Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The Great Comic Book Covers

If there was ever a comic designed to make early Sgt. Fury look like Tolstoy, this is it. A copy of this comic used to hang (might still be hanging) in the back issue case behind the counter of the Comic Empire in Tulsa. Mike, the proprietor, thought that this was the greatest comic book cover of all time, and it's hard to disagree with him. It's not that this book really belonged in the case next to the authentically rare and valuable comics in the case, but it was just to great a book to be left sitting in a box somewhere - there's no hiding this light under a bushel.

A few thoughts:

1) Wouldn't it be difficult to spout all that chewy dialogue with a cigar in your mouth?

2) Why is there a case of dynamite in the middle of a battle zone, anyway?

3) Why does Joe have a bow & arrow in the middle of a World War II battle zone?

4) How can that arrow actually fly?

5) Gotta love those sound effects: C-LPPP!!! (The explosion is so powerful it knocks the exclamation points for a loop!) FLPP! ZZNNG (No exclamation point, sadly.) ZIPP! BLIP!

6) Is "Blast Crazy" supposed to be a positive attribute? Because most people would probably think that being "Blast Crazy" was a bad thing, at least a debilitating illness.

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