Monday, January 5, 2015

WOLFF "Lady of the Wolves"

...he had been cursed to become a literal version of his name...a lycanthrope!
Is Wolff fated to repeat this nightmare whenever the Moon is full?
Or is there a way to defeat the curse?
While this chapter of the Wolff saga, written by Luis Gasca (aka Sadko) & Estaban Maroto and illustrated by Maroto from New English Library's Dracula #5 (1972) leaves us hanging, the next chapter will offer an answer...though it might not be one Wolff likes!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving Turkey BLACKHAWK "Junk-Heap Heroes: Book III" Part 3

Yes, this is the cover from #229, not this issue (#230), but it shows the Emperor in the Centurion of Doom armor...
...intercepting a message ordering the Blackhawks to rendevous, the Emperor dons a suit of high-tech armor and heads out to destroy the team personally...
Did the Emperor happen to leave the instruction manual in the armor?
If not, how did the less-than-brilliant Stan figure out how to use it (and all the built-in weaponry?
Plus, since it's powered by ionizing gold, did anyone think of how much it would cost to operate it?
(Heck, the Lone Ranger was always cautious about his silver bullets...)
And, why didn't Stan take the skull-and-crossbones logo off it?
Speaking of Stan being something of a dim-bulb, when did any of the team demonstrate the skills and abilities they suddenly picked up as of two issues ago?
I've looked over several dozen issues of both the Quality and DC runs prior to #228, and none of them show any of the crew being anything but a bunch of talented flyers/proficient hand-to-hand combatants with different accents!
At least they didn't put any of the old guys into tights/spandex!
Here's the cover for the issue (#230), showing the entire team...
...but if we showed it to you earlier, you might have thought the Emperor had killed/trapped Stan and replaced him as a spy within the team.
Hey, that's not a bad idea!
The undercover Emperor could claim he can't remove the armor because it's a life-support system keeping him alive...nah, it's been done.
Too bad writer Bob Haney, penciller Dick Dillin, and inker Chuck Cuidera didn't think of going that way...it would've added a bit of tension and excitement to a concept that quickly went downhill both in terms of story logic and sales until, in #242, the series was rebooted back to the original WWII flyers concept (complete with the classic black leather uniforms), but was cancelled as of the next issue.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Turkey BLACKHAWK "Junk-Heap Heroes: Book III" Part 2

...hmmm, who could "M'sieu Machine" be?
How many members with stereotypical French accents do the Blackhawks have?
Now we know who the golden armor-clad man on the previous issue's cover is...
What will happen when The Emperor / Centurion of Doom takes a personal hand in the matter?
Will he be the cause of the Blackhawks' demise?
Be here tomorrow for the fearsome finale!
Same Blackhawk Time!
Same Blackhawk Blog!
Notes: Gargantua, and his drug-enhanced abilities, seems to be a prototype for Bane.
And everybody who's ever commented on the "New Blackhawk Era" plotline has compared the Centurion to Iron Man. Makes you wonder why DC didn't make the Blackhawks into a team of Avengers clones...Olaf finds a waking stick that turns into a hammer, Chuck develops super-speed, etc...
This never-reprinted tale from DC's Blackhawk #230 (1967) was written by Bob Haney, penciled by Dick Dillin, and inked by Chuck Cuidera.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thanksgiving Turkey BLACKHAWK "Junk-Heap Heroes: Book III" Part 1

I'd synopsize the previous post, but writer Bob Haney does such a good job of it...
...I'd be a fool to try.
So, who of the seven haven't we seen in new identities so far?
The graphic above offers a clue with members on one side of the "These seven guys are!" arrow still unaccounted for.
Be here tomorrow when The Emperor switches tactics to eliminate the remaining Blackhawks!
Plus: Besides new costumed identities, one member of the squad will also acquire a new "civilian" name.
The excitement never stops in DC's Blackhawk #230 (1967), illustrated by Dick Dillin and Chuck Cuidera.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Thanksgiving Turkey BLACKHAWK "Junk-Heap Heroes: Book II" Part 3

 Actually, we haven't seen the golden character on this cover by Dick Dillin and Chuck Cuderia...in that armor (but he is in this issue)!
It's a classic misleading bait-and-switch!
But, back to our tale...
The Blackhawks have disappeared...and neither friend nor foe can locate them...
Who's the armored guy on the cover?
Why are the Blackhawks now spread out all over Europe?
How long did it take them to set themselves up with all this new equipment and cover identities?
And who's paying for all this new gear, since the government apparently isn't?
Yeah, I know, it's just a comic, but there's got to be some logic to it.
Three of the team's new nom de guerres have been revealed, though only The Listener's (whose costume is mis-colored as all-yellow instead of the navy blue with flesh-colored ear graphics it's supposed to be.) appears in his new fighting togs.
But just wait until the seven middle-aged flyers show up in costume (though thankfully, none in spandex or leotards)
Be here next week when we present the final part of the reboot that became a punch-line for everything that was wrong with the Silver Age...

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