Yes, believe it or not, there is a gem hidden behind this rather unattractive Frank Thorne cover (did someone else ink it to death?). The lead story isn't much to write home about (or to blog about, I guess) as it is a typically nutty Atlas-Seaboard tale involving some Yetis and Satan himself. I must admit to being strangely attracted to Sal Amendola's artwork. It's far from attractive, but at least he's not trying to simply ape the 'Marvel look' like so many other Atlas-Seaboard folks. The true gem here is the back-up story featuring the Dark Avenger, a bit of a Batman/Ragman/Hawk & Dove hybrid who is a bit of a trailblazer in the 'grim and gritty' movement. There's not too much new about the story, but certain dark elements make it seems as though it was published in the mid-80s rather than the mid-70s. The artwork by Pat Broderick and Terry Austin feels very fresh, and it's a shame we didn't get to see where this character was headed. Although it's far from perfect (John Albano's script it a bit wordy), this story stands out like a glimmering diamond in the pile of coal heaped on us by Atlas-Seaboard.
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