Monday, 5 October 2015
T.H.U.N.D.E.R Agents Magazine #1 (1981)
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1 (JC Comics)
Various (w) & (a)
The great thing about collecting comics is that even if you are a fan of a particular series or character sometime you will come across something new and didn't even know existed. That's what happened when I went into my local comic shop and saw this on the shelf just waiting to fall into my weekly pile.
A black and white magazine, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1 published by JC Comics who I thought had just published the two "four colour" comics via Archie back in the eighties. I'm rather partial to the large size format B&W comic magazine so this was a bonus.
This was intended to be a quarterly magazine and if you subscribed to the fanzine Amazing Heroes you were promised two free editions. Sadly this was a one off.
Featuring the revival of each T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agent chapter by chapter this was great fun, especially part three drawn Kirby style!
The villain...none other than The Warlord!
Bonus features included a reprint of the first adventure of The Fly by Simon & Kirby and an early Black Hood story which is nothing like the gritty version published by Archie today!
Easier to find are the "normal size" comics pictured below.
IDW currently have the licence but only managed an 8 issue mini series due to low sales which was a pity because theirs was the best effort by far in recent years.
Don't mention the DC run. No please don't.