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Every week, I will spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories (basically, we’re talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature. Feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com if you have a suggestion for a future installment!
Today we look a story from a hidden gem by Marvel Comics in 1990, Harvey Kurtzman’s Strange Adventures, specifically a story in the volume by Kurtzman and Dave Gibbons. Two comic book legends for the price of one!
Three years before Kurtzman passed away, Marvel put out a fabulous hardcover with a bunch of stories written by Kurtzman and drawn by a variety of great artists, including Sergio Aragones, Rick Geary and, of course, Kurtzman himself (plus many more great artists I didn’t mention, including an additional story written and drawn by Robert Crumb ABOUT Kurtzman). It is a terrific piece of work, made all the more powerful when you take into consideration that it was released so soon before we lost the comedic mastery of Kurtzman.
Anyhow, in this story, the great Dave Gibbons drew a Silver Surfer story by Kurtzman where the concept is what if there was a world where superheroism was mundane?
After a quick bit with the Surfer getting his board tuned up, we come to the pièce de résistance of the story, a super convention. Check out the great details by Gibbons in this piece….
Amazing. I made this page double the size so you can click on it to enlarge it.
Kurtzman brings it all home with this ending bit…
You can get a copy for under $20 out there on the major internet shopping sites, so do yourself a favor and pick up this book!
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