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- Publisher: Comicfix; #1 edition (December 16, 2014)
- Publication Date: December 16, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00R4O3FB6
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #936,768 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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That time is, of course, long past. What passes for comic books now are either high art or lowest common denominator entertainment that is there only to be licensed for movies, toys and whatnot. Proper stories are pretty much a thing of the past, and while the art is, at first glance, much better, it's soulless. The Charlton Arrow brings heart and soul back into the equation.
For the n00bz (and you know who you are), Charlton Comics was a major comic book company from the mid-forties all the way to the mid-eighties. They were never as popular as DC or Marvel, but they had more control, having their own printing presses and some lucrative licensing contracts for TV and cartoon personalities. Scooby Doo, Emergency!, Hong Kong Phooey, Space 1999, David Cassidy and many others were published by Charlton. They had the Action Heroes, later revived by DC, in which Steve Ditko was given a relatively free reign to create Captain Atom, the Blue Beetle, and the Question. Their mystery titles were second to none, with artwork by Ditko, Wayne Howard, Pat Boyette, and many, many others.
The Charlton Arrow #1 tries to recapture that feeling of those halcyon days and does so rather admirably. The opening story is an homage to those Action Heroes, written by Paul ("I Killed Archie") Kupperberg. Roger McKenzie and Sandy Carruthers' take on Spookman, a Charlton character who appeared once, is probably the highlight of the book. There's even a proper text story in the book! How long as it been since you've seen an obligatory text page (for US Post Office rules) in a comic book? Romance comics biker Jonnie Love shows up, and John Byrne's Doomsday+1 cast gets a pin-up. Yeah, *that* John Byrne. "The Hosts of Horror" story by Lou Mougin and Mort Todd is funny and goofy and will have you wracking your brain to remember where you saw some of those creepy characters before. There's even a feature on the old Charlton western comics that were based on movie and TV stars. What's not to like about this book?
If you are a comic book fan, I mean a real, honest-to-Infantino, fingers grey from newsprint, four-color comic book fan, than this is a book you do NOT want to miss! Highly recommended!
The Charlton Arrow is a fan-and-pro-generated comicbook that pays tribute to those long-lost bygone days by resurrecting Charlton characters. They say you can't go home, but oh my Droogs, this is the comic that you buy to re-experience those idyllic days of our ill-spent youth reading funnybooks that entertained us.
In just a short calendar year, Charlton Arrow has become the darling of the industry, recapturing much of what has been lost in comics over the past few decades. Spawned by a fan-generated Facebook Page, Charlton Arrow is already attracting top talent and has spawned at least two spin-offs which will be launched in 2015. If you love comics, then you will truly want to check out this delightful comicbook series.
And to think, this all came about from a simple Facebook board.
After many years of reading comics I had gotten bored or burnt out on them...but then I found the Charlton Arrow Facebook page and had a blast learning from and talking to the people involved.
I read this first issue with hope and was not disappointed...
Everyone involved with this book infused it with all the fun, wonder, and excitement I remembered from reading comics when I and the world were just a little younger...
The book wears its heart on its sleeve...and that is a great thing.
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