Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Charlton Arrow Week! "The Challenge of Mata Zin" by Fred Himes

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! It's Charlton Arrow Week here on the Diversions! I know this is kinda different--and yeah, call it a week's worth of plugs if you want--but I think Fester Faceplant and the Gang behind the new Charlton Arrow comic deserve all the plugs and kudos they can get! I mean, to Ol' Groove, gathering a group of fans and pros to revive Charlton Comics (or as close as legally possible) is a task worthy of great praise! To think that pros like Paul (Life With Archie) Kupperberg, Roger (Captain America, Daredevil) McKenzie, Joe (E-Man, Dick Tracy) Staton, Rick Stasi, Lou Mougin, Mort Todd, and so many others would join such an enterprise out of sheer love for Charlton Comics makes it a mag above and beyond wanting. It's a mag we need! If you don't have a copy (first printing is sold out!!), go here right now and get a copy (Not sold in stores!). Aaaaaand get ready to order ish #2 which promises to be even better (E-Man by Nick Cuti and Joe Staton, anyone?)!

One thing Charlton was well known for back during the Groovy Age was their licensed comics. They licensed newspaper comic strips, TV shows, TV cartoon shows, pop stars, you name it. In 1974/1975, dinosaurs and cavemen seemed to be poised to take over Saturday mornings. Land of the Lost on NBC. Korg, 70,000 B.C. on ABC. And Valley of the Dinosaurs on CBS. Today we're gonna check out Valley of the Dinosaurs #3 (April 1975). Fred Himes was awesome on this strip, as his "The Challenge of Mata Zin" should prove....



  1. I run across reviews that outright dismiss Himes work. I always found it oddly charming, Boyette light sort of.

    I've had trouble ordering the Charlton Arrow. I want a copy and I for sure want a copy of the second one if E-Man is part of the plan. I'll try again.

    Rip Off

    1. Rip, the first printing has already sold out, but the second printing will be available any day now.
      A new E-MAN by Cuti and Staton is slated for the third issue.

  2. I like Fred Himes work. He had a nice style that was at odds with what passed/passes for typical comic book art. One of the things that bothers me about comic books is that if the art isn't bombastic or loud or follows the soon to be forgotten style of the day it isn't even considered. It's dismissed outright. Rip Jagger mentions Pat Boyette, an artist who was extremely underrated by the comic book fans for the most part. Yet, the man was admired by some of the top creators in the field. Obviously he was doing something right.

    Yeah, back to Fred Himes work. Not loud, not flashy, not slick. But still pretty good.

  3. Oscar, we have a never-before published story by Joe Gill and Pat Boyette slated for the 2nd ish of The Charlton Arrow!



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