Tuesday, November 19, 2013


This is one intense cover by Sam Glanzman, full of drama, determination, dread, and the realities of sub warfare.

All three stories this issue are quite good. Unsure of the artist on the first story , but the style is very familiar.
The second tale is also uncredited, but has definite Morisi aspects; if not pencils then surely the inks.

The third and final story is a heavy duty steamroller , action packed and illustrated perfectly by the team of Bill Montes and Ernie Bache, with one of their most powerful stories together.

This title, like many of the war genre, a lot of times could be rather bland--however, this issue delivered the goods throughout.

Sunday, November 17, 2013


Something a little different this time around. Here we have an array of original cover art by Tony Tallarico.
Produced for Charlton's coloring book line in 1971, and all featuring Hanna Barbera properties.
The HANNA BARBERA ALL STAR cover is the only time Jonny Quest was featured in a Charlton book!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

MONSTER HUNTERS #12, March 1978

Behind this rather pedestrian cover ( I'm unsure of who drew this, but it sure looks like Carlos Vila, or at the very least the Recreo Studio), lies some rather good stories.

Issue #12 was the final "All New" issue (with the following issue containing but a single new 8 pager), and despite the lackluster cover the interiors deliver the goods.

First up is Snake Charmer with art handled by the aforementioned Carlos Vila. This one is filled with panels of the antagonist in various states of skimpy dress/undress, and certainly pushed the boundaries of what the Code would allow. There's even an instance of a "nip slip" that somehow got past the code watchdogs!

Follow that up by the able team of Charles Nicholas and Vince Alascia with one their "swamp" stories and add in the always fine looking art of Dick Piscopo to round out the issue and we are treated to a pretty decent book. Those who skipped over it on the racks due to it's cover missed out on some pretty good stuff!

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