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Monday, January 30, 2012

COMIC BOOK COMPULSIVE — Green Giant Comics #1

Though I have read hundreds of Golden Age comic books there’s still plenty I still desperately want to read that I haven’t been able to find anywhere.  For instance,  Green Giant Comics.  I believe I first saw it’s oddball and iconic cover in Steranko’s History of Comics when I were but a lad.  This one has always escaped me, until a couple of days when Green Giant Comics #1 appeared at the Digital Comics Museum website (blessings be upon it).

So, with of that accumulated anticipation weighing down upon it the only real question, really, is, does Green Giant Comics live up to my twisted expectations?  The answer is, oh, yes, this is one very weird, awkward looking comic book.  Almost nothing is known about it but to quote from the Public Domain Super Heroes Wikia (long may it wave):

According to the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide (2000),Green Giant Comics #1 was an experiment to determine if the company could profitably manufacture and distribute comics with their otherwise idle printing presses. The Moreau Publishing company believes the book was never released to news stands.

And as pointed out by Steve Thompson, these are the same people who produced Motion Picture Funnies Weekly as well as packaged  Marvel Comics #1

For the record as far as I can tell the above Green Giant has nothing to do with Green Giant brand vegetables which predates it, though it’s mascot, the Green Giant, wasn’t introduced until 1950.

In #1 we’re introduced to the Green Giant who is secretly a certain Mr. Brentwood  (we never get on a first name basis with him) who with the help of his size changing belt and his “tunic” (there’s a word you don’t hear every day) takes on Wall St. malfeasance as only a masked green giant can.

Among the “all new” features mentioned on the cover was  Doctor Nerod, Super-Scientist, one of your standard 40′s two-fisted scientist/adventurers.  I had always assumed that the term “super-scientist” was of fairly recent vintage (if it didn’t originate with The Venture Bros. series the show at least helped popularize it).  But apparently this is not the case.

And finally there’s Master Mystic, another Golden Age character who can, essentially, do absolutely everything.

 


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3 Responses to “COMIC BOOK COMPULSIVE — Green Giant Comics #1”

  1. booksteve Says:

    I ran Mr. Mystic on my site yesterday, also. Surprised you didn’t note the connection between this and the controversial and legendary MOTION PICTURE FUNNIES WEEKLY # 1. GREEN GIANT was done by the same folks who did that also undistributed comic book and also packaged MARVEL COMICS # 1.

  2. booksteve Says:

    MASTER, not MISTER. How quickly I forget.

  3. Steve Bennett Says:

    If you don’t mind, I’ll do just that when I get a chance to do a rewrite. I tend to rewrite these things after “publication”; sometimes it’s just a matter of cleaning up my text and correcting my mistakes, and sometimes it’s a bigger job than that.

I.T.C.H is looking forward to your thoughts. Please, no flame. Thanks!

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