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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 119

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we continue a multi-part look at the various notable recurring features in Strange Adventures over the years – today’s spotlight is on Darwin Jones, one of the strangest characters ever to be a featured comic book character.

Enjoy!

The oddity of Darwin Jones comes from the fact that he appeared in Strange Adventures in about as far away from what we think of as a featured character as possible.

For one, his stories were not LABELED as “Darwin Jones” stories. In fact, for some of his later appearances, like this one from Strange Adventures #76, he was not even MENTIONED at the beginning of the story!!

He just showed up later on.

The other odd thing about him is that after appearing in the first issue of the title, created by writer David V. Reed and artist Paul Norris, Jones did not appear again for nearly four years!!

Here he is as he first appeared, as a member of the Department of Scientific Investigation…

he would show up again in #48, written by Sid Gerson and drawn by Carmine Infantino…

I love the abruptness of this story’s ending…

He next showed up in #58, written by Bill Finger and drawn by Sy Barry…

He would appear more regularly after that, featuring in #66, 70, 76, 77, 79, 84, 88 and 93.

The creative teams were never really consistent – with all of the writers who wrote for Strange Adventures taking a crack at the character.

After #93, he disappeared until #149!!

In that issue, Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino featured him (in a rather clever little story)…

Finally, in Strange Adventures #160, France Herron and Sid Greene featured the final appearance of Darwin Joens in Strange Adventures…

Jones did better than some of the other science characters after Strange Adventures finished – he popped up here and there over the years.

People speak of Grant Morrison often when they see these characters, thinking that they would be right up his alley – well, he seemed to make a reference to Darwin Jones in Final Crisis, so that’s cool (Jones was also mentioned in James Robinson’s Cry for Justice).

9 Comments

Omar Karindu, with the power of SUPER-hypocrisy!

April 30, 2010 at 9:56 am

Two places Jones popped up that I can recall:

Crisis on Infinite Earths #9, being consulted about the “time warps” caused by the Anti-Monitor.

Power of the Atom #15-16: As a member of the Gestalt, a mindlinked consortium of scientists who try and fail to recruit Ray Palmer. The villain Humbug was apparently their collective id, which got an artificial body of its own.

And I’ll wager that Karl Kesel used him soemwhere.

Yeah, he’d definitely be right up Kesel’s alley!

Comics being comics, surely someone must have put Darwin Jones in a family tree with Genius and Batman Jones by now. (Not to mention Killer Croc, General Glory, Lodestone, Arrowette, Psimon, New Wave and the Parasite.) But it’s a common name, so admittedly it’s hard to keep up with the Joneses.

Darwin Jones did appear in James robinsons current run on jla.

Jaywalking– our only defense against the alien menace.

And by Jaywalking, I of course mean we should sic Jay Leno and his denim shirt collection on the alien horde.

Peter Woodhouse

April 30, 2010 at 5:36 pm

“The other odd thing about him is that after appearing in the first issue of the title, created by writer David K. Reed and artist Paul Norris, Jones did not appear again for nearly four years!!”

David V.? Reed – presumably the same guy who ended up doing Batman mid-late 70s (AKA the wilderness years, post Adams and pre-Englehart, Rogers, Aparo back on covers).

That’s the one, Peter!

Thanks for the typo pick-up!

Brent Clark Rogers

November 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Actually, Darwin Jones appeared in Strange Adventures # 13, in a story titled, ” The Secret of Rocket XX-99!”, and his group, the DSI, appears without him in Strange Adventures # 12, in a story titled, “Sideways in Time”.

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