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December 24, 2007

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Dennis Hughes

As an addition to your list I'd like to suggest "Steelgrip Starkey". Nothing like a construction worker with an amazing all purpose power tool to hold a 6 issue mini-series together.

Siskoid

You know, I've always been a fan of B'wana Beast. I'm not sure why.

Just goes to show there's someone for everyone.

Except Tiger Boy.

Dr. Retro

Staff? You have staff?

Did you research all that or do you just KNOW all that stuff? I thoroughly enjoyed it. Even my ten-year-old-son was in stitches over this one.

Should I admit to owning one of those Captain Marvel books and the first issue of Skateman? He was supposed to be really hip, but looks so dated in those days before inline skates.

Good to know I'm not the only one geeky enough to post on Christmas Eve.

Mark Engblom

Dennis-

Funny you should bring up Steelgrip Starkey, since I stumbled across him as I was putting the finishing touches on the column. I'll certainly include him the inevitable sequel. Thanks for the heads up!

Mark Engblom

"Just goes to show there's someone for everyone.

Except Tiger Boy."

Siskoid- Yup...invariably, someone out there enjoys just about any goofy superhero or supervillain I feature here....but at the same time, most of them would freely admit how goofy the characters were. I'm guilty of liking a bunch of goofy characters, so you're in good company.

Mark Engblom

"Staff? You have staff?

No, just a little joke there. I'm a one-man operation here, as are most of my comic blogging brethren.

"Did you research all that or do you just KNOW all that stuff? I thoroughly enjoyed it. Even my ten-year-old-son was in stitches over this one."

Glad to hear you and your son enjoyed it! That definitely makes it worth all the effort. To answer your question, it's a combination of research and just knowing all of this dopey stuff. Sometimes, while researching one character, I'll stumble across another that I either knew little about or didn't know about at all. A good example of that is "Tiger Man", who I found out about while getting more information on Jigsaw (who I had known about).

The internet sure has made it easier to research this sort of thing...though even then I often have to do some real digging.

"Should I admit to owning one of those Captain Marvel books and the first issue of Skateman?

No.

Just kidding. Hey, I own plenty of blush-worthy comics myself.

"Good to know I'm not the only one geeky enough to post on Christmas Eve."

Well, actually you ARE geekier than me posting on Christmas Eve, since technically I posted this piece last Thursday evening, and it posted through the miracle of automatic posting. But, you know, I kid you, Dr. Retro...because I care. ;)

chalwa

Not to disagree and stupid names aside, the Mr. Scarlet and Pinky adventures were actually very well written. Lawyer Brian Butler was always looking for a client because he was always broke! It was kind of tongue-in-cheek like many later silver-age DC sci-fi stories were. AC has black and white reprints that are well worth a look.

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