I've been waiting for this archive edition since they started the Archive Edition program 20 years ago. And I've been wanting to read these stories ever since I picked up a copy of Secret Society of Supervillians off a spinner rack in McDaniels Drugstore 100 years ago in the mid 70s

Captain Comet Archives
Written by JOHN BROOME, GERRY CONWAY and others
Art by CARMINE INFANTINO, MURPHY ANDERSON and others
Cover by CARMINE INFANTINO
ADVANCE SOLICIT • On sale AUGUST 21 • 400 pg, FC, $75.00 US
• Captain Comet faces alien invasions and weird monsters from distant worlds in these stories from DC's classic science fiction series STRANGE ADVENTURES, as well as his 1970s adventures!
• Collects STRANGE ADVENTURES #9-44, 46 and 49, and SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER-VILLAINS #2-6.

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I made an error: Sensation Comics, like World’s Finest Comics, was a bimonthly in the period, having dropped down from monthly status with #94.

 

I forgot to say that Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Tomahawk were bimonthlies in the period. They went to an eight-times-a-year schedule with their first issues cover-dated for 1954.

 

Forgive me, Dne, for going off-topic.

I have to say, yawn. Broome was a boring writer in my opinion. Conway was a third-stringer. Infantino was okay, Anderson was great. I'm not familiar with the original series; maybe I missed something. How bad could it be if this most excellent website is named after him, sort of.

When I was a kid, DC published Fox and Crow, which I confused with some Harvey/Funday Funnies cartoon, Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope, and Sugar and Spike. I always heard S&S was good, 'though when some were re-released a couple decades ago, I wasn't impressed. But were any of those others funny? Or good in any way?

It's tough to say, JHK. I think Sugar and Spike comics are awesome -- Fox and Crow comics, too, for that matter -- so our tastes in that area really don't correspond. 

I think a lot of those DC humor comics were at least amusing, but they were best in small doses, because the comedy was very similar from issue to issue, so it lost its edge. I still enjoy and seek out Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis and Dobie Gillis comics to read as well as collect.

Later S&S issues got more adventurous, with longer stories and more danger. They're significantly different from the early ones from the Archive or the S&S #99 published in the '90s, even to the art style. Obviously, whether they're funnier depends on your taste.

I find Fox & Crow to be interesting mostly in how they could vary the comedy using such a tight premise--neither of them won every time. But I think it's the most repetitious of these. The other Funny Animals--Peter Porkchop, Three Mouseketeers, etc.--do less for me. Likewise with their teen humor--I'd rather read Archie.

The best SA humor other than DC's licensed books, was ACG's Herbie and Marvel's NBE, as well as Dell's Peanuts and John Stanley's work on Thirteen, Little Lulu and Nancy. Those are all well worth tracking down.

-- MSA

Oh, yeah -- as much as I love those books, I never read more than one or two stories at a time. They charm the hell out of me, but they're not a series I'd want to binge on. 

Can't think what NBE stands for, but Marvel ran a series of self-parodies which were cry-funny. Like what if Aunt May were Ant-Aunt. Herbie was weird, somewhat funny, and very entertaining.

Now Peanuts...That was a strip that should have stopped around 1967. They were genius until the Snoopy/Red Baron TV franchise made it into a toy marketing ad. Peppermint Patty, Woodstock, Re-run, PP's side-kick, they all sucked. I don't mind stating the controversial. I have Complete Peanuts up to that time. I also think Gary Larson and Mike Peters were thinking of Schulz when they decided to stop when they were still inspired and funny, and not let it become like Berke Breathed's tired Opus toy ad cartoons. And I think Bloom County was in the top 5 all-time funniest strips. Berke should have stayed retired. And the same with the tired, loathsome Doonesbury. I can't believe that the never funny Beetle Bailey is still around. Was Mort Walker 5 years old when that POS started?

Can't think what NBE stands for

"Not Brand Ecch", maybe?

Of course. With the Watcher weeping on the cover. I collected most of them, just had a senior moment. Hope you didn't take my Snoopy/Red Baron tirade personally...Baron.

The Baron said:

Can't think what NBE stands for

"Not Brand Ecch", maybe?

Nah, it's all good. As long as you don't badmouth Mark Trail, we're fine. ;)

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