Tower Comics

April 1, 2013

UA6

I always enjoyed those lightweight/second-rate 1960s superheroes from comic companies that weren’t DC or Marvel. There were superheroes that varied between the good, the bad and the ludicrous from Dell and Gold Key. More readable was stuff like ACG’s Herbie/Magicman/Nemesis, Charlton’s Captain Atom/The Question/Blue Beetle, Archies’ The Fly/Mighty Crusaders, Tower’s Dynamo/No-Man/T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents etc. The list is endless quite long.

Tower comics managed 35 issues of assorted superhero fare and another 45 “Teen” comics which looked similar to Archies. They also produced four odd paperbacks featuring what I assume to be black and white reprints of their comics chopped up to just one or two panels per page. (I own a few paperbacks in a similar format featuring Golden age Batman strips). I’m not sure why the phrase “camp” is used on the cover of this one. I don’t think Tower comics were meant to be seen that way at all. Their superhero fare was pretty straight-forward heroes and villains. Some of the concepts were quite novel at the time. Lightning shortening his lifespan/ageing rapidly every time he used his powers and No-Man being able to transfer his consciousness into a variety of android bodies. In more recent years DC ultimately ended up with the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agent characters with mixed results.

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