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The Charlton Arrow #5
Sandy Carruthers, Ron Fortier, Joe Gill, Dick Giordano, Darren Goodhart, Rob Jones, Gary Kato, Paul Kupperberg, Rocke Mastroserio, Roger Mckenzie, Joe Staton, Steven Thompson, Mort Todd, Ben Torres, Dan Wilson
Page Count: 60
What It's About
MR. JIGSAW: THE CHASE This adventure will break you up, just like Mr. Jigsaw! He first premiered in the pages of Charlton Comics and now faces a threat ripped from today”s headlines. Featuring a team-up with the star-spangled Charlton classic heroine Liberty Belle! Story by Ron Fortier, art by Gary Kato. EXCLUSIVE JOE STATON INTERVIEW! One of the world”s favorite cartoonists, Joe Staton, got his start at Charlton Comics and gives an interview from the up-coming Charlton Comics: The Movie documentary with producer Jackie Zbuska. Profusely illustrated with rare art and photos! Transcribed by Steven Thompson. YANG: SEA OF BLOOD Honor demanded that he die. Legend said he must live! Ancient East meets Wild West as the story of the Charlton Kung Fu star Yang comes full circle in an adventure written by Roger McKenzie with art and color by Ben Torres. CAPTAIN MERCURY Strange visitor from another planet with weird abilities… and a notion that he knows better than humans on how to run the Earth! Created by Joe Gill with art by Rocke Mastroserio. Originally published in Space Adventures #44 (Feb 1962) and recolored from scans of the original stats by Mort Todd. THE BALLAD OF GUMBO GALAHAD Sit a spell and learn the tale of “The Screwball of the Hills,” Gumbo Galahad, star of Charlton”s Hillbilly Comics from the 1950s! An ode to hillfolk humor by Dan Wilson and Darren Goodhart. DICK GIORDANO CHARLTON COVER GALLERY Another legend of the comics industry who got his start at Charlton Comics and provided a variety of covers for the company, from westerns to sci-fi and romance and horror! Introduction by Dick Giordano”s assistant, Rob Jones, who provided the original cover stats recolored by Mort Todd. SKIN IN THE GAME Charlton had a zany assortment of horror hosts and now we present perhaps the weirdest one yet! Meet Professor Fester as he offers a fetid fable about a poor farmer boy, his abusive father… and re- venge! Crafted by Charlton veteran writer Paul Kupperberg and taken to terrifying heights with art by Sandy Carruthers.
Though never as popular as DC, Marvel or even Archie, Charlton Comics had a long run from 1944 to 1985 and also produced a line of successful publications like Hit Parader. They didn”t spawn the superhero icons other publishers did but released a variety of titles that have become beloved by millions. They were fortunate to employ an array of legendary writers and artists who displayed a creative passion in the Charlton titles more than with other publishers, where they received more pay and fame. When Charlton closed shop, they sold off most of their properties, with many left to languish in limbo. If anything, appreciation of their comics has grown over the years, with fan publications, such as Charlton Spotlight, dedicated to their memory. THE CHARLTON ARROW is the fruits of those labors and we hope it properly honors the Charlton legacy!