The British weeklies Fantastic, Pow and Smash were a trio of titles that jumped on the superhero bandwagon with a mix of American superhero reprints and indigenous original material with mixed results. Smash was the most successful, running 257 issues between February 5, 1966 and April 3, April 1971. As always I find it fun seeing classic American comic book material in black and white, in this instance it’s a part reprint of 1960′s Daredevil #15 featuring some beautiful work by John Romita Sr. Although it is pretty strange Daredevil getting the crap kicked out of him by The Ox, a generic big guy with the strength of your average club bouncer and a fondness for Son of Frankenstein style vests. He was the most formidable member of The Enforcers, a trio of toughs that included Fancy Dan, who was a snazzy dresser, and Montana who had all the powers and abilities of a cowboy.
And of course there’s a special sort of frisson seeing the little seen 60′s comic strip Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder by Joe Giella in a weird color scheme (that doesn’t seem so much a “choice” as “something went horribly wrong at the printer”) and rubbing shoulders with Marvel’s Daredevil.
The rest of the comic is original, the humor strips Bad Penny, Percy’s Pets, The Nervs, The Swots and the Blots, Ronnie Rich and Grimly Feendish, which I don’t care for as much, as well as a couple of odd adventure strips, the nicely oddball Brian’s Brain and thoroughly bland superhero Rubber Man. Though it should be noted Bad Penny, professional Uncle Fester impersonator Grimly Feendish and Brian’s Brain all made appearances in the Albion series.
— Steve Bennett