Coming next: The complete version of Charlton's fabled post-nuclear holocaust tale "Children of Doom" by Dennis O'Neil (as Sergius O'Shaugnessy) and Pat Boyette...for free online.
Pioneering comics critic Dwight R. Decker quotes Gary Brown in The Comics Journal number 44, January 1978, "The Best and Worst of Comics" issue:
In Gary's words, "This has to go down in the annals of comic book history as one of the most daring and successful experiments ever. Under the editorship of Dick Giordano, Charlton had been making strides in the superhero field with unknown and young talent. The key was trying to fit into the DC and Marvel world, yet try something different whenever possible. Charlton Premiere was started as a 'showcase' title and one of the first issues was this futuristic tale of war, atomic waste, and horror. Magnificently told by Denny O'Neil and stunningly illustrated by Pat Boyette, this is one comic I'll never tire of reading." I might add that in a color comic, the black and white illustrations had an uncommonly powerful effect."
Fredric Wertham - Anti-Comics Crusader Who Turned Advocate - Dwight Decker's fascinating account of his encounters with Dr. Fredric Wertham, notorious author of the witch-hunting classic "Seduction of the Innocent," and his journey from scourge of the comic book industry to author of the pro-comic fandom and pro-fanzine study "The World of Fanzines: A Special Form of Communication."
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- And fat chance even most art professors in our universities, or gallery artists delighting the wine and cheese crowd, can compare to the superhuman feats of draftsmanship performed by that anatomical whiz and dynamic figure drawing maven Burne Hogarth, co-founder of the School of Visual Arts in New York City. And to surpass the supple sensuality and God-given explosive frenetic virtuosity of Frank Frazetta, the greatest comic renderer and commercial fantasy artist who ever lived? Fuggedaboutit.
So in sum: Holy shit was I lucky to have realized at an early age that this medium consists of more than moronic superhero and toy-based action stories or mediocre Sunday newspaper strips. This blog is designed to share some of that lucky exposure, and re-ignite in my readership an awareness of the incredible range of this indigenous American artform...from Cliff Sterrett's kinetically abstract Polly and Her Pals at the turn of the century, to the urbane, snarky and snide characters populating truly subtle character studies like Ghost World by Daniel Clowes.