Monday, October 28, 2013

MASKED MARVEL "Beasts of Horror"

We end October as we began, with the hero who looks like a Dia de los Muertros sugar skull...
...in his final, never-reprinted appearance in Youthful's GunSmoke #16 (1952)!
Most of the time, the Masked Marvel, like the Ghost Rider, faced threats that appeared supernatural, but actually were people pretending to be ghosts or monsters, like the heroes themselves.
The writer is unknown, but the artist is Tony Tallarico, who went on to co-create Lobo, comics' first Black cowboy (and the first Black character to get his own comic book) in 1966!

Monday, October 21, 2013

THE ORIGINAL GHOST RIDER "Spectral Warrior"

Has it been almost a year since we ran a Ghost Rider tale?
Since it's almost Halloween, let's do something about that, with a never-reprinted story...
...from Magazine Enterprises' Ghost Rider #13 (1953).
Illustrated by co-creator Dick Ayers, it's typical of the stories, moody and entertaining, with what appears to be a supernatural threat simply being someone using tricks and misdirection to appear supernatural!
And isn't that the basic concept of "trick or treat"?

Monday, October 14, 2013

STRANGE STORIES FROM ANOTHER WORLD "Phantom Riders in the Sky"

While Ghost Rider and Masked Marvel II were guys pretending to be avenging spirits...
...these specters were the real deal...as Ed Sharlin discovered...
This never-reprinted tale appeared in Fawcett's Strange Stories from Another World #4 (1952), illustrated by Ed Waldman.
The writer is unknown.
BTW, Fawcett had one of the biggest Western comics lines in the business, with over 1/4 of their 140 or so titles (including one-shots) being Westerns.
And that's not even including back-ups in non-Western comics (like movie actor Rod Cameron's strip in Captain Video)!
Be here next week when we continue our journey during October through the Weird West...

Monday, October 7, 2013

MASKED MARVEL "Blood-Sucker of Banta Gulch"

...battling a real supernatural threat in this tale from Youthful's GunSmoke #15 (1951).
Most of the time, the Masked Marvel, like the Ghost Rider, faced threats that appeared supernatural, but actually were people pretending to be ghosts or monsters, like the heroes themselves.
The writer and artist for this particular story are unknown.

Be here next week when we continue our journey during October through the Weird West...
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