Saturday, June 16, 2007

Best of DC Blue Ribbon Digest #26 - July 1982

sgAh, The Brave and the Bold--I don't know any comic fans of a certain age who doesn't have a fond rememberance of B&B. It seemed to be one of those books that every comic fan bought at least once at some point in their youth. You had Batman--who was always cool--plus with each issue there was a 50/50 shot it would co-star somebody you liked.

Oddly, though, DC chose to fill this digest with B&B's early solo features, not the classic team-ups it would later become famous for, except for the opening tale:
the classic "You Can't Hide from a Deadman" by Bob Haney and Neal Adams
Robin Hood in "Three Arrows Against Doom!" by Haney and Russ Heath
The Suicide Squad in "Menace of the Mirage People" by Bob Kanigher, Ross Andru, and Mike Esposito
Viking Prince in "Threat of the Ice King" by Kanigher and Joe Kubert
The Silent Knight in "The Sword in the Lake" by Kanigher and Irv Novick
Cave Carson in "The Secret Beneath The Earth" by France Herron and Bruno Premiami

...not that these aren't great tales(Kubert's Viking Prince is especially cool), but I think if you're going to slap the Brave and the Bold logo(albeit the original, pre-Batman-team-ups one) on the book, I wanna see Batman team-up with Sgt.Rock! At least it has a really nice cover by Jim Aparo...

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