Thursday, 19 April 2018

Davy Crockett #01 - #08 (1955 - 1957) [Complete Collection] [Charlton Comics Collection 19]


1955 Series

Publisher: Charlton
Publication Dates: August 1955 – January 1957
Number of Issues Published: 8 (#1 – #8)
Color: Color
Dimensions: Standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock: Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Was ongoing
Publication Type: magazine

 David “Davy” Stern Crockett (August 17, 1786 – March 6, 1836) was a 19th-century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier, and politician. He is commonly referred to in popular culture by the epithet “King of the Wild Frontier”. He represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives, served in the Texas Revolution, and died at the Battle of the Alamo.

Crockett grew up in East Tennessee, where he gained a reputation for hunting and storytelling. After being made a colonel in the militia of Lawrence County, Tennessee, he was elected to the Tennessee state legislature in 1821. In 1825, Crockett was elected to the U.S. Congress, where he vehemently opposed many of the policies of President Andrew Jackson, most notably the Indian Removal Act.

 Crockett’s opposition to Jackson’s policies led to his defeat in the 1831 elections. He won again in 1833, then narrowly lost in 1835, prompting his angry departure to Texas (then the Mexican state of Tejas) shortly thereafter. In early 1836, Crockett took part in the Texas Revolution and was killed at the Battle of the Alamo in March.

Crockett became famous in his own lifetime for larger-than-life exploits popularized by stage plays and almanacs. 

After his death, he continued to be credited with acts of mythical proportion. These led in the 20th century to television and movie portrayals, and he became one of the best-known American folk heroes.

Numbering continues with Kid Montana (Charlton, 1957 series) #9

Links ⇊⇊  #01 - #08

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Sun #164 - #168

 The Sun (originally simply Sun) was comic launched on 11 November 1947 
by publisher J. B. Allen, changing from weekly to fortnightly during its run. 
It had previously been a health magazine called Fitness and Sun. 

1947 Series
Publication Dates: 1947 – 1949
Number of Issues Published: 41 (#1 – #41)
Color: Red & Green Front Cover; Red & Green Back Cover; Red & Green Centrefold;
Black & White Interior
Dimensions: 91/2″x 121/4″
Paper Stock: Newsprint
Binding: Loose Pages
Publishing Format: Was ongoing series

More information about this collection, here

Links ⇊⇊ Sun #164 -  #168 

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Billy the Kid Adventure Magazine #01-#26, #28-#29 (1950-1955) Toby/Minoan

1950 Series Adventure Magazine

Publisher: Toby
Publication Dates: October 1950 – [June] 1955
Number of Issues Published: 29 (#1 – #29)
Color: Color Dimensions: Standard Silver Age U. S.
Paper Stock: Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Was Ongoing Series

Billy the Kid is a Western comic book series published by Charlton Comics, with stories of a fictional character based on the historical Billy the Kid. Taking over the numbering of a previous Western comic, Masked Raider, Billy the Kid was published from issues #9-153 (Nov. 1957 – March 1983). The Billy the Kid character made his first appearance in Masked Raider #6.

Regular backup features in the book included Bounty Hunter Shawn O’Meara, Tenderfoot Sheriff John Lind, Mr. Young Of The Boothill Gazette, and Apache Red.

Regular contributors to the title included writer Joe Gill, and artists Pat Boyette, José Delbo, Jack Keller, Sanho Kim, Rocke Mastroserio, Charles Nicholas, Warren Sattler, and Carl Wessler.

The book’s first five issues (June 1955 – Aug. 1956) were titled Masked Raider (not to be confused with the Timely Comics character), starring a masked gunfighter and his pet golden eagle Talon. With issue #6 the book was titled Masked Raider Presents Billy the Kid. This title lasted three issues, through cover-date July 1957. With issue #9, the full cover title was Billy the Kid: Western Outlaw, lasting through issue #37.

Billy the Kid was twice put under publication hiatus, first between #121 and #122 (Jan.–Aug. 1977), and then from #123 to #124 (Nov. 1977–Feb. 1978). From that point the end of the run, Billy the Kid was a reprint title.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Bo #1 - 5 (1955) [Complete Collection] [Charlton Comics Collection 18]

  June 1955 - October 1955 

Number of Issues Published    3 (#1 - #3) Color 

Dimensions:      Standard Silver Age US 

Paper Stock:   Glossy cover; newsprint interior 
Binding:  Saddle-stitched 

   Publishing Format:    Was ongoing 

Publication Type:    magazine 


    Numbering continues with Tom Cat (Charlton, 1956 series)  #4 - 8 Apr 1956 - July 1957

Thursday, 12 April 2018

The Charlton Bullseye #1 - 5 (1975 - 1976) [Complete Collection] [Charlton Comics Collection 17]

The Charlton Bullseye

CPL/GANG Publications, 1975 Series
brand Charlton Comics
Published in English (United States) United States

  1975 - July-September 1976 
Number of Issues Published:    5 (#1 - #5) 
Color:    black and white; color covers from #2 onward 
Paper Stock: heavy paper 
Binding:    saddle-stitched 
Publishing Format:    was ongoing series 
Keywords:    fanzine

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Doomsday + 1 #1 - #12 (1975 - 1979) Complete Collection [Charlton Comics Collection 16]

Medium: Comic books
Published by: Charlton Comics
First Appeared: 1975
Creators: Joe Gill (writer) and John Byrne (artist)
Publication Dates:  July 1975 - May 1979 
Number of Issues Published:    12 (#1 - #12) 
Color:  Color 
Dimensions:    Standard Modern Age US 
Paper Stock:   Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior 
Binding:    Saddle-stitched 
Publishing Format:    Was ongoing 
Publication Type:    magazine 

 #7-12 reprints #1-6; unpublished final story appeared  in Charlton Bullseye #4, 5


Since the middle part of the last century, all children have grown up knowing that the world as they know it could come to a sudden end at any time. If they don't know it from the headlines and from serious discussions in school, they know it from the popularity of science fiction such as On the Beach or Alas, Babylon, in which a post-apocalyptic near future is described in vivid detail. Oddly, except for the occasional isolated non-series sci-fi story, comic books tended to avoid the theme until the 1960s Atomic Knights and Mighty Samson dealt with that frightening possibility, and the exotic world that may result, on a series basis.

Both series were long-over, tho Samson was running again as a revival, by the time Charlton Comics, which had dabbled in borderline sci-fi from Space Western to Gorgo, launched is post-apocalyptic comic book series, Doomsday + 1, in the middle of the 1970s. The first issue was dated July, 1975. It was written by Joe Gill, who had done everything from Black Fury to Peacemaker for Charlton, and even scattered non-Charlton heroes like Nukla. The artist was John Byrne.

Byrne later achieved fame among comics fans for his work on X-Men, Fantastic Four and other Marvel properties, and still later for his revamp of Superman. But he was unknown at the time; and in fact, except for a few Hanna-Barbera adaptations, had practically no professional experience in comic books. Of all his creations or co-creations, from Alpha Flight to The Next Men and points beyond, Doomsday + 1 was the first to debut in its own comic.

In this scenario, the nuclear bombs that brought on the damage were flung in response to a South American dictator named Rykos fooling the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. into believing each had attacked the other. By the time the ruse was discovered, unrecallable automatic weaponry had already assured the world's destruction. Three astronauts, Captain Boyd Ellis, his fiance Jill Malden, and Japanese scientist Ikei Yashida, escaped the carnage by being in orbit when it happened. Upon landing, soon as radiation subsided to safe levels, they were joined by Kuno, an ancient Goth who had been frozen since the 3rd century, back in the land of the living as a result of the upheaval.

With the disaster results as its backdrop, the small band had one adventure after another, six in all, until the cover date of May, 1976, Two more stories, each half-length and printed in black and white, appeared in the fanzine-style Charlton Bullseye, dated April and September, 1976.
 Gill wrote the stories in its own title. Byrne did all the art, plus scripts for the stories that appeared in Charlton Bullseye.

A couple of years later, the regular series was reprinted, but with issue numbers continuing from before, rather than starting over. Doomsday + 1 #7 was dated June, 1978; #12 was May, 1979. Additional stories were created by cartoonist Tom Sutton (Vampirella), who also drew the only non-Byrne cover, that of #1, for a planned but unpublished 13th issue.

The series never did find its niche among 1970s comic book readers. But Fantagraphics Books (Prince Valiant, Red Barry) acquired the rights in the following decade, and reprinted all six issues, plus colorized versions of the Charlton Bullseye material, as The Doomsday Squad, starting with the date August, 1986. Back-up features included Dalgoda, Captain Jack, Kief Lama and other sci-fi stars Fantagraphics has published.