’4″) and pudgy. The strain of portraying the good captain was too much for Purcell’s heart and he died soon afterward in the locker room of his athletic club. A colour image of the real Captain was used to advertise the serial, though (that is not once of Purcell in costume), and it matches his appearance in the original Golden Age comic in which he was featured.

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