Sunday, July 31, 2005

1970's ATLAS Comics - Episode 1

I'm not going to ramble on about these too much as of yet, suffice it to say for the time being that ATLAS comics was a short-lived 70's competitor - more with Marvel than DC (from the look of the covers) - whose brief output was both weird and to a lesser extent wonderful. You see they head-hunted some of the best talent of the day by paying higher rates than the competition. Didn't work out too well......After a year they were gone......

Here are two GREAT covers from Ernie Colons super(natural)hero book The Grim Ghost.

Pat Boyette did the interiors for these books. Never has sillier content looked so good.

Rich Buckler took this concept over to Marvel when Atlas folded.

There was only one issue of the excellent Frank Thorne horror title. Pity.

Looks like Larry Leiber (Stan Lee's brother) doing a passable John Romita take-off.

See...he's not the Hulk...he's The Brute!! Get it? Great cover by the under-rated Dick Giordano!

Probably the WEIRDEST book published by Atlas, this Mike Fleisher scripted tale of a genetically engineered "Jeckyl & Hyde" superhero set in a dystopian futuristic world (my favorite!) left a big impression on my 10 year old brain when it first came out. How could you not love a book where the hero turns into a giant rampaging yam every so often. He even INGESTS (not eat, more like ABSORBS) a wee cute lil' girl in issue #2! Wheee!

And yet another superhero set in a dystopian futuristic world where alien invaders rule. I hate it when that happens.

Last but not least, howzabout these two great covers by Neal Adams!

More soonest on the rest of the Atlas line!
(Yep...there's LOTS more!)
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