Friday, 27 May 2016
Blue Ribbon Comics #12 & 13 (Archie Adventure Series)
In the early eighties as the comics industry began to go through a sea of change as it's readers got older Archie Comics decided to revive it's long defunct superhero line with Red Circle which was aimed at the new Direct Market opening up in comic shops. Due to low sales these quickly became re branded as the Archie Adventure Series.
One of these titles was Blue Ribbon Comics which had varied contents from issue to issue culminating in two decidedly unexpected and odd appearances of Tower Comics T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents in #12 and Charlton Comics Thunderbunny in #13.
The original T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents comic had been long by this time though there was an unfinished run of two issues produced in the early eighties by JC Comics. John Carbanaro held the licence to the old Tower Comics characters and edited this one-shot appearance with Archie.
There were two stories, the first featuring the whole team in an all-out war with invaders from outer space that were led by a surprise villain in the form of one of Noman's rogue android bodies.
The back up featured a short tale involving Noman taking down his former research partner is a tale drawn by Steve Ditko.
If you have a soft spot for T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents then this comic is for you.
The following issue, was a bit more obscure. Published with a wrap around cover and with no ads this tale featured all the Mighty Crusaders in an alliance with of all odd characters Thunderbunny, a short-lived Charlton character that I've never read before.
As usual the superheroes get in a fight with the bunny not understanding a word he says because he has a cold (doh!) but they team up for a fight with Intergalactic slavers in which the bunny appears to get it.
Blue Ribbon Comics lasted just 14 issues before Archie sadly closed down it's Adventure line again.