One bad thing about rereading the Silver Age is that it includes reading stuff that I don’t particularly like.Sgt. Fury, for example, was sometimes billed as the “the war comic for people who hate war comics” but it’s more “the war comic for people who think war comics should resemble C-list war movies.” Nazis babbling incredulously that how the Howlers cannot possibly be winning because no Americans can beat the master race! Or stories like #21 in which busting a hostage out of a concentration camp is so effortless, you wonder why America needed the Invaders. Even the French Resistance stand around in awe at how awesome the Howling Commandos are.
What’s more depressing, though, is Adam Strange after Julius Schwartz, Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino departed Mystery In Space for Detective Comics. Adam Strange’s strip was great fun, with clever puzzle stories by Fox, glorious SF art by Infantino and Murphy Anderson, and a warm, passionate relationship between the leads. Once Jack Schiff took over the book, it rapidly sank to the level of Schiff’s Tales of the Unexpected. Dave Wood’s scripts are forgettable; Lee Elias’ art is just ugly. I’d have been much happier if they’d ended Adam’s strip with #91, the last Fox/Infantino/Anderson story.
So here’s a question of the week: is there a book you wish the publisher had canceled instead of letting it turn into crap?
#SFWApro. Covers by Dick Ayers, Lee Elias and Infantino (top to bottom).