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Thursday, November 24, 2011

COMIC BOOK COMPULSIVE — Headline Comics #18

The Prize Comics Group, a.k.a. Crestwood Publications, a.k.a. Feature Publications was another Golden Age comic book publisher who only published a handful of titles and only two of note.  One, Prize Comics, best known for Dick Briefer’s Frankenstein but also home to Powers Nelson, Futureman (on the short list of super-heroes who inserted their Christian name into his superhero one), The Black Owl, Yank and Doodle and Dr. Frost.  And Headline Comics, which is probably best known for being turned into a crime title by Simon & Kirby late in its run.

Before that it was Headline Comics (For The American Boy), a pretty generic , mediocre Golden Age comic with a kid-centric focus.  For most of this version of the comic the headliners were a kid gang called the Junior Rangers, the only interesting thing about them being the fact they had a Chinese-American member.  But in #16 Headline Comics got an early jump on the atomic powered superhero derby by cover featuring Atomic Man.  Secretly Adam Mann who’s atomic experiments gave him the usual compliment of super powers; besides the nicely old fashioned art by the unknown artist the most interesting thing about him was the fact he (somehow) could neutralize his powers by putting on a lead glove.  That and he seems to have tucked his cape into his underwear.

And finally, I’ve included this adventure of Copy Boy, mostly because he is another prime example of the sadly forgotten post-war male pompadour.


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