Wednesday, September 3, 2008

adventure comics 427

Here's Adventure Comics 427, featuring another "Adventurer's Club" story with great Jim Aparo art. Dated April 1973, this is the last of the Adventurer's Club issues, scripted by John Albano. The next issue, which I'll put up soon, introduced the character Black Orchid, a supernatural superheroine. This story, meanwhile, seems eternally prescient, as the photographer main character (who talks as through he's taking still photos, but seems to be using a movie camera) goes for the footage no matter what the expense, humanity-wise (it's very similiar to the film "Cannibal Holocaust," which came out several years later, and certainly various criticisisms currently levelled at reality tv/paparrazi/our hyper-over-mega-meta mediated culture). Also below is an image from the Vigilante backup story by Cary Bates with art by Mike Sekowsky and Dick Giordano. I dig the juxtaposition of western themes and swingin' 70s fashion in this one. Also below are a Sergio Aragones ad for humor/horror mag PLOP!, another spooky ad and a weird statement of publication that I suspect was something required of published and which I'd also suspect was abolished in the degreulatory onsalught on the Reagan years. Transparency, god forbid. Anyway, this seems to have been published somewhat reluctantly, as it's crudely copied and barely readable. Pretty interesting, though. Nice to think there was a time when the government imposed regulations on big business (DC was by then already owned by Warner Brothers, now by Time-Warner, of course), instead of being owned by it...

Cover by Luis Dominguez...

Adventurer's Club, Albano & Aparo...



Vigilante, Bates, Sekwosky & Giordano...

Plop! ad by Aragones...

I would totally buy these...

Circulation info etc...

More coming soon. Movies reviews, too. Hey, why the hell not? Seriously, though, can I have a job now? I feel like I'm still way, way behind in terms of work karma, like I'd due a good gig this time around. Not that the world owes me anything, just, y'know, it'd be nice. Well, whatever. I'd settle for a bad job at this point. Just, y'know, a job. Whatever...

2 comments:

Karswell said...

Aparo rules. Nice post.

harris smith said...

thanks! keep checking back, i've got lots of aparo spectre & phantom stranger stuff to post...