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Signed full color bookplate with new work by Michael T. Gilbert, limited to 300! Our Highest Recommendation. Mr. Monster was one of the many heroes created during the Golden Age of Canadian comics. But Michael T. Gilbert updated this same Mr. Monster in the 1980s, and we’ve all seen what fun he had with the character. This new collection includes the two original 1940s Mr. Monster stories plus the earlier Doc Stearne stories and covers, all by creator Fred Kelly. Plus never-before seen art, an interview with Kelly, a new afterword by Gilbert and an original pin-up gallery from over two-dozen contemporary Canadian artists! Raid, 2021.

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Mr. Monster was one of the many heroes created during the Golden Age of Canadian comics. But Michael T. Gilbert updated this same Mr. Monster in the 1980s, and we’ve all seen what fun he had with the character. This new collection includes the two original 1940s Mr. Monster stories plus the earlier Doc Stearne stories and covers, all by creator Fred Kelly. Plus never-before seen art, an interview with Kelly, a new afterword by Gilbert and an original pin-up gallery from over two-dozen contemporary Canadian artists!

Mr. Monster originally began life as Doc Stearne, who debuted in Wow Comics #26 from Bell Features in 1945. He was a “Doc Savage” style adventurer who had been popular during the wartime era. Doc Stearne traveled the globe in search of lost civilizations while battling ancient monsters and wartime military threats. With Triumph Comics #31 in 1946 and Super-Duper Comics #3 in 1947, Doc Stearne transformed from a simple adventurer into Mr. Monster, a supernatural avenger. He was one of the very last original heroes to be created in the Canadian Golden Age.

His donning of a brightly colored costume was perhaps creator Fred Kelly’s attempt to make his character more relevant in a flourishing four color, superhero world. This new iteration only lasted one full-color installment before the series was cancelled due to the influx of post-war American superhero comics.

Decades later, in 1984, Michael T. Gilbert’s resurrection and interpretation of Mr. Monster enshrined the character’s relevance in a new era and sparked a kind of cult-fandom Kelly never could have anticipated.

Other notable characters from this era of Canadian comics include Nelvana of the Northern Lights, Johnny Canuck, Brok Windsor, and Canada Jack. Sit back and enjoy the bizarre adventures of this unique hero collected for the first time in one place.

Exclusive Signed Bookplate: Michael T. Gilbert did a special commission where he redid the cover of Super Duper from 1946, with his own version of Mr. Monster. It has never before been published. We’ve made this a full color bookplate, each one numbered from 300. See our bookplate scan.

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