Sunday, May 24, 2009

"Great Tord! His beams are opening the path to Limbo!"

Continuing to mine the nostalgic mother lode that is Castle of Frankenstein #12, here is a collaboration by two gentlemen who would go on to help shape, for better or worse, the face of mainstream superhero comics for three decades. CoF devoted several pages in this issue to work by several then-unknowns; Frank (Dr. Strange) Brunner had a couple of two-tier Mad-style satire stories as well. This particular one, though, really amused me- it's very much in that Kirby cosmic-superguy vein (he and Lee had only in the previous year galvanized everyone with the introductions of the Inhumans, Galactus, the Silver Surfer and if memory serves, "Him", who was soon repurposed as Adam Warlock), filtered through the prism of Ditko-influenced weirdness...but it's the creators' names which surprised me, and you'll see what I mean when you click on the groovy splash page:

How about that? I bet it was quite a thrill for the young Messrs. Wein and Wolfman to get their work in print like this. I don't know who did what vis-a-vis art and script, nor do I know if this was their first published work.

More CoF later, including an interview with Stan Lee!

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