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Yesterday Pal Dave dug into the DC archives to pinpoint the Greatest Month in Comics, cardiology which inspired a certain little stuffed bull to expand Dave’s research into the Marvel realm. I guess that leaves it up to me to complete the Silver Age trifecta with a look at what the Nutmeg State’s number one comics publisher was up to at the time.

Those gussied up city-slickers at Marvel and DC may have played some strong hands during that legendary month, but the fine folks at Charlton Comics (“The Tarpaper Shack of Ideas”) had a deck full of aces up their sleeves during the February of 1966 (or thereabouts. Timeliness — like competent lettering — wasn’t really Charlton’s strong suit.)

In the pages of Captain Atom #79, Charlton’s flagship “action hero” met his match in the form of the fearsomely stylish Dr. Spectro and his rainbow of EVIL

…while over in Blue Beetle #54, Nobody’s Favorite’s alum Dan Garrett pitted his mystical scarab (and prominent spare tire) against the most overconfident floating eyeball in comic book history.

If that wasn’t pulse-pounding enough, the first issue of Peter Cannon…Thunderbolt saw the titular hero take on a rogue tyrannosaur — with only a pair of short-shorts and artist Pete Morisi’s poor grasp of perspective standing between Cannon and certain doom.

Over in the shadowy world of international espionage and dubious prosthetics, the metal-handed Sarge Steel was at work foiling the schemes of the sultry Roja (a.k.a. Agent 38 Double D) in Sarge Steel #7 while Herbie the Fat Fury (in an uncredited cameo) stood back and enjoyed the cleavage show.

Of course, it wasn’t all high-stakes action that month. Who can forget the tragic introduction of the Well-Mannered Killer Robot in Son of Vulcan #50?

Or the oft-cited “Love on a High Wire” from Teen-Age Love #46, where a young aerialist must decide between her high-flying lifestyle and the stifling love of an insecure, square-jawed Young Republican?

DC may have had the Weirdo Legionnaire and Marvel the most-acclaimed Spider-Man story ever published, but with such compelling material as this…

…it seems pretty clear to me who the top dog in the Greatest Month in Comics stakes truly was.

One Response to “Best Comics Month Ever: Straight outta Connecticut”

  1. Kid Kyoto

    You sir have just added to the sum of human knowledge.

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