Sunday, 14 October 2012

THE MISSING LINK IN COMICS...



Now that I've cleverly piqued your interest with a cunningly
conceived title, I can deliver the knockout blow.  The MISSING
LINK began as an INCREDIBLE HULK-KING KONG knock-off
in "the comic with the mid-Atlantic accent"FANTASTIC #1, way
back in 1967.  Reputedly written by POWER COMICS editor ALF
WALLACE (but don't quote me), it featured the superlative art-
work of Spanish illustrator LUIS BERMEJO ROJO, usually
credited simply as Luis Bermejo.

Within the space of a few weeks, the strip took a completely
different direction, eventually being renamed JOHNNY FUTURE
with issue #16.  Fondly remembered by readers of the time as one of
the better-drawn adventure strips of the '60s, here, for your perusal,
is the first episode in case you weren't around at the time.  And if you
were, here it is again so that you can relive the happy memories of
your childhood days.  Brings a tear to your eye, doesn't it?

Now tell me - who wants to see the next episode?

For more information on The Missing Link
   and Johnny Future, click here.   




And, below, is the cover of the comic in which ol' Linky made his debut.

7 comments:

Norman Boyd said...

The link to more Link doesn't work Kid. Try the following instead, although unfortunately Steve never got to reprint the stories, it's an interesting article

Kid said...

It's working now, Norman, if you'd like to give it a try. I'll give the Down The Tubes article another read as well. Thanks.

Norman Boyd said...

Certainly is working now Kid and to such an interesting blog!

Kid said...

I suppose you could say that link was a missing one to begin with, eh? Thanks, Norman.

Comicsfan said...

One good "knock-off" deserves another--I wonder if anyone from Marvel remembered this story and was inspired to create their own "Missing Link" as a Hulk foe a year later?

Kid said...

An interesting thought. Actually, I wonder if the Link started as a Hulk strip and was then renamed. Where'd he get his trousers from? I have an interesting explanation that would make for a great story. One day, perhaps.

Anonymous said...

In the meantime, feel free to post more Link!




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