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Monday, March 10, 2014

COMIC BOOK COMPULSIVE — Masterman Comic #12

As you know I’m over fascinated with obscure UK superheroes from the 1950′s which I must confess is the only reason I’m posting
Masterman #12.  A half dozen issues of it were published by  United Anglo-American/Streamline between 1952 and 1953 and featured American schoolboy Bobby Fletcher who was given the magical Ring of Fate by an Egyptian Prince which when rubbed when turn him into the adult superhero Masterman. United Anglo-American did everything possible to convince British readers this was an imported American comic, from it’s contents, a hodgepodge of superheroes, science fiction and westerns, down to the blatantly counterfactual cover copy reading “All In Colour”.  But I’m guessing they didn’t fool anyone, not for very long anyway, and while I’m glad I finally got the opportunity to read an issue Masterman I can’t actually say I enjoyed this issue all that much.  Previous issues were pretty standard Captain Marvel swipes but clearly at some point young Bobby got access to a time machine and he started making regular jaunts to the far future where he was a “space sheriff” or somesuch.  No doubt an obvious and desperate attempt to jump on the 50′s SF bandwagon.
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In the 50′s American publisher Fox published two issues of Will Rogers Western  and at roughly the same time Streamline published two issues of Will Rogers Western Comic…

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…which is the only explanation I have for why this story appears as a backup here.

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One Response to “COMIC BOOK COMPULSIVE — Masterman Comic #12”

  1. xevo Says:

    I recall seeing covers of these reprinted in one of Denis Gifford’s books. They had blurbs like “British edition” to fool readers into thinking they were American reprints. There was a company called King-Gantaume (unsure of spelling) that could be Streamline under another name, or a different firm. They published a comic called “Electroman” whose cover featured its hero, looking more like Captain Marvel than Marvelman did, punching out a crook in front of a New York-ish skyline, with a Billy Batson lookalike cheering him on.

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