Highlighting House Ads: Charlton's Action Heroes 1967
If you've been reading this blog for a while, you are fully aware that I am a pretty big fan of Charlton's Action Hero line. Readers were bombarded with new heroes in the 1960s, but this small collection must have stood out as quite unique. When I see them all together on one page, the thing that really strikes me are the cool costume designs. Perhaps none of these became as iconic as Superman or Spider-Man but each of them, from the minimalist Peter Cannon (with a tip of the hat to Lev Gleason's Daredevil) to the Eastern influenced Judo Master, really stand out from what we were seeing at the Big Two. I'd love to get a poster of this one and put it up on my wall. I only wish they'd found room to include Sarge Steel. While I am generally not a fan of Stan Lee's constant hype about the greatness of Marvel during the 60s, I do find the 'And They're Not Half Bad' line to be a bit too far down the other end of hyperbole spectrum. A truly odd choice of words.