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Book Review: Captain America: The 1940s Newspaper Strips

Captain America: The 1940s Newspaper Strip Captain America: The 1940s Newspaper Strip by Karl Kesel

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


A somewhat odd book. It's an attempt to recreate the fun of 1940s Adventure comic strips, which Captain America (and other character at Marvel predecessor company Timely) didn't get to experience like his DC counterparts.

Given that, it's odd that most of the story is set in an underground laboratory where a scientist wants to run tests on Captain America and then a mystery is set up.

It's not bad, but it's not really special, and doesn't really feel "of it's era." It seems this would have been a lot more fun if they'd gone with a bigger story more fitting the Adventure Strip style they were going for. The last third of the book is a bit more exciting, but overall this merely okay and really didn't do much with a very good concept.



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Published on February 23, 2016 15:26 Tags: captain-america, newspaper-strips

Book Review: Star Trek: The Newspaper Comics, Volume 1: 1979-1981

Star Trek: The Newspaper Comics, Volume 1: 1979-1981 Star Trek: The Newspaper Comics, Volume 1: 1979-1981 by Thomas Warkentin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


These newspaper comics from 1979-81 are set in the era of Star Trek: The Motion Picture and use the uniforms from that move as well as the Enterprise crew using wrist communicators.

The stories are perfectly enjoyable Space Adventure newspaper strips but little else. Those expecting the equivalent of, “The Trouble with Tribles” or “City on the Edge of Forever” will be sadly be disappointed. The Star Trek strips are pretty much straight up space adventures in the style of Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon. Well told, but not particularly innovative, but all of them are interesting.

Among the highlights are a strip where Doctor McCoy meets his ex-wife and a wannabe doppleganger (whose plan to replace McCoy is foiled by him acting completely out of character.) Also, Harry Mudd makes an appearance, and there are several stories involving the Klingons, the most interesting involving a crazy alien general who is trying to start a Klingon-Federation War so they can fight in it.



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Published on March 21, 2016 20:20 Tags: newspaper-strips, star-trek

Book Review: Superman: The Golden Age Dailies-1944-1947

Superman: The Golden Age Dailies-1944-1947 Superman: The Golden Age Dailies-1944-1947 by Alvin Schwartz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Collecting Superman daily news strips from October 1944-July 1947, this series captures Superman at a point when the strips had become (mostly) more lighthearted, with most storylines having a strong comedic element. We get see things happen like Lois being left a fortune, her being engaged to Superman, and two talented elderly female cooks trying to make a man out of Mister Mxyzptlk. It's Superman as lighthearted fun before everything went all nuts in comics during the Silver Age. We get appearances by the Prankster, two by Mister Mxyzptlk, and one by Lex Luthor.

I will say that the second appearance of Mister Mxyzptlk was not as good, with his being a romantic rival for Superman being just a little too silly. I also thought Luthor's evil plan was a little too unambitious for him and not up to his usual standards.

The last story is a bit more serious as it addresses the Post-War concern of Juvenile delinquency by telling a story that focuses on two delinquents who are pals from different sides of the track. This one is pretty good for what it is. It featured, "Community House." The radio series would feature Unity House during its fights with the clan. I wonder if this was somehow related.

Overall, this is one of the more solid volumes of comic strips and well worth a read for those who like a lighter touch on the man of steel.



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Published on November 21, 2020 23:48 Tags: golden-age, newspaper-strips, superman

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