Friday, February 19, 2010

Hidden Gems: Wally Wood's T.H.U.N.D.E.R Agents #4

I had always been aware of the existence at this mid-80s take on the Tower Comics heroes, but I never really put any effort into tracking down any issues, as I assumed it would simply suffer by comparison to the original. How wrong I was! I picked up issue #4 from a dollar bin, captivate by the terrific George Perez cover. It reads like a true Tower Comics homage, with a variety of stories by a impressive collection of writer and artists. For starters, I had no clue that Ditko contributed to this series. He's a good fit for NoMan. Dann Thomas' take on Raven was a change in gears from the 60s, but I liked it - and as much as I love Manny Stallman, I must admit that Perez and Adkins make a pretty nice team. The most pleasant surprise for me was the Bierbaum's Lightning story, drawn with a nice abstract vibe by Keith Giffen. Superb stuff all around. I look forward to stumbling upon the rest of the series.


Anonymous said...


I'm glad you appreciated #4; I put in so much blood, sweat, and love. There were five issues in all, sadly. When you find issue #1,note that it contains the only George Perez pencils EVER inked by Dave Cockrum, and the only Dave Cochram pencils EVER inked by the legendary Murphy Anderson.

Dave Singer

Scott M said...

Thanks for stopping by Dave - I look forward to tracking the rest of these down. I have no recollection of ever seeing this on the shelves back in the 80s.

I've only recently been made aware of the legal drama that accompanied this series.