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Friday, January 13, 2012

Adventure Comics # 67, October, 1941

A stunning Starman cover this time around that does finally get around to plugging the new SHINING NIGHT feature, also.

This issue also introduces DC's Editorial Advisory Board, a group of high-falutin' folks whose endorsement was meant to show that DC had nothing but wholesome comics for kids (never mind the examples of violence we showed recently from this title alone). From what I have read, few of them took any real hands on interest and rarely saw any of the comics. The exception was Josette Frank whose influence would be felt immediately as she took over ADVENTURE's occasional book and movie review column. Her name would be associated with DC throughout the decade.

 This issue sees the debut of THE MIST, Starman's signature villain and, as drawn by Jack Burnley, a genuinely creepy character. I've wondered if perhaps Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's Red Ghost character in the later FANTASTIC FOUR title might have been inspired by vague memories of The Mist.

1 comment:

  1. Considering that one of Simon & Kirby's "Fighting American" stories is unquestionably swiped from one of the Starman vs. Mist stories, we can be sure that Kirby, at least, had some recent exposure to the Mist, even if it was indirect exposure via the plagiarized incarnation (I presume someone else in the Simon/Kirby shop did the swiping of story and layout).