Friday, October 09, 2009

Exit Stage Left: Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom #31

This is a very strange final issue. Doctor Solar was initially cancelled back in 1969, when Gold Key decided to wrap up the series with issue #27. For one reason or another, the powers that be decided to reboot the good Doctor a dozen years later under the Whitman imprint. While I believe the first issue of this new title was unused inventory, the remaining three issue featured all-new Doctor Solar stories written by Roger McKenzie and drawn by Dan Spiegle. Also included are stylish Magnus back-ups, written by McKenzie with Frank Bolle on the art chores. The lead story in this one features a pretty 'out there' store involving a struggling actor and an electrical accident. It has a Hollywood setting, and really brought to mind Crossfire. the Magnus story is fairly uneventful, except that the reader is promised an upcoming Magnus title that never materialized. Unlike those great Silver Age covers, this one is simply made from recoloured interior artwork. Yawn. All in all, it's a strange last gasp for some great 60s characters.

1 comment:

Jeremy A. Patterson said...

There are some other notable last hurrahs: The Fly #9, Mighty Crusaders #13, & Sparkplug #3!