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Men of Mystery #103
Synopsis: The SUPERHEROES of FICTION HOUSE COMICS!! Adventures starring never-before-reprinted costumed characters SUPER AMERICAN, POWER MAN, CAPTAIN FIGHT, and the LIGHTNING, plus PHANTOM FALCON, RED COMET, FANTOMAH, WHITE PANTHER, RANGERS of FREEDOM, TABU and others. Artists include Lou Fine, Artie Saaf, Nick Cardy, John Celardo, Dan Zolnerowich and more greats!!
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Thurman T. Scott’s Fiction House comics line of the Golden Age is well-remembered for a number things. Perhaps first and foremost is it’s adoption of the “good girl” art genre across the whole line, using glamorous, pin-up type women to adorn almost all of it’s covers and featuring a number of strong female lead characters utilizing the same visual approach among their interior stories. Also, the companies’ Planet Comics was THE first successful all-science-fiction themed comic book, running from 1940-1953. Then, there was the popularity of their jungle themes and characters, like Jungle Comics, Sheena, Camilla, Ka’annga, Tiger girl, etc. But fairly early on in the companies’ history, they, too took a run at the costumed superheroes. In 1940-41, everyone else was jumping on the bandwagon, so who could blame them. The concept never became a dominent part of Fiction House, but that may have been more a factor of the niche-success of the aforementioned genres, not that their was anything wrong with the FC super-types. And why should their be, since most all of them were produced out of the famed Eisner/Iger shop, which had great success churning out costumed characters for Quality Comics and Fox Features at roughly the same time. Hardly anyone remembers or talks about THESE heroes, but that may be simply because so few collectors and comics historians have SEEN them. Since the late 1980’s when original FC publisher T. T. Scott gave AC Comics exclusive permission to reprint the Fiction House comic book line, we’ve been waiting to finally present THIS side of the FC story, and here it is!! Headlining this great historical tome is a quartet of masked and super-powered defenders NEVER previously seen in print since their original run in the 1940’s- the SUPER AMERICAN- a star-spangled defender transported to 1940 from the far-flung future, beautifully illustrated by cover artist Dan Zolnerowich; Rip Reagan-POWER MAN, FC’s entry in the Superman/Captain Marvel category; the high-voltage hero The LIGHTNING, as rendered by future Tarzan artist John Celardo, as well as CAPTAIN FIGHT, drawn by future Supergirl illustrator Artie Saaf. But that is only the beginning, as this issue also includes never-before-reprinted stories starring the PHANTON FALCON, TABU, RED COMET, FANTOMAH, RANGERS of FREEDOM, WHITE PANTHER and many more. Artists on these various strips include Lou Fine, Rafael Astarita, Nick Cardy, Alex Blum, Arthur Peddy, Don Rico, Maurice Whitman, Enrico Bagnoli and others. You can’t be any sort of an expert on Golden Age comics unless you are familiar with the Fiction House superheroes. Be sure to get this book and learn the story. Coming from AC Comics in January, 2017. 140 pages in black and white with full-color pages. Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched, $29.95. Order it at your local comic retailer’s through the November 2016 issue of Diamond Previews.
Writers: Ruth Roche, Toni Blum, Bob Powell, Jack Oleck and others uncredited.
Artists: Lou Fine, Dan Zolnerowich, John Celardo, Nick Cardy, Artie Saaf, Rafael Astarita, Alex Blum, Arthur Peddy, George Appell, Don Rico, Maurice Whitman and others.
Cover Artist: Dan Zolnerowich
UPC Code: 64924192603010311
Retail Price: $29.95
Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched
Dimensions: 10.25″ X 6.50″
Page Count: 140 pages
Color: Black and White (with color covers)
Intended Audience: All ages
Genre: Action/adventure/superhero/history- Golden Age reprints of 1940’s comic book stories
Country of Origin: USA
Ship Date: January 28, 2017