Saturday, August 31, 2013

World's Finest # 127, August, 1962

More alien monsters and another alien outlaw lead to an exciting story. Robin is kidnapped and replaced by the alien to hamper Batman.

Ramona Fradon is on AQUAMAN here--the OTHER great Silver Age artist on the feature.

Editors Jack Schiff and Murray Boltinoff apparently hated letter columns as they were among the last to  implement them, preferring instead to devote their legally required text pages to filler that was skipped by most readers.


Friday, August 30, 2013

World's Finest # 126, June, 1962

A fairly original story this time out as Lex Luthor uses a device that creates a "Bizarro"-like duplicate of Superman in negative! Throughout the story they put a stop to his shenanigans only to have the negative version switch back to his secret identity! 

I really like Batman's look here, by Mooney and Moldoff.

We failed to mention that the great Nick Cardy was providing the art for AQUAMAN AND AQUALAD. Throughout his run on the character, Aquaman would have some of the most recognizably unique facial features of any DC hero of the day.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

World's Finest # 125, May, 1962

A cool image of Superman from the artist who would draw him for years later on in JLA, Dick Dillin.

Mooney's back already. This time the story has Batman and Robin held hostage to force Superman to do the villain's bidding. But they escape and Superman captures the bad guy. Nothing special, really. What's special about this issue comes below.

Another brilliant and latterly nostalgic ad!

Rumor is that the Batman titles were nearly canceled in the sixties prior to the "New Look" coming in. With every issue lately presenting these ads I'm surprised.

But here's the big news! Remember when I said Aquaman was finally getting some respect with his JLA appearances, his SHOWCASE successes and now his own book? Well, here he is with new short stories as well, reuniting with GREEN ARROW, with whom he appeared previously in both MORE FUN and ADVENTURE!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

World's Finest # 124, March, 1962

Swan/Modoff up front but inside this time we get Swan/Klein, the definitive Silver Age super-artists team! The story features 3 alien criminals and a 4th alien who mistakes the WF team for them.

GL and Flash! And a gorilla. Does it get more Silver Age than this ad?

After about two decades of back-up strips, Aquaman finally got his own regular full-length comic.