Disney fans who are enjoying Boom Studios’ current take on the classic characters as superheroes (or “Ultraheroes” as they call them) should know that that series was originally Italian and teams up various versions of Disney heroes and villains that have been around for decades in some cases. For behind the scenes art, info and history (as well as whole comics not yet published in English!) check out the Italian language site TOPOLINO!
Talk about obscure but popular! SWING SISSON, ACE OF THE BANDSTAND, outlasted DOLL MAN in Quality’s FEATURE COMICS for a nearly 100 issue run! Here’s a look at the career of this crime-fighting swing band leader of the Big Band Era!
Marvel’s unauthorized version of THE BEATLES STORY from 1978 gets another unauthorized airing as the Groovy Agent’s 500th post. (Congrats Groove!) Written by David Anthony Kraft and drawn by George Perez, it’s as timely now in these days of remasters and ROCK BAND as it was thirty one years ago!
One of the most internationally popular characters ever, Lee Falk’s THE PHANTOM, appears from a 1964 Gold Key comic in a story drawn by Bill Lignante. Arguably the first costumed superhero, his adventures have been continuously printed in comic strips and books in dozens of countries (not always including the US) since 1936.