Wednesday, July 19, 2017

THE DUCTILE DETECTIVE by Dave Goode

One of the things I loved about the Silver Age of Comics was the double-feature comic book. One of my favorites was Detective Comics when it featured Batman and the Elongated Man.Ralph Dibny made his comic book debut in Flash No.112 (May 1960) where we learn the Elongated Man's origin.

When he was 9 , Dibny visited the circus with his family and became fascinated with the Indian rubber man. Because the sideshow performer will not reveal the secret of his elasticity , Dibny spends years visiting every rubber man he can trying to learn their secret. He does notice that they all drink Gingold , a brand of soda water derived from a tropical rubber plant. Dibny distills and drinks the essence of the plant. Because of an X factor in his type O blood the Gingold gives him the ability to stretch his body to any length he desires.Creating a costume of a specially treated material he first becomes a performer and then a super-hero of sorts as the Elongated Man.
Dibny would appear in several issues of the Flash , partnering with the "fastest man alive" for several far-out adventures. In Flash No.119 (March 1961) he would marry socialite Sue Dearbon ,becoming one of comic books first married superheroes. He would also reveal his secret identity to the world.

The story goes editor Julius Schwartz didn't know that DC had acquired the rights
to Plastic Man and had John Broome (writer) and Carmine Infantino (artist) create the "ductile detective". Aside from his ability to stretch I never saw much of Plas in the Elongated Man. And his stories in the Flash were vanilla. But that would change when he was given his own feature beginning in Detective Comics No.327(May 1964). Dibny became more of a wisecracking hero. And he was shown to be a bit of a exhibitionist as well. Then again he had worked in show business.
 

It was after watching the classic movie mystery THE THIN MAN(1934) as a teen that I caught the "Nick and Nora" vibe that the Elongated Man writers were working for. And the character became one of my favorite second-banana heroes. Ideal to serve as Batman's back-up in Detective Comics.

This may be a stretch, but did you know that some of the best costumed crime didn't need superpowers? No, 
they used judo. Just like the heroes in JUDO COMICS by
Dave Goode and illustrated by Vance Capley. Do you have a copy yet? Click this link:
Link...get it?

Don't forget to listen to this weeks special episode of Sundown Cinema. We discuss scary films with Dave Goode, Vance Capley, Ricky Blalock, and David Walker:

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

THE REAL KARATE KID by Dave Goode

Back in 1984 when I 1st heard there was going to be a Karate Kid movie I wondered how the other
members of the Legion of Super-Heroes of the 30th Century were going to fit in it. Of course I was to
find out the movie had nothing to do with the Silver Age hero.


Karate Kid would appear in Adventure Comics No.346 (July 1966) in a story that also introduced Ferro
Lad , Nemesis Kid and Princess Projectra. Created by teenage writer Jim Shooter Karate Kid was an
expert at all forms of hand- to -hand combat known in the 30th century. Now add into the equation that
as a member of the LoSH he was a teenager.
So he mastered all these forms of combat before he was
20. Batman having mastered 127 martial arts doesn't seem so implausible compared to this.
He was also the master of "super karate". Which was more or less super tameshiwari. So like Magnus,
Robot Fighter at Gold Key ,Karate Kid was able to smash steel with shuto blows. Only he never called
it smashing or breaking.
He almost always said he was going to "karate" something. This really wasn't
that strange. Karate was still relatively new to Americans in the 60s. And in other comics of the period
when someone was drawn using a "karate chop" it was usually accompanied by a thought balloon in
which they were saying they were using karate. Otherwise it looked like they were simply slapping
someone.
By the end of the Silver Age Karate Kid's techniques looked more realistic and diverse.
As if someone
on the creative staff started buying Black Belt magazine. During the Bronze Age Karate Kid got a name
(Val Armorr) ,a new costume (I'm sure I wasn't the only one who hated the original) and an origin. He
would also get his own series in 1976 that ran for 15 issues. Not DC's greatest marketing move.Giving
their ready-made martial arts hero his own series at the tail-end of the martial arts movie fad. Duh.
Oh yeah.That 1984 Karate Kid movie that had nothing to do with the comic book hero? Well in the end
credits there's a shout out to DC Comics for their letting them use the name Karate Kid.

Speaking of karate, Goode Guy Comics, publisher of JUDO COMICS, presents our latest creation....
EL TIGRE

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Science Fiction Double-Feature by Dave Goode





When I was a kid back in the 60s I was introduced to a number of cool movies through New York's MILLION DOLLAR MOVIE on WOR Channel 9.Two of those flicks were WORLD WITHOUT END(1956) and QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE(1958).







 

WORLD WITHOUT END was directed by Edward Bernds who directed a number of Three Stooges shorts and Bowery Boys movies.The screenplay,also by Bernds,had just about all the pulp sci-fi cliches an 8 year old fan-boy could want.Four astronauts returning from a mission to Venus when their ship begins traveling at unheard of velocities.They crash land on what they first think is Mars.But is what they find out to be the post-apocalyptic Earth of 2508.There they encounter a dog-sized cave spider,mutant cavemen and an underground civilization populated by men who look like the "before" in before and after ads and women who could have walked out of a Vegas chorus-line.The men from the past help to trigger the rebirth of the human race.








I imagined an adaptation of this movie drawn by Al Williamson or Frank Frazetta.Or many the pair working together.















QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE(1958) was also directed by Edward Bernds.With a screenplay by Charles Beumont from a story by Ben Hecht this was more great pulp sci-fi brought to life on the big screen.





Four more space explorers from Earth crash land on Venus.Our heroes are taken prisoner by the Vesuvians who just happen to be stunningly beautiful women.They have imprisoned the men and taken over the planet under the rule of the domineering masked Queen Yllana.Yllana has a plan to destroy the Earth.But our heroes save the day with the help of some dissenting Vesuvians led by the beautiful scientist Talleah played by Zsa Zsa Gabor.









It's funny.I know there was never a comic book adaptation of this flick.But in my mind's eye I see one adapted by Wally Wood. 










Visiting an alternate comic book history can be fun! But NONE are more fantastic than the atomic and silver age style stories written and created by Dave Goode and illustrated by Vance Capley! Do YOU have YOUR copy of JUDO COMICS? No? Then order yours TODAY!! Just click the "Link" below!


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