Sunday, April 08, 2012

Random Comic Book Splash Page: Adventure Comics #152

"The Amazing Jungle of Robot Menace" has to be one of my favorite titles of all time. The story is basically a riff on "The Most Dangerous Game," except with robots. A big game hunter is so bored with shooting panthers and tigers and lions that he has created a sort of fantasy camp where robots dressed like Indians or musketeers pop up unexpectedly and shoot at you. Sounds like a blast. Green Arrow and Speedy chase robbers onto the estate and encounter robots of themselves! And, yes, Green Arrow does use his vaulted boxing glove arrow on one of the crooks.

This splash page from Adventure Comics #152 was drawn by George Papp, the co-creator of Green Arrow--still a major character in the DC Comics universe seventy years later! Both Papp and writer France Herron (sometimes credited as Ed Herron) had stories published in DC mags until 1968, the year Papp and many other old-school creators were pushed out of the company due to DC's youth movement. Herron died in 1966, but some of his TOMAHAWK and TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED stories were published posthumously.

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