Starting off my tribute to the work of Tim Sale, I’ll take a look at “Challengers Of The Unknown # 1”, his very first collaboration with Jeph Loeb, who would, later on, make a name for themselves on the “Legends Of The Dark Knight” Halloween specials and “Batman: The Long Halloween” (Which I’ll be looking at later on in the weeks to come)
Remember The Challengers Of The Unknown?!- Four men who survived a plane crash with such miraculous luck conclude that they live on “borrowed time” and come together as a team to face such outlandish adventures, thereby calling themselves The Challengers Of The Unknown!
This series kicks off with the four Challengers (Rocky Davis, Ace Morgan, Red Ryan, and Professor Haley), now middle-aged men, who have wealth, fame, and fortune not to mention a town named after them (It’s called “Challengerville”); But suddenly, a cosmic entity persuades Multi-Man to blow up Challengers Mountain, and all their popularity crashes down around them. I enjoy Sale’s artwork in this series as it takes the influence of Jack Kirby and then meshes it with the work of Norman Rockwell so that it blossoms into something distinctive yet enhances the action sequences within the series and I really like how The Challengers are presented here as four men who spent their lives exploring various paranormal occurrences made them such distinctive characters in the DC Universe; Loeb and Sale’s mission of breathing new life into these characters is well accomplished as well as set the stage for their timeless collaborations throughout the years that made them quite popular in the comics industry.
Well, that’s it for me. I’ll be back with another Tim Sale book to look at so thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.