We all know that Charlton books are full of surprises, but some are far more surprisey than others. This is a prime example of why I love Charlton. First, you'll notice that the cover feature "Mr. Jigsaw, Man of a Thousand Parts" may seem a bit out of place in a horror book. It seems that fine folks in Derby decided to have a handful of superhero try-outs mixed in with some horror reprints during this era (see issues #37 and #40 as well). While it may not mesh together all that well, the sum of its (thousand) parts is just fine. Let's start with our friend Mr. Jigsaw - a rather fun character with a fun origin. The mix of humour and action owes a debt to E-Man, but is also ahead of its time in some ways. In addition, I imagine that he's likely the first and only Maine-based supehero. I get the sense that this is left over inventory from the Charlton Bullseye series. I think that Mr. Jigsaw had a future - it's too bad he wasn't given much of a chance. Keeping more in line with the book's theme is a good Joe Molloy story drawn by Ditko about a Mummy's curse. The other story is a somewhat disjointed Gill/Boyette effort that didn't do much for me.
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