Sunday, June 16, 2019

Mysterious Old-Time Listening Society

The podcast The Mysterious Old-Time Listening Society was kind enough to use a suggestion from me for one episode and also to plug my books.

Here it is.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

My books on sale

My publsher, McFarland, is having a 40th Anniversary sale. If you use the code ANN2019 before the end of the month, you can get 25% off anything you order directly from them.

Here's direct links to my books:

Storytelling in the Pulps, Comics and Radio

Radio by the Book

Friday, June 14, 2019

Friday's Favorite OTR

The Black Museum: "The Straight Razor" 1944

The straight razor displayed in Scotland Yard's Black Museum isn't a murder weapon, but was a clue towards catching a murderer.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

A Man Named Yuma

It's always fun to encounter a pretty standard plot that is elevated above the average by vivid prose and exciting action. A Man Named Yuma (1974), by T.V. Olsen) is one such novel.

In this one, a half-Apache has to deal with distrust and bigotry while escorting survivors from a wrecked stagecoach across a searing hot desert, pursued  along the way by Apaches on the war path.

Much of the novel is a Last Stand situation, with Yuma and his charges forted up at a water hole while the Apaches surround them, pinning them down with occasional sniper fire and launching full-on attacks. This is bad enough, but what makes matters worse is that the leader of the Apache band is Yuma's half-brother and very much wants to reduce the number of siblings he has by one. He's been wanting to kill Yuma all his life and now it looks like he has a chance.

Yuma knows this and considers striking out on his own. But its too late for that. His half-brother would kill the whites anyway (he's lost too many men to them to do otherwise) and the whites couldn't possibly get through the desert without his help anyways. He has to stay to help them, even though this also makes them more of a target.

That one of those in the water hole with them is a vicious outlaw who might just be as dangerous as the Apaches is yet another problem Yuma must deal with.

The Last Stand scenario--the trek through the desert--the Apache uprising--the diverse personalities forced to work together--all these are well-used tropes in Westerns. Variations of these plot elements  have been done countless times, but good writing all the difference. Olsen's prose puts us right there in the searing desert with the main characters, giving us a real sense of the hardship, danger and tension they are all enduring. Olsen's characters are realistic and well-drawn. All this makes A Man Named Yuma a fun and memorable read.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Iron Man and the Champions

cover art by Al Milgrom
Iron Man Annual #4 (August 1977) does just what an annual or giant-sized comic should do. It tells an entertaining adventure story featuring characters we enjoy, but one that stands alone, not concerning itself with whatever ongoing stories might be taking place in the pages of those characters regular series.

Writer Bill Mantlo and artist George Tuska start off the story with a bang. Iron Man, who has just learned that villain MODOK is still alive, is smashing into an AIM base in search of the big-headed bad guy.

I don't think I read this one when it first came out and I'm pretty sure I'd remember it if I did. The cover, drawn by Al Milgrom, is great. MODOK's visual design is unusual and effective--he should be silly-looking, but in the hands of a good artist, he is always creepy looking. So featuring him on this effectively composed and action-packed cover would have been a selling point back in the day when paper-route money would have been enough to make it a viable impulse buy. The slam-bang opening would have added to book's appeal had I thumbed through the first few pages.

Iron Man trashes some robots and other booby traps, then realizes that MODOK is already gone, taking along a power source that is undoubtedly meant to power a super-weapon.

This is all taking place on the West Coast, so Iron Man decides to seek out some West Coast help to track down MODOK. Since this is before the West Coast Avengers, then the Champions become Iron Man's go-to hero team.

But this plan gets off to a bad start when Tony sees Ghost Rider and automatically attacks the scary-looking guy.

This leads to a brief tussle between Iron Man and the Champions before Black Widow orders everyone to shut up and platy nice. I think this largely entertaining issue is open to some criticism here. The cause of the fight between Iron Man and the Champions is pretty contrived and seems to be there simply because is obligatory for heroes to briefly fight each other before teaming up against the villain.

But Iron Man and the Champions do calm down and start playing nice. Iron Man explains the situation and briefs them on SHIELD intel about three different AIM hideouts in the area. Iron Man fights a mook who has been turned into a powerful robot, but he realizes all these battles are just a decoy.

Figuring that MODOK and the super weapon are at one of these spots, they divide into teams. Three Champions apiece check out two of the sites, while Iron Man investigates the third.

It's here that my other criticism of the story comes into play. It would have been nice to have Iron Man directly interacting with the Champions during a battle. For most of this story, he and the super-team are battling bad guys separately. Gee whiz, this is a team-up story. Let 'em team-up!

Anyway, it looks as if Black Widow, Hercules and Angel are about to get beaten by AIM agents, while Iceman, Dark Star and Ghost Rider are about to be eaten by sea monsters.

He rounds up the Champions, who had regained the upper hand in their own battles, and brings them back to the secret base he had raided at the beginning of the story. Iron Man has figured out MODOK's double-bluff in pretending to abandon his original H.Q., only to later return to it.

But MODOK has finished building his new power source into his chair, which greatly enhances his mental powers and allows him to essentially drop a mountain on top of the good guys. Hercules, though, manages to hold the mountain up long enough for Iron Man to Macgyver some of MODOK's equipment and boost his own power enough to blast everyone free.

MODOK's chair is damaged in this blast. Iron Man does try to save him, but the villain crashes to an apparent death despite this.

I've pointed out a few minor flaws--the contrived but thankfully brief fight between Iron Man and the Champions and the relative lack of interaction between the Avenger and the West Coast team. But overall, this is an exciting and well-constructed adventure tale. I enjoyed the Marvel superhero comics from this decade and appreciated extended story arcs, but I also enjoyed those annuals that effectively told a self-contained story that could be enjoyed entirely on its own. Comic Book Universes are big places. There's room for both long and short tales with their borders.

Next week, we ride one last time with the Pony Express.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Cover Cavalcade

Jim Steranko gave us some awesome covers for the 1970s Pyramid reprints of the Shadow novels. This one is from 1976.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Where's Melvin?

A mistaken click erased my banner illustration. I have a copy stored on my work computer, so the illustration will be back up on Monday.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Friday's Favorite OTR

Challenge of the Yukon: "Klondike Queen" 3/16/49

A scheme to cheat a father and son out of a gold mine involves luring the son to an Indian burial ground to get him killed by the Indians. Sgt. Preston comes up with a counter-plan to out-con the con artists.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Spock Plays Chess with Paladin

cover art by Boris Vallejo
Recently, I was in the mood to read a Star Trek novel. I know from experience that this is a very hit-or-miss proposition. There have been so many ST novels published over the last few years that it's quite impossible to grab one at random and take it for granted that it will be good. There have been a number of bad novels, or at least novels that I didn't care for on a personal level.

So I posted  on a ST Facebook group and asked for fellow fans to reply with recommendations, along with the reason why they liked a particular novel. As soon as someone mentioned the plot of 1985's Ishmael, written by Barbara Hambly, I knew I had to read that one.

Spock has sneaked aboard a Klingon ship to investigate suspicions of some sort of anti-Federation shenanigans. He's captured, put through a Mind-Sifter (see the original series episode "Errand of Mercy") and left with almost total amnesia. Despite this, he manages to escape. But the Klingon ship has, in the meantime, has gone through a time warp and is orbiting Earth in the year 1867. Their mission is to kill a particular human, which will start a domino-effect that will leave the Earth open to alien conquest before the Federation is formed.

Spock ends up on Earth working as an accountant for a guy who owns a sawmill near Seattle. The guy's name is Aaron Stempel--and this is where the book really gets fun.

Stemple is one of the main characters from a Western titled Here Comes the Brides that ran on ABC from 1968 to 1970, overlapping with Star Trek. Mark Lenard played the role of Aaron Stempel on that series. Lenard, as all good geeks know, also played Spock's father Sarak in both the original ST series, several Next Generation episodes and several of the movies. He also played a Romulan commander in the original series episode "Balance of Terror" and a Klingon in the first ST movie. To add to his geek cred, he was the gorilla military commander Urko in the 1974 live action TV series version of Planet of the Apes.

So Here Comes the Brides lets him play a human. In this series, he is a sawmill owner who wants to gain ownership of a lumber-rich mountain. The three brothers who own the mountain have recently imported thirty women (a rare commodity at the time) as potential wives for the local men. Stempel bets the brothers that they cannot find husbands for all the women in a set period of time. He gets the mountain if they fail.

I haven't seen the series, but my understanding is that Stempel is the antagonist early on, but by the show's second season had mellowed out and become at least a slightly nicer person. According to the novel Ishmael, this is in large part because of Spock's influence on his life. Ishmael, by the way, is the name Spock uses when pretended to be Stempel's nephew (hiding his ears behind a long haircut) while desperately trying to remember his own past. He knows he's an alien, but he doesn't know he's displaced in time or what his purpose is. He doesn't know that two Klingon assassins are trying to track down Stempel with the intent of killing him.

Meanwhile, back in the 23rd Century, Spock is presumed dead. But he was able to leave clues behind that allow Kirk and Company to do some detective work and gradually figure out what the Klingons are up to.

The novel's plot (though probably not fitting cleanly into regular ST canon) is very well-constructed, with a reasonable explanation for why Stempel is a key to history gradually explained to us. It is Spock's interaction with the various Here Comes the Brides characters that really gives the novel its sense of fun, though. Without his memory, Spock allows himself to become emotionally attached to his new friends (while still remaining something of a "cold fish" in their eyes--he's never completely out of character). As I mentioned, I've never watched Brides, but the author does a good job of explaining the backstory and catching me up. She is obviously a fan who gives life and likability to all the characters, while using Spock's growing friendship with Stempel to realistically influence the sawmill owner into eventually making more ethically-sound decisions.

Hambly has a ball with the novel in other ways. There are references to Poul Anderson's Hokas and unnamed cameos by characters from Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, Bonanza, and Maverick, as well as a few I probably missed. Spock also gets to play chess (and win) against Paladin, the protagonist from Have Gun, Will Travel. It's all great fun--a plot that sounds like it should be fan fiction, but written with the skill of a professional novelist.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Tales of the Pony Express, Part 3

After resting for a tad over a year, Pony Express rider Craig Garrett appeared in one more issue of Dell's Four Color FC #942 (October 1958) recounted two more of Craig's adventures before he faded into Pop Culture Limbo.

This time around, we know who wrote the issue: Eric Freiwald and Robert Schaefer were writing partners at Western Publishing (which created the comics distributed by Dell) throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Most of their scripts were Westerns (at least the ones we know for sure they wrote) and most of those were TV show adaptations such as Gunsmoke and Wagon Train. But here they prove they were equally adept at crafting adventures for original characters as well. It's very possible--perhaps probably--that they had created the character of Craig Garrett in Four Color #829. If not, they certainly formed a solid grasp of the character when writing for him in this later issue.

Nicholas Firfires drew, inked and lettered this issue. He does an excellent job, but I do have a quibble. In FC #829, Dan Spiegle drew Craig with a sligthly over-sized nose and a vaguely "I ain't that good-lookin'" face. Firfires, though, gives us a more conventionally handsome Craig. That's really my only quibble with Firfires art. The less tradional look to Craig in the first issue made him more unique.

Well, whether handsome or butt-ugly, Craig manages to have some pretty exciting adventures. "War Paint," the first story in FC #942, opens with him being chased by Indians, depending on his superior Pony Express horse to keep him ahead of his pursuers.

The Indians would love to have one of those horses. So far, all they've done is give chase to passing Express riders. But tensions are high and a more serious incident might bring on a war.

Sadly, that incident happens when Craig is sent to an Express station named Thirty-Mile. Gold has been delivered there and Craig is supposed to meet a horse dealer at the station, using the gold to buy good animals for the Express.

But word about the gold has leaked out and something happens before Craitg even reaches Thirty-Mile. Three white men, using flaming arrows and keeping out of sight, attack the station. They leave one man dead and another unconscious before grabbing the gold and making a getaway.

I like the way this fight is laid out. First, we get several panels that make it clear the stable is a seperate building from the Express office, which helps with a plot point a little bit later. Also, a shifting "camera" from panel to panel and layouts that allow us to logically follow the action generate both tension and excitement.

When Craig arrives, he realizes that Indians would have taken the much-envied Pony Express horses rather than the gold. He correctly deduces that the culprits must be white men who are framing the Indians to allow themselves to make a clean getaway with the gold.

With that idea in mind, Craig eventually traces the three outlaws to an Indian village. But one of the outlaws is a good friend of the chief, who at first refuses to believe he's being betrayed.

The otherwise well-constructed story hits a bit of a snag here. In a scene that can't help but seem contrived, the chief walks in on his "friends" just as they are musing aloud to each other about how thoroughly they've fooled the whole tribe.

Since the jig is now up, the outlaws slug the chief and make a run for it.

But Craig had brought a couple of extra Pony Express horses along as gifts for the Indians, so he and his friends have no trouble running down the bad guys.

The gold is recovered and war with the Indians is averted. But we have one more Craig Garrett adventure to look at as he deals with yet another gang of outlaws. We'll return to the Wild West for that in a couple of weeks.

Next week, though, we'll visit with Iron Man while he visits with the Champions.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Cover Cavalcade

A Dick Sprang cover from 1946. I believe this story gave us the second appearance of Professor Carter Nichols, who used a poorly-explained "time travel hypnosis" technique to send the Dynamic Duo back in time. But, though the method of time travel was poorly defined, the stories (and the covers) were always fun.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Friday's Favorite OTR

You Are There: "The Capture of John Wilkes Booth" 6/5/49

The Civil War on Old-Time Radio (Parts 14 of 17)

Booth did not long escape the consequences of his actions. Union troops ran him to ground on April 26, 1865.

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This is the 14th of 17 episodes from various series that will take us through the Civil War and its immediate post-war legacy. I'll be posting another Civil War episode every three or four weeks.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Mirror Universe Perry Mason!

I have had occasion in the past to post information and reviews about both Erle Stanley Gardner's excellent Perry Mason novels AND about his excellent non-Perry Mason stories. Gee whiz, this guy was a prolific and superb storyteller. Mason deserves his success and his status as an iconic character, but it's too bad that many of his other characters have faded into Popular Culture Limbo. The Gardner Universe is a diverse and endlessly entertaining place.

District Attorney Doug Selby appeared in nine novels (most of them first serialized in magazines before being published as novels) between 1937 and 1949.  I've never gotten around to reading any of the Selby novels--Gardner was SO prolific it sometimes seems impossible to get caught up with all of his characters.

So The D.A. Takes a Chance, first serialized in the Saturday Evening Post in 1948, is the first I've read, chosen because my local public library happened to have that one. It's the 8th in the series, but the stories are self-contained enough so that my usual obsession with reading things in "proper" order really didn't kick in.

It's a good, solid detective story that deals as much with Selby butting heads with obstructive politicians and a sleazy lawyer as with the crime. A woman is stabbed to death while recovering from a gunshot wound. Certain people with political pull want it declared a suicide. But Selby and county sheriff Rex Brandon don't buy this. Getting to the bottom of the case will inevitably mean stepping on a few toes. Selby had only recently been reelected after returning from service during the war, so a misstep could mean the end of his career as D.A.

But dogged investigations by himself, Brandon and lady report Sylvia Martin slowly uncovers interesting clues. Among these is a knife that wasn't the murder weapon having a fingerprint on it that should not be there. A box of chocolates laced with barbituates also play a key role in figuring out whodunit.

Selby, Brandon and Sylvia Martin form a dynamic very similar to the Perry Mason/Paul Drake/Della Street that is so key to the Mason novels, though Sylvia acts independantly of Selby more often than Della did with Perry. Another interesting element is the sleazy lawyer who causes Selby the most trouble during the novel. A.B. Carr (known as "old A B C") is a sort of Evil Perry Mason, clever and able to improvise plans on a moment's notice, but without the ethics and real concern for justice that was an inherent part of Mason's character. As I understand it, Carr is a regular nemesis in the series, which increases my desire to read more of the Selby books. He's an effective villain and nearly (though not quite) matches the protagonist in sheer cleverness.

So I can whole-heartedly recommend The D.A. Takes a Chance. I think Gardner's skills as a storyteller are high enough to take it on faith that the rest of the series is worth reading as well. I really which more of Gardner's stuff would get reprinted.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Super-Intelligent Pterodactyls!

Comic books MUST be telling us true stories. Because if we live in a universe in which a planet ruled by super-intelligent pterodactyls does not exist, then nothing makes sense.

We learn about this planet in Green Lantern #30 (July 1964), in which a story written by John Broome and drawn by Gil Kane furthers our education in this vital field of knowledge. Things start out with a bang when a Forest Ranger patrol plane spots an area of prehistoric terrain near Coast City and then barely manages to escape getting tagged by a pterodactyl.

Soon, there are pterodactyls swarming all over the city, ripping down buildings and bridges while proving to be immune to gunfire and explosives.

How is all this possible? Well, it seems that there is a planet out there somewhere ruled by intelligent pterodactyls with super-mental powers. During the Age of Dinosaurs, then fired a ray of "M-Energy" at Earth, hoping to give intelligence and mental powers to the primitive pterodactyls of our world.

But an ion cloud blocks their view of Earth and presumable blocks the M-ray as well. In modern times, they are finally able to observe the Earth again, only to discover that pterodactyls are extinct and we pesky humans have overrun the planet.

Well, the super-pteros won't stand for that! Their new, modified plan is to open a time portal, zap the pteros from the past with the M-Ray and loose them on the modern world. Their mental powers can be used to give them super-strength and invulnerability, so getting rid of humanity doesn't look like it will be a problem.

Green Lantern returns from a mission in space to find out about the pterodactyl-led shenanigans. He flies off to stop the creatures, only to discover that their powers give him immunity from his power ring. Hal barely escapes with his life.

This calls for a Plan B. And, by the rules of Comic Book Logic, it is a magnificent Plan B.

First, he uses a burst of super-bright light to dazzle the pterodactyls and get them all to chase him.

Second, he opens a time portal back to the Cretaceous Age. He is counting on the hereditory fears of creatures like the T-Rex to scare the metaphorical pants off the pteros, weakening their mental powers.

When this happens, Hal is able to take down the leader. This takes out the other pteros as well, since the leader's mental energies turn out to be controling the entire flock. The day is saved and the alien pteros wash their metaphorical hands of the whole thing, giving up on conquering Earth.

I really do love G.L.'s plan. Writer John Broome takes Comic Book Logic and runs with it, coming up with a clever and entertaining solution to a unique problem. And, of course, Gil Kane's art makes it all look magnificent.

So somewhere out there in the universe, there is a planet ruled by intelligent pterodactyls with super-mental powers. There is. There really is. How can there NOT be?

Next week, we'll jump back to the relatively mundane Wild West to visit once again with the Pony Express.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Cover Cavalcade

Great cover for an excellent Western. I'm afraid I'm not sure who the cover artist is.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Friday's Favorite OTR

Philo Vance: "The White Willow Murder Case" 3/22/49

A stock broker has given bad advice that leaves one man ruined and is fooling around with another man's girl. So when he's murdered, there is no shortage of suspects.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Last of Elak

Read/Watch 'em In Order #103

There was a three year gap between Henry Kuttner's first three Elak of Atlantis stories and the last one. "Dragon Moon" is a novelette first published in the January 1941 issue of Weird Tales magazine. It scored a nifty if not entirely accurate cover illustration as well.

It was worth the wait. "Dragon Moon" is arguably the best of the four. In any case, I think it can be definitely said that the two longer stories--the first and the last ones--are superior to the shorter ones.

Also, I had been wondering about the internal chronology of the tales. The first ended with Elak saving his brother's throne and ending up with a lady who looked to be his One True Love. The two following stories, in my mind, seemed to take place before this, when Elak was wandering around having random adventures and meeting a different girl in each one. The internal chronology didn't really matter, but it's the sort of thing I'm required to think about by the National Geekiness Over-Analyzing Fiction Act of 1978, passed by Congress that year and signed into law by Jimmy Carter.

Anyway, this last story is clearly set after the first, since it references the events of that previous entry. But Elak's One True Love isn't around or even mentioned. In fact, the story begins with Elak getting into a brawl over a tavern maid.

So there's no denying it. Elak--the dog--is a love 'em and leave 'em kind of guy. Oh, well. At least he's good with a sword and tends to defeat evil beings on a fairly regular basis.

Elak is saved from being skewered during the brawl by Dalan, a Druid wizard who was one of his allies in the early novelette. But Dalan isn't saving Elak just to be a nice guy. He has a job for the wandering swordsman.

Elak, remember, is royalty from the kingdom of Cyrene. But the king of a neighboring country has been possessed by a being of cosmic power--a creature beyond good and evil who is now using his puppet body to form an army and invade Cyrene. The creature tried to possess the king of Cyrene as well, but that king (Elak's brother) killed himself rather than allow this to happen.

The villian is very Lovecraftian, which is not surprising. Kuttner was a member of the Lovecraft Circle--those writers who corresponded with Lovecraft and often added stories to Lovecraft's Cthulu-verse. In fact, it is easy to consider the Elak stories as being set within Lovecraft's continuity, though I don't think there was a deliberate intention to do so.

So Elak is asked to head home and lead an army against the invaders. He doesn't want to and, in fact, refuses at first. But a barely thwarted attempt by the cosmic being to take over his mind convinces him to take action.

He and his perpetually drunken sidekick, Lycon, find a ship heading in the right direction. It might have been preferable, though, if the ship's captain had not been the guy Elak fought in the tavern brawl. He and Lycon soon find themselves working as galley slaves.

That situation requires an escape and incitement of rebellion among the other galleys slaves. Then a telepathic message from Dalan puts Elak on the track of the one person who can help them defeat the villain. That person is the villain's mom, who also happens to be the daughter of a god.

All of this leads to an epic battle and the requirement of a goddess to make a profound sacrifce in order to provide Elak with a particular talisman at just the right moment.

This last Elak tale is exciting, full of the vivid other-worldy imagery that was the main strength of the series. The plot is solid and internally logical and both Elak and Lycon are great characters. It's too bad Kuttner never returned to those characters. Elak and Lycon undoubtably had a lot of unrecorded adventures.

You can read "Dragon Moon" online HERE.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Tales of the Pony Express, Part 2

cover art by Sam Savitt
 Gee whiz, A Dell Comic makes an historical error in one of their Westerns? Say it ain't so, Joe! Say it ain't so!

But there is a slight historical glitch in the second story featuring Pony Express rider Craig Garrett. The story is set in the winter of 1861, so would be taking place a short time after the Pony Express had disbanded.

Oh, well. Not even the greatest comic book company that ever existed is perfect.

This is the second of the two Pony Express stories that appeared in Dell's Four Color #829 (August 1957). As with the first tale, the writer is uncredited and the art is by Dan Spiegle.

Titled "Storm Rider," it opens in the remote Nevada mining town of Drewsville , which is currently snowed in and running out of supplies. There is supposed to be a trainload of supplies coming, but the snow keeps any word of this from reaching them. The people are losing hope.

At a Pony Express station 90 miles away, Craig Garrett has decided to carry word to Drewsville that the train is on its way. But an old back injury acts up and sidelines him. So Drew's 11-year-old brother Davy volunteers to take on the job.

The station's manager refuses to allow Davy to go, but Craig insists the boy should be allowed to take on the dangerous job. I like this part of the story a lot, with Craig defending Davy's capabilities and taking note of the fact that in the West, a boy grows up fast. Craig doesn't see it has risking the life of a child. He sees it has allowing a boy who is growing into a man to be a man. It would be a fair counter-argument to make that, even in that time and place, 11 is too young an age for a dangerous job. But there's simply no one else around who can do it.

I do wish, though, that Davy's mission was something meatier that simply a message that someone else will eventually save the townspeople. I don't mean to downplay the idea that hope is important and the story handles this theme quite well by shifting back to the despairing townspeople during Davy's ride. But, on the other hand, it wasn't as if the townspeople were ready to commit mass suicide. The supply train would have eventually saved them whether Davy brought word or not.

But there's no denying that Davy's ride is an epic one, with Spiegle's strong art work allowing us to feel the biting cold and growing exhaustion along with the young rider. He gallops through a blizzard, crosses an iced-over river that may or may not hold his horse's weight, and tangles with a mountain lion.

He gets to Drewsville half-frozen and alive, bringing a message of hope to its citizens. I do believe the story would have worked better with a stronger motivation for the ride, but "Storm Rider" is still an exciting yarn.

You can read this issue online HERE.

That's it for now. There are still two more Craig Garrett stories to look at and we'll be doing that soon. But next week... well, I don't think I've ever reviewed a solo Green Lantern story. So what has inspired be to do so? A G.L. story with dinosaurs in it, of course!

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