Monday, 23 May 2016
Adventures of The Jaguar #2 (Archie/1961)
Adventures of The Jaguar #2 (Archie)
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As regular readers will know I have a bit of a soft spot for the Archie/Mighty/Red Circle super-heroes so when I saw a cheap copy of this (due to it's damaged cover in the right hand corner) I just couldn't resist picking it up.
And well worth the price of entry it was!
Three stories are so obviously written in a "simpler" age now long gone and are charming reminder of days gone by when the world seemed more promising than today's kids have to face. As a result they have the same kind of charm that readers would have got from similar DC titles published around that time and well into the mid sixties,
Plus of course a little pressure from the thankfully defunct "Comic Code Authority" that emasculated comics in the fifties.
This issue contains three stories plus a preview from companion comic The Fly.
The first sees our hero tackle Lilliputian invaders from another world out to conquer earth and wipe out humanity. Beaten by animal shrieks in the end. So much for advanced technology!
The second adventure sees The Jaguar face off...bacteria and that's the scene on the cover. Interesting idea of what artists thought bacteria might look like, hands, legs, eyes and all. Gets saved by a monkey. Don't ask.
Finally Jag faces off with The Sinister Space Whale, which it isn't...it's just a movie prop gone wild. Well this was the sixties.
Adventures of The Jaguar lasted 15 issues between 1961 and 1963.
Overall? Great stuff. More of this please! If the price is right...