Saturday, September 13, 2008

adventure comics 435 & 436...

I noticed on the datajunkie blog that the complete Fleischer/Aparo Spectre run from Adventure Comics has been posted for download. Is that some kind of dig? A challenge? Have I been digitally dissed? Or is meant to compliment my postings here? Or is, and this is my guess, just a coincidence? Anyway, if you like to read comic books on your computer, check out datajunkie for the downloads. Good blog, by the way.
Anyway, here are some images from the next two issues. 435 is kinda famous for it's reference to "mild mannered reporter Clark Kent," which suggests that these stories take place outside of regular DC continuity (since they're joking about Clark Kent being Superman's alter ego, something they obviously wouldn't know if this were taking place in the continuity in which Superman exists). For the most part, Spectre is portrayed as being part of the DC Universe. I'm sure there's some explanation for this. In the long run, it doesn't really matter, these are still great comics, we're all still going to die.
Speaking of dying, the Adventure Comics with the Spectre were fairly controversial at the time they came out for their reasonably graphic portrayals of violence. In addition to the Spectre's gory dispatches of the guilty (which were usually bloodless but still gorily evocative), you have scenes like the opening of 436, which has a gang of killers taking out everyone at the car show with poision gas. That shit's pretty heavy. Perhaps even more horrifying, if more justified, is the Spectre's doing away with the gang's leader (some kind of Nazi or something) via giant tentacled squid (after offing two of his minions with a giant compass). Gross, but I can dig it...
Both of these issues are written by Michael Fleischer (script continuity by Russell Carley) with art by Jim Aparo, and were edited by Joe Orlando...













I've serioulsy got a gaggle of film reviews to put up soon, whenever my brain starts working again, which admittedly could be never. Plus I've gearing up for the Halloween countdown. I'll have lots of cool horror comics to post, and more. For real, keeping checking us out, things can only get better. Except if they get worse. In which case, we're fucked...

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