Suspended Animation Suspended Animation
by Michael Vance & Jon Suter

August 21, 1998

Reviews in this issue:

Kilroy
Droopy #1
Indiana Jones and the Sargasso Pirates
Comics Legend C. C. Beck


Kilroy

Kilroy is here...

and here...

and here.

Kilroy is supernatural avenging wrong, with the ability to be three here's. It's no surprise, therefore, that Kilroy's in three comic books simultaneously, all written by Joe Pruett.

Kilroy Revelations #1 ($2.95, 22 pgs.; art:Guy Burwell) is the pick of the litter because of its exceptional art.

Inside, Kilroy explores the sordid world of drugs and violence and (finally!) a sympathetic priest and his church, an attitude too rare in comic books.

This title is your best entry into this trio of magazines.

Kilroy #1 ($2.95, 48 pgs) is a collection of previously published short morality tales. Although featuring some of the best art of the three titles, they are too short, lack the depth needed for complex subjects, and preaches tolerance for underdeveloped characters to an already well-schooled choir.

In Kilroy Is Here #1 ($2.95, 23 pgs.; art: Ken Meyer, Jr.) readers begin to unravel the mystery of Kilroy, obscure or mysterious in his other appearances. You'll learn he can heal as well as avenge as a child molester meets his fate.

Its art is above mundane, but rushed, in this ongoing series.

Although the quality varies with each artist, Kilroy is recommended for thoughtful readers.

All titles ware published by Caliber Comics, and available by mail or through comics shops.


Droopy #1

MINIVIEW: Droopy #1 [Dark Horse Comics).

Hello, folks.

Tex Avery's oddball, cartoon dog with the dry wit, dull personality and wild outbreaks of BIG violence is back with delightful vengeance! Best emulated in the movie, The Mask, Avery was a master of exaggeration, comedic timing and high energy imagination, and its all here.

Bravo!!


Indiana Jones and the Sargasso Pirates

MINIVIEW, TOO: You're invited to an almost perfect marriage of words and art. The best man is adventure in Indiana Jones and the Sargasso Pirates as Indiana finds a Viking ax that leads to a morass on the high seas!

Highest recommendation.


Comics Legend C. C. Beck

For C. C. Beck, "less is more" was the core belief of his artistic philosophy. In the early history of comic books, his Captain Marvel was briefly the most popular character in comics, even outselling Superman.

C.C. Beck's style was comparable to animation art. He believed that telling an entertaining story clearly was the principal task of comics. That belief lead to the only successful title ever published bimonthly for a time in America, Captain Marvel Adventures.

Beck accomplished this by crafting visually exciting, larger-than-life characters that were accessible to his audience. It is rare, even today, to find someone unacquainted with "Shazam!", the magic word that turned young Billy Batson into "The Big Red Cheese". Captain Marvel. The lightning bolt on his big red chest remains equally recognizable.

Born in 1910, Charles Beck drew cartoons for Fawcett magazines from 1932 to 1939 before becoming the principal force behind Captain Marvel. With artist Pete Costanza, Beck co-directed a company that supplied the bulk of Captain Marvel material for Fawcett publications. He also created the advertising icon, "Captain Tootsie for chocolate Tootsie-Rolls.

His career centered on this character although he also worked on Spy Smasher and Ibis (Fawcett), and Fatman ('65, Milson). The titles that may include his work include: All Hero, All New Collector's Edition, America's Greatest, Fawcett Min., Legends, Limited Collector's Edition, Marvel Family, Master #21, Mighty Midget Comics, Special Edition Comics, Whiz, Wisco and Xmas Comics, and several "give-a-way" premiums (1939-'53 Fawcett; 1973-78 & '87 National as Shazam). Beck wrote, edited and drew. Because many Fawcett creators went uncredited, a comic book price guide is essential in pinpointing which issues contain Beck's work.

The '87 Captain Marvel title published by Marvel Comics has no connection with Beck's character.

The work of C.C. Beck is highly recommended.

Some older titles are expensive and difficult to locate. Price guides or comics dealers help. Comics shops, conventions, mail order companies and trade journals are best sources. Prices vary; shop around for the best values. MV


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