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Scott’s Classic Comics Corner: Please Reprint These Charltons Pt. 2

Here are 5 more Charlton strips that I would love to see hit the stores in a reprint collection.

Several years before the whole Kung Fu thing took off at DC and Marvel, Charlton introduced one of its lesser known Action Heroes, Judomaster. While not the first judo based character (that would go to Judo Joe from 1953, as well as Harvey’s Black Cat who taught Judo throws to readers), he brought along some Asian influence, as well as sidekick named Tiger. Many of you may know Frank McLaughlin best as an inker, but he was a very talented penciller as well. McLaughlin had a background in martial arts and that made him a great fit for kung fu books. This is a really fun series, and it’s a shame it hasn’t been reprinted.


In the law, we have a phrase, res ipsa loquitur, which translates as ‘the thing speaks of itself’. Space Western obviously speaks for itself but to strengthen my case I shall simply point out that, in this series, our hero ‘Spurs’ Jackson fights everything from Nazis to giant bats. All this and at least one of the stories was written by Shadow creator Walter Gibson.


Of course, Six Million Dollar Man is in the ‘Not Likely Because of Licensing Issue’ pile, but I would still really love to see it. Between the comic and the magazine, there’s 16 issues worth of material. I’m more familiar with the comic version, and much of it features terrific Joe Staton artwork and some really enjoyable stories. The magazine was put together by Continuity Associates, so it’s a good chance to see what Neal Adams et al. were producing during this period.


As Scotland Yard lasted a mere 4 issues in the mid-50s, it would make for a slim volume coming in at 140 pages or so. Still, it would make for a unique product on the shelves, as there are not too many London-based procedurals out there. The series features some nice artwork from Dick Giordano, Rocco “Rocke” Mastroserio, A.C. Hollingsworth and Mike Sekowsky. If we need to add some bulk to the TPB, I’d suggest inserting the two issue of Charlon’s Sherlock Holmes series from the same era.


Wander was a very unique little strip, created by Denny O’Neil (as Sergius O’Shaugnessy) and Jim Aparo. It ran as a back-up in Cheyenne Kid, and was infinitely more entertaining than its lead-in. Why should this one be reprinted? Well, it’s not every day that you get the opportunity to read an ongoing saga about and alien dressed as a cowboy. Did I mention that the alien spoke in Shakespearean English? Also, early Aparo art is fascinating.

Next Time: I’ll feature another batch of Charltons dying for the TPB treatment. Please stop by my blog, and check out the Charlton Notebook feature: Seduction of the Indifferent


Neat-o! Thanks for showing us the cool comics!

Definitely agree with the Wander suggestion – I’ve only seen a few scanned pages of this before and am thoroughly intrigued…

Awesome, thanks for sharing. See folks, this is the kind of stuff that made comics great. Space Western! Cowboys vs. Nazis and giant bats! Aliens in the old West! Is there anything being produced today that can compare to this kind of madcap genius? This is why comics never should have grown up and forgotten the “comic” in comic books!

Jeremy A. Patterson

August 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm

One Spurs Jackson story was reprinted in 1992’s Extinct #2!


I had never heard of Space Western Comics before but it is now my life mission to get those stories in some form or another. That looks just too awesome.

There… there was a comic called “Space Western”!?!? I must have it.

Yes, we are lucky to live in a world with a Space Western book.

We are, however, quite unlucky to live in a world in which a VG/F (5.0) copy of the one with Nazis fetched $179 at auction earlier this year.

Hence, my plea for a reprint.

I recenlty picked up the “Six Million Dollar Man” #2 comic pictured above at a flea market for $5, attracted by the awesome Adams’ cover. The Staton art inside is prertty cool, but the whole book is an extended ad for the action figure, which is hysterically awesome — and also one of my favorite toys ever.

Love your lists, particuIarly agree with “Wander”–I would include:

1–Pete Morisi’s “Pete Cannon, Thunderbolt”
2–the Jim Aparo “Nightshade” stories
3–All of Morisi’s westerns, particularly the Steve Skeates written “Kid Montana” stories
4–Franz/Glanz’s “Lonely War of Willie Schultz”
5–Joe Staton’s “Primus”

Space Western WOW!! Thats awesome Ive got to get a hold of that!

Wow — that Cheyenne Kid cover rings one helluva bell. I’m 99 percent sure I must’ve bought that issue when it was new, not that I can remember anything else about it some 41 years later. This weekend I’ll have to dig out my box of tattered old coverless comics from childhood to see if it happens to be among them (as is the case with at least a couple of issues of Charlton’s Billy the Kid & Texas Rangers in Action from the same general period).

You missed a golden opportunity when you failed to reprint the Space Western cover that features a man’s head on a woman’s body! For more info: http://www.oddballcomics.com/article.php?story=archive2000-06-02&query=space%2Bwestern

Wander was one I was thinking of when you posted part one. I read about it in that Charlton (Bullseye was the name, I think) fanzine edited by Roger Stern et al. It sounded cool then. I’ll have to dig out my other Charlton stuff before your next post.

Over on part one, someone mentioned Doomsday +1, and I was just reading a couple issues of that. Fantagraphics (yeah, really!) reprinted it in the mid 80s as The Doomsday Squad, and recolored it. It looked pretty nice. I also have a couple issues where Charlton themselves reprinted the book in ’78 (it was first out about ’74-’75). Wonder if that will make your list, or if you’ll go more obscure and cool.

"O" the Humanatee!

August 22, 2010 at 8:56 am

Can’t we just stipulate that all of Jim Aparo’s Charlton work should be reprinted?

At the same time that they were producing the Six Million Dollar Man magazine, Continuity Associates also produced Emergency! magazine, based on the TV show about California paramedics. Also simultaneously, Gray Morrow was producing the Space:1999 magazine. It was a golden age for Charlton black & white magazines. All of them deserve reprinting, and all are unlikely because of licensing.

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