Thursday, 19 June 2014
SIMON & KIRBY FIGHTING AMERICAN COVER GALLERY (REMASTERED)...
FIGHTING AMERICAN - a CAPTAIN AMERICA copy
by SIMON & KIRBY - was another comic that didn't last too long
in its original run, and failed to make waves with a one-issue revival.
Published in 1954 by CRESTWOOD PUBLICATIONS under their
PRIZE COMICS imprint, this creator-owned mag lasted just seven
issues before disappearing until 1966, when HARVEY COMICS
released the afore-mentioned one-shot, containing reprints and
unpublished inventory material.
Originally envisioned as a serious adventure strip, it changed
direction in later issues and became a satirical superhero series,
but failed to set the comics-buying world aflame. It had a somewhat
macabre premise, in that the hero, NELSON FLAGG, has his life-
force and consciousness transferred (via U.S. Military experimental
technology) into the revitalized and strengthened corpse of his
recently murdered older brother, JOHNNY.
MARVEL COMICS released a hardback collection of the
stories in 1989, but it's from a 2011 TITAN BOOKS edition with
more accurate reproductions that most of these covers (with one ex-
ception) come. Also included is the cover for an unpublished Harvey
follow-up issue, which tends to suggest that a regular monthly or bi-
monthly title was being considered if the first one sold well.
(Which it obviously didn't.)
Well, what are you waiting for? Enjoy!
Posted by Kid at Thursday, June 19, 2014