Monday, October 12, 2009

Random Reads: Howard Chaykin's The Scorpion Takes "The Devil Doll Commission"

Ahh, the creations of Howard Chaykin. One of his earliest and best, natch, is his Atlas/Seaboard creation, Moro Frost aka The Scorpion. Unfortunately, the powers-that-were at Atlas didn't dig what Howard was doing, so by the third issue they'd replaced Chaykin and updated The Scorpion, complete with costume, into a sort of Spider-Man/Daredevil rip-off. Fortunately, Howard talked to the powers-that-were at Marvel, The Scorpion morphed into Dominic Fortune, and for a few years, Fortune popped up in various Marvel mags, gambling and chasing the bad-guys in the manner in which Chaykin had intended.

Anyway, let's get back to The Scorpion. The handwriting must have been on the wall when the second ish (February 1975) of was in production, since Chaykin needed the help of several extremely talented, and very well-known (at least to all my loyal Groove-ophiles) pals to complete the issue, namely Bernie Wrightson, Mike Kaluta, Walt Simonson, and Ed Davis. Chaykin's cover was even rejected and replaced by a nice, but not nearly as cool--and very misleading--piece by Ernie Colon. It was Howard and the real Scorpion's swan song, but what a way to go-go! 1930s Hollywood, Gangsters, voodoo, and even a zombie. Get ready to thrill and chill, my Groovy Ghoulies!

4 comments:

  1. love, love, LOVED these two issues. my copies are worn thin! i also dig his marvel revamp of the character as DOMINIC FORTUNE. i'm very curious about his new 4 issue DF mini, but i'm going to wait for the trade!

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  2. We're on the same wave-length concerning the Scorpion and the new Dominic Fortune mini, Andy! Great minds and all... ;D

    Oh, make sure you stop by this coming Friday. It's not Chaykin, the Scorpion, or DF, but it is someone we both dig the most!

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  3. Groovy:

    FYI, Chaykin's new Dominic Fortune is, well, groovy. It's the work of a polished, assured creator. And, I must admit, even though it's a Max series, it's still a bit shocking to see Chaykin's sexual content under the Marvel flag. I'm lovin' it.

    Cheers,
    Andrew
    http://ComicsBronzeAge.com

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