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DetailsOne of the best-drawn Canadian comic features ever, collected in its entirety from 1944-46. Innovative and superbly drawn, with sci-fi elements and a sexy good-girl companion. Plus a lost story by Stables, newly drawn by Scott Changler. And: 25 contemporary artists contribute pin-up pages, including John K. Snyder III, Ronn Sutton, Yanick Paquette, and Leonard Kirk.
This is the first-ever reprint of the wild adventures of Brok Windsor. A doctor and lone adventurer, he finds a lost island and the giant (12 foot high) Indian, Torgon, who becomes his companion. And Brok finds the waters of a magic spring, which offers super-strength and magical healing powers--and makes him a giant, too.
By the fifth episode Brok gains another companion, the lovely Starra, descendant of the Ghost Woman. Inspired by Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon, but with all adventures taking place in the great North Woods, the trio encournter giant rats, horned lions, alien invaders and far more in nearly 200 pages. Plus an original script, comic ads for the strip, and a look at artist Jon Stables by Peter Hansen.
Brok even journeys to Egypt to get into supernatural trouble, with hints at outer space adventures. "Brok Windsor had a high and shining arc in the splendid and glittering constellation of Canadian wartime comics heroes..." from the introduction by Canadian comics expert, Ivan Kocmarek.
The adventures of Brok Windsor were published by Maple Leaf Publishing in the pages of Better Comics. For more on Canadian comics and this amazing Golden Age of creativity from 1941-46.
- Additional Information
Item Code BROKH Publisher Bedside Publish Date 2015 ISBN 9780993997006 Print Status Out of Print Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 7x9 # Pages 260pg Color Partial Color
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- Retro Fun!
My favorite expert on Canadian comics, Ivan Kocmarek, has just written an excellent review of the newly published Brok Windsor. This is the second collection of Golden Age original Canadian comics, both done as highly successful Kickstarter projects. The first was Nelvana of the Northern Lights.
We’re in agreement that we wish the publisher had picked a different cover, but that’s a small quibble with the overall fact that this is an extra-special effort, with lots of bonus material and an excellent price. Nelvana was a good first publishing effort, but Brok is flat-out superior: from the better art (Stables was one of the best artists of this era), to a brand-new Brok story (from an original manuscript).
Here's my own take on this title. Brok is a unique feature in many ways. First, the publisher of Better Comics, where he appeared, is generally considered the best of the big four Canadian outfits doing original comics. And today their comics are also the scarcest.
Second, the story is actually a serial that moves with little pause from one peril to another, issue after issue. Brok starts out on a solo canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness, encounters a strange fog, and finds himself on an uncharted but huge series of islands...a lost civilization, it turns out.
Inhabitants are giant sized, up to 12 feet tall, and thanks to special waters Brok also grows larger and stronger...but this change also threatens his life unless he can reverse it. He joins forces with a chieftain's son, an extremely capable warrior himself. Brok is soon wrapped up in both trying to save himself, and help the tribesmen defend themselves against rebel forces. These are not ordinary native tribes, however. They have an advanced civilization, complete with flying "zipcars," deathly ray guns, underground subway systems, and other sci-fi elements. And strange, mutated monsters of every variety. And eventually, a lovely girl to join the two intrepid adventurers.
The story is VERY atypical of the time. You just never know what new twist it will take. These are not the short, simple tales we are used to from American Golden Age books, This is a major extended adventure serial, not unlike Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon, but taking place here on earth (in the vast Canadian interior) rather than on Mars! It's fun!