The Uranian by DocShaner
MARX: 1950s The SKYSCRAPER Building Tin Litho Playset
Was there ever a more tantalizing dream than the announcement of the Atlas/Seaboard comics line back in 1974? With a creative roster that included Steve Ditko, Wally Wood, Archie Goodwin, Neal Adams, Howard Chaykin, Larry Hama, Howard Nostrand, Ernie Colon, Mike Sekowsky, Mike Fleisher, Pat Boyette, Frank Thorne, Rich Bucker, Russ Heath, Al Milgrom, and Alex Toth—just to name the most prominent—what could go wrong?
Well, if you’ve actually SEEN any of the comics, you’ll know. Oh, the first issues of The Scorpion, Wulf The Barbarian, and The Destructor were fairly decent (as was Grim Ghost, for that matter), but things went swiftly downhill after that. No title lasted beyond 4 bi-monthly issues, and for me, it’s not what was published that I’ll remember so fondly, but instead the months of giddy anticipation inspired by news of the company’s formation as reported in The Comic Reader. That’ll teach me…
The above are several sketch cards I drew recently depicting nine Atlas characters (plus Rich Bucker’s own Marvel rip-off of his earlier creation): Phoenix, Iron Jaw, Tiger Man, Destructor, Morlock 2000, Grim Ghost, The Scorpion, Wulf the Barbarian, Demon Hunter, and his Marvel doppleganger, Devil-Slayer.
Elsa Lanchester, 1935
—Vision & the Scarlet Witch, vol. 1, #1 (1982) art by Rick Leonardi
Vintage Comic - Wendy, The Good Little Witch #011 (CGC)