September 7, 2011
Cliffhanger Comics 1A
Dedicated to the great action movie serials of the 1940’s and ’50’s, this fast-paced publication starts off with a modern comics adaptation of Republic Pictures’ 1943 Tom Steele serial, The Masked Marvel, with chapter one (of course) by Jordi (Star Wars)Ensign, and Mark(Star Trek)Heike, with inking by John(Justice League)Dell,on a story titled “Dive Of Doom”.Action hero Don Winslow appears in a reprint from his Fawcett Comics run of the Golden Age, in chapter one of “The Undersea Cable”, drawn by Carl Pfeufer and John Jordan. Then, there’s cowboy Rocky Lane in “The Law-Baiters: chapter one- The Trap”, also from Fawcett; and the Masked Marvel returns in chapter two: “Doorway To Destruction”,by Jordi Ensign and Mark Heike. In the serial tradition, all of these stories are cliffhangers, to be resolved in the next issue, Cliffhangers 2A. Also, this issue covers the screen career of Tom Steele, in a photo-illustrated article by movie historian Bill Feret. Photo covers of Tom Steele as The Masked Marvel, interiors are black and white with graytones. Standard comic book format. Printed in 1990.