Wednesday, 4 March 2015
DO YOU BELIEVE IN LEGENDS?
From the SMASH! Annual for 1970, comes The LEGEND
TESTERS! DANNY CHARTERS and ROLLO STONES embark
on yet another mission to test whether a legend from the past is true or
not. It's a fascinating concept and I'm surprised that the strip wasn't con-
tinued for many years afterwards as it seems a rich vein to mine for action
and adventure. I think IPC/FLEETWAY slipped up in not having Danny
and Rollo in the revamped Smash!, or reviving them for VALIANT, or
STARLORD, or even 2000 A.D. They would've been a perfect fit
for either of the latter two, being, as they were, sci-fi comics.
In the U.S., at around the same time that the duo first appeared in
ODHAMS' weekly Smash! comic (1966), was a TV programme called
The TIME TUNNEL, although I'm unsure as to exactly when it was
first shown on British television. It's interesting to speculate whether
the Smash! strip was 'inspired' by the IRWIN ALLEN TV series,
or was simply a twist on the BBC's DOCTOR WHO.
Will The Legend Testers ever live again in new adventures?
Only time will tell, but for the moment, enjoy this look back at
one of their exciting expeditions from over 45 years ago.
Posted by Kid at Wednesday, March 04, 2015