Thursday, 5 January 2017

House of Mystery #148 (DC/1965)

House of Mystery # 148 (DC)

Dave Wood (w) & Howard Sherman (a)

The "Silver Age" of comics saw J'onzz J'onzz, the Martian Manhunter take over the former adventure comic, House of Mystery. This is one of his earlier adventures and published around the time I started reading US comics, though had not seen this one before.

The tale The Beings in Color Rings was plain wacky and did not feature DC's own ring bearers the Green Lanterns before you ask. This story also features the Martian Manhunter's sidekick Zook a friendly little critter from another dimension whose presence gives this book the feel of a Saturday morning cartoon.

As a result of the actions of "Idol Head of Diabolu" (which obviously took place in an earlier tale) a strange object appears over Bedford City and starts stealing colour. Being green, J'onzz allows himself to be taken to what turns out to be a world inhabited by colourless alien disk beings who need colour  to enable them to conquer Earth. The Manhunter himself is saved only by the intervention of Zook who (being red) also travels to this alien planet.

Defeating the aliens the pair return home to await the next full moon when the Idol's head will strike again.

Cracking stuff from a simpler age.


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