Pure Excitement Comics is maintained by Bill Nolan.
Vol. 1 No. 40
In This Issue:
Blue Bolt, Jackie Law & Mystico
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The Gallery of Golden Age Heroes!
A closer look at some great Golden Age characters!
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Home of the weekly comic book columnist for the Scripps Howard News Service
Welcome to the Letters Page,
everybody! Before we get to the letters, I just want to take this chance to promote
a new forum for Pure Excitement readers. There has been some talk lately that the Yahoo
Clubs may be dropped in favor of Yahoo Groups at some point in the near future. In case
that happens, I've started a new Golden Agers discussion forum over at Delphi. Click
here to check it out. Both
"Golden Agers" forums will continue as long as they exist. Here
are some letters I received during the last month:
Bill, I've had a chance to
at least scan all the CD's I got from you. Suffice it to say that I'm very satisfied. BTW,
have you ever thought about doing a CD or set of CD's devoted exclusively to full-sized scans
of the stories from your web site? (Sort of a "PEC Archives".) Just wondering. There's
been quite a few stories that I'd love to see full-sized.
Glad to hear that you are enjoying
the CD-ROMs. As for a PEC Archives series, you'll be glad to hear that I recently decided
to concentrate on offering those as my next CD-ROMs. Each CD will contain 12 issues of
Pure Excitement Comics, along with some bonus material, presented at much-higher quality. I
need to rescan the stories from many of the early issues, so these CDs may not be available
for a while.
PEC #39 was one of my favorite
issues that you have done. I'm glad that you showed the Black Owl, I've been interested
in the character for a long time, but never read much of him. As for your latest CD with
the Target and Targeteers, excellent work. I've become a major fan of the three heroes.
Thanks to CDs and web-site I've been able to read the adventures of Golden Age heroes
that normaly I would never see because of either price or not being able to find them.
Thanks for the wonderful site and CDs, I hope you never tire of doing both. You have a
permanent fan and I look forward to seeing more CDs and future issues of P.E.C.
Richard J. Croxtom
Richard, thanks for the great letter!
I plan to keep producing Pure Excitement Comics and my CD-ROMs as long as I have the materials
and the time. The next couple of issues are already well on their way to completion, and I
have a general idea of what I want to do through issue 50.
Hi, Bill: Loved 39 - also love the
"new character" format. Twister was a new character for me - looks like he pre-dated DC's
Red Tornado. Twilight I have developed a fondness for - mostly the parrot Snoopy - lots
better than one of the kid sidekicks. Black Owl I had seen lots of time before but this
was a new story - I rather like the ones that predate his run with Yank and Doodle. Also
liked the villain.
I'm really looking forward to
next month to see what surprises you throw our way. Keep up the good work.
Dennis, I hope you enjoyed the tales
of Sub-Zero, Flamingo, and Power Nelson this issue. You can kind of see why there were
only three Flamingo stories during the Golden Age, but the art was very interesting,
especially for the time period. Power Nelson didn't really live up to his title as "Futureman,"
but I have read an earlier story or two of his which took place in the future. Obviously
he traveled back in time to the 1940s at some point. Next month's threesome of Blue Bolt,
Jackie Law, and Mystico should have a little something for everybody: a kid group, a standard
superhero, and a Nedor magician. After that, you can expect to see Doctor Frost, the Puppeteer,
and the Lynx. It's a guaranteed fun time for all!
Dear Bill: Just a note to let
you know that I really liked the November issue of Pure Excitement Comics. It was great
to see the original Black Owl in action even though he looked exactly the same costume-wise
as his successor, the father of Yank and Doodle. Do you have any idea why he was called
The Black Owl--besides the fact that his creators probably thought it was a cool name--when
his costume was primarily red and blue? Was his original outfit black?
That's it for the letters
page this month. Be sure to check back next month for three more great reprints!
The Twilight story was terrific--very
intriguing. I was really drawn into the tale, wondering about the motivation was behind Baby
Face's generosity as well as the secret of his "little brother." Although I'm still a little
hazy as to his motives--outside of revenge against society for past slights--I thought it was
a good story. I do have another costume question, however. Just what the heck is Twilight's
costume supposed to represent? It is apparently some kind of animal, but I can't figure out
what it is. A horse of some kind? And what's with that mane flapping in the breeze. Whatever
the case, Twilight must have frequented the same haberdashery as Ted "Wildcat" Grant.
I also enjoyed the Twister story. It
was a little different inasmuch as most superheroes of that era (and today) operated in big
cities (mostly New York). Was the Twister a Florida superhero fulltime? (Last silly question of
the letter, I promise). His powers were kind of neat, but he was very typical of the period
in that for all his might he was brought down fairly easily by a few thugs.
Anyway, it was another GREAT isssue
Bill. Thank you for all the enjoyment you've given me.
Well, Mark, I'm glad to hear that
you enjoyed the issue as much as you did. I'll try to answer your questions as best I
can. First up is the Black Owl. According to Greg Theakston in "The Complete Jack Kirby
1940-1041," the Black Owl's first costume was "a tuxedo topped off with what looked to be a
Mexican wrestler's mask." When Kirby took over the strip in Prize Comics no. 7, his first
step "was to revamp the character and outfit him in more fashionable super-hero tights." As
for Twilight's costume, all I can tell you about its origin is that he found it in a
costume shop during his first adventure. I'm not sure what it is supposed to represent. I
own one other Twister story, and that one takes place in Washington, not Florida. Sorry I
could not give you more definitive answers.
The first eight issues of PEC fan-favorite Frankenstein's solo book recently appeared
on ebay. I will be running those covers in this spot for the next several issues. Here
is the cover to issue no. 1.
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