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Men of Mystery 53

Men of Mystery 53

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A special all-star issue!! It starts Airboy, one of the most successful and longest-running characters to come out of the Golden Age of comics, featured in one of the youthful aviators most-requested (and scariest) adventures: “Airboy and the Rats!!” This tale is rendered by one of comicdom’s unsung masters, Ernie Schroeder. Then, it’s not one but two adventures of Quality Comics’ green-clad, sassy and sophisticated female adventuress, Lady Luck; bothe rendered by Klaus Nordling. Fisrt, LL takes on a beautiful but deadly lady executioner called Miss Powerhouse; and in the second, sabotage on a dam leads to circumstances that have the social register believing that Brenda Banks ( Lady Luck’s civilian identity ) has been killed. The, it’s special feature star, The Green Lama!! The ‘Lama may not have been a long-lived strip (tho’ he did inspire both a pulp magazine and a radio show in the late 1940′s) this issue’s GL offering, “An American Story” sports top-flight art by Mac Raboy, considered by experts to be among the ten best aertists to come out of the comic book world of the 1940′s- and this story features cameo appearances by Raboy himself, and hos actual Spark publications editor of the day, Joseph Greene. Then, there’s the masked crimefighter known as… Zippo!! What can you say about this Hillman Pubs., yellow-costumed adventurer who fights atop hydraulic footwheels, except that this strip appears to be drawn by Arturo Cazeneuve. Finally, a humorous Jack Cole gem, an adventure with Plastic Man’s pal, Woozy Winks!! Full-story reprints of the best of comic’s early years. 52 pages, black and white with color covers, standard comic book size. Printed in 2005.

2 Responses to "Men of Mystery 53"

  1. JERRY SCALLEY  December 14, 2012 at 5:10 am

    BILL,
    IS THE GREEN LAMA REPRINT IN MOM #53 FROM THE GOLDEN AGE GL #4??? ALSO, HAVE YOU REPRINTED THE GL STORIES FROM GL #5 OR #7???
    THANKS,
    JERRY

  2. accomics  January 17, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    The Green Lama story in Men of Mystery #53 originally appeared in Spark Publications’ GREEN LAMA #6, in 1946.Other Raboy Green Lama stories AC has reprinted in the out-of-print Golden Age Greats #1 were from Spark Pubs’ GREEN LAMA #’s 3 and 4, I believe. We would’ve loved to have reprinted the story from Spark’s GL #7, as it is beautiful, and we have a copy. Unfortunately, Raboy used a mechanical shading process on that issue known as Craftint, and that additional layer of shading would make it virtually impossible for us to reproduce. I don’t believe we have ever reprinted anything from the original GREEN LAMA #5, but I believe Dark Horse covered all of this ground with their Green Lama reprint volumes of a few years ago, didn’t they?

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