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Gold Key Comics, the comic book arm of Western Publisher, is mainly known for the many licensed titles they did: long running Disney comics, Looney Tunes, tv/movie tie-in titles, etc.
But GK/W did several original series. Series NOT like the standard fare from Marvel/DC. Few were superheroes, the closest being Dr. Solar & Magnus (already archived from DH, with yet another revival being put out).
This series archives the long-running "Occult Files of Dr. Spektor", an original series from Don Glut (who also did Tragg & Dagar at GK. Here's hoping DH also archives them). He first created Dr. Spektor as your standard 'host' for occult stories, before creating this series where he is an occult investigator (many times going up against creatures created in standalone stories done by Glut). We are promised that these other stories of Spektor will come up in future volumes. Will these creature stories as well???
This volume reprints the first 7 issues, along with Spektor's first appearance from "Mystery Comics Digest" #5, and a story from a giveaway comic (actually a re-editing of the story from #1).
Also included is a great (and fairly long) intro by Glut, who also points out the several creatures who appear in these stories and thier first appearances, and the tie-in between Spektor, Tragg, and Dagar.
I've read some Spektor stories, so this is a great collection, as I was never able to build up a complete run. I am looking forward to the rest of the series as well as possible reprints of Tragg & Dagar.
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I'm a big fan of 70s horror comics. I've recently re-read DC Comics Showcase Presents collection the DC horror line. They're fantastic, in black and white, but still amazingly good. They compete head to head with the EC horror titles of the 50s. Doctor Spektor is a wonderful change of pace being printed in color. What a treat! Also, these stories are all new to me; having missed out on most of these issues the first time around, when they were available on spinner racks at the drug store. Gold Key titles generally were pretty iffy in quality. You never knew what you were going to get. In most cases the artwork was of lower quality from the leading comics publishers, DC and Marvel. Not a problem in this volume. Fine art, and even better compositions. Even if the coloring does not always live up to the line art, all together it's a great package. One minor trouble, the old beautiful signature painted Gold Key covers are reproduced in colors too dark. A minor quibble and still Highly Recommended.
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The publisher Dark Horse has been releasing a wonderful set of Boris Karloff reprints in beautiful glossy page format published at $49.95. Those volumes are beautifully presented and worth the asking price. Unfortunately, someone at Dark Horse decided to do the Doctor Spektor reprints on the cheap, even though they are also published at $49.95. The paper stock is similar to the original comic books, which is poor to say the least, and the reproductions of the beautiful covers are way too dark. I'll continue to buy the Karloff reprints as long as Dark Horse maintains their quality, but I've already cancelled my plan to purchase the 2nd volume of Doctor Spektor due to the lousy paper and color reproduction of the covers.