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Friday, 27 November 2015
THE ADVENTURES OF BOB HOPE #104...
As far as I recall (which is usually pretty far), this is the only BOB HOPE comic I've ever read. It's certainly the only one I've ever owned, acquired sometime back in, I think, 1982. Bob himself doesn't turn up in the tale until page 12, and seems to be merely a supporting player throughout the yarn, rather than the 'star of the show'. Illustrated by BOB OKSNER and most likely written by ARNOLD DRAKE, the story features four 'fearsome' creatures - The FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER, DRACULA, The WOLF MAN, and The MUMMY (in likeness at least, if not exactly in name).
Surprisingly, the title lasted for 109 issues over the course of 18 years, with NEAL ADAMS taking over the art chores for the final four issues. The comic has its own charm I suppose, with some pleasing art, but to be entirely honest, I found the ads more interesting than the strip. I've included a couple so that you can make up your own minds. What kids wouldn't have loved to own a full-sized GEMINI Spacecraft, eh?
Why I didn't take this comic with me for Bob to autograph when I first met him in 1984 (and again in '94) I'll never know. That said, I've got his signature about 7 or 8 times, so I don't suppose there's any need to be greedy.
Posted by Kid at Friday, November 27, 2015