April 1, 2016
As a fan of odd comics these titles are currently on my “wants” list. I’ve managed to collect all of the Dell Monkees comics and quite a number of the UK “Lady Penelope” weeklies that contain Monkees strips. However I’ve never seen this Gold Key comic featuring their 1968 movie. “Head” contains some fantastic music amongst the often mediocre sketches. I particularly like their versions of Carole King’s “As we go along” and “Porpoise Song”, Mike’s “Circle Sky” and Davy singing Nilsson’s “Daddy’s Song”. Although care has to be taken with that one. Davy is dancing with Toni Basil whilst set and clothes flash alternately between black and a migraine-inducing white.
Here’s another one that looks interesting. I’d like to read it just for the Monkees backup strip.
Charlton comics were always oddly numbered. “The Flintstones Pebbles and BamBam” survived for five issues until in issue six it suddenly became “Team-Up”. If you were a toddler who’d been given a subscription to the Flintstones comic you were in for a shock. I just want issue 7 as it features E-Man’s girlfriend and former exotic dancer Nova.
Likewise with Miss Bikini Luv 625. She finally got her own comic after featuring for a year or so in Charlton’s “Gorgo”. However the series had originally begun a decade earlier at number 500 as “Robin Hood”. From issue 524 it changed to “Wild Western comics”. After a hiatus it continued from number 581 as “‘Lil Scamp”. It was re-named as “Jungle Warfare” from number 610 (but still had “‘Lil Scamp” back-up stories to use up inventory). Miss Bikini Luv ran from number 623 to 627. All these comics are extremely rare/completely unobtainable.
June 21, 2008
February 21, 2008
I collect Charlton Comics. Not in an organized or obsessive way but if I come across one I do have a tendancy to aquire it. Lets face it, most Charlton Comics are totally bonkers. If you Google hard enough you can find details of Charlton the company. The whole set-up seems to have been odd. They gave their writers and artists far more freedom than Marvel/DC which evidently compensated for the low page rates they paid. They even printed the comics themselves too.
My favourite is Go-Go which was a humour/parody comic from the mid 1960s when Dick Giordano was in charge of the comic book department. The “Ghost” comics in the 1970s often contained surprisingly good art from Tom Sutton and others. Charlton faded away in the mid 1980s. If they had trademarked the title of this letters page from E-Man back in 1974 perhaps the history of the Internet would have been different………………….