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With the origin and first appearance of the Golden Age Daredevil and The Claw. As a life-time comics fan, I can hardly convey how pleased I am to see this wonderful material collected. Before Plastic Man, before Crime Does Not Pay, Jack Cole, Charles Biro, Bob Wood, Fred Guardineer and writer Otto Binder created some of the wildest stories of the Golden Age. The stories are wild, violent, featuring great villains and wonderful early art by these fine creators. With lots of backup features.
Not from DC, not from Marvel--publisher Lev Gleason was an upstart company that became the trend-setting, million-copy-selling publisher of Crime Does Not Pay. The heroes and villains here migrated into their long-running series Boy, where the Claw was a regular villain, like the Joker. And of course the Daredevil here next starred in the legendary Daredevil Battles Hitler, which became Daredevil Comics with issue #2. And it lasted from 1941 to 1956, whereas this original Silver Streak title, kind of like a Showcase-style title, was gone after #23. Silver Streak never caught on like DD and the Claw did.
Boy Comics also ran well into the 1950s, long after the majority of Golden Age superheroes were history.
And here is their start, including the Silver Streak, the origin and first stories starring Daredevil, and Dickie Dean, The Boy Inventor--all by Jack Cole! And here is the first appearance of The Claw, who became one of the best villains of the Golden Age, here fighting Daredevil and by--Jack Cole. Cole was 'lightening in a bottle" and pulled out all the stops here.
The issues collected here can hardly be found at all, and they can't be touched for less than several hundred dollars each in even nasty condition--thousands in nicer condition. Michael Gilbert introduces this superlative new collection with a highly detailed four-page intro, complete with more artwork, putting all this in perspective.
This is the first of two nice thick volumes, printed on exceptionally good paper that emulates the original comics.
From 1940-41 every story, gag strip, and text piece from the original four 68-page issues! Plus an excellent introduction examines both the heroes and the creators.
The always-entertaining Michael T. Gilbert (Mr. Monster) has a regular column in Alter Ego.
- Additional Information
Item Code SSHC01H Publisher Dark Horse Publish Date 2012 ISBN 9781595829290 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 7x10 # Pages 282pg Color Full Color
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