Thursday, June 28, 2007

Best of DC Blue Ribbon Digest #28 - Sept. 1982

sgNow that our diversion with the digest ads is over(for now), we resume with Best of DC #28, starring everyone's favorite Archie clone, Binky, in Binky's Summer Fun!

I've said this before, but you have to give DC credit for trying to (re-)capture their younger and/or female audience by bringing this material back out, when superheroes' death-grip on comics was almost complete. Sure, this material is woefully out of date for 1982(heck, it was out of date when it was originally published), but it took some thought at DC editorial to put this together instead of yet another Superman collection.

I'm not going to bother giving story titles since...what would be the point? They're all five-to-six-page features starring Binky and his pals Sonny, Debbi, Scooter, and more. I hope it doesn't sound like I'm denigrating the work...the art by Dan Golderg and Henry Scarpelli is all very nice and firmly in the Archie mode. These are good, solid, kids' comics.

The special stuff is, of course, Sheldon Mayer's Sugar and Spike, starring in "Who's Sorry Now?" as well as a Doodles Duck story, which is actually pretty inventive. At point when Doodles is reading Hansel & Gretel to his nephew Lemuel(after taking away his comic book, saying H&G is more educational) he tells Lemuel that H&G stole some breadcrumbs from them father in the story. The Lemuel yells out "That's stealing! The comics code would never let that by!"

Topped off with a nice cover by Bob Oksner and Tex Blaisdell, this makes for a nice collection. It must have done ok, sales-wise, since is just the beginning of Binky's appearance in the digests!

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