Dig it: in January 1976, the Metal Men (who'd only been seen in occasional team-ups with Batman in The Brave and the Bold and three 1973 reprint issues since their mag's demise in late 1969) were back! Editor (who'd soon take over as writer) Gerry Conway filled in the blanks about what had happened to Doc Magnus and his robotic charges over the past 7 years on the letters page (or did assistant editor Paul Levitz handle that page?), picked up the metallic ball and ran with it. Did'ja know that MM was Walt Simonson's first regular series since his legendary Manhunter strip in Detective Comics? Did'ja know Wild n Wooly Walt was so psyched about the first ish that he not only penciled and inked it, but lettered and colored it as well? (Why did they reject Simonson's--inked by Berni Wrightson!-- cover? Not to knock Dick Giordano's job...) Why did Steve Gerber script this ish? He was pretty much buried in work at Marvel at the time? Glad he did, though. Anywho, let's dig in to the return of the Metal Men as they learn..."Evil Is In the Eye of the Beholder!"
|Simonson and Wrightson's rejected MM cover. Thanks for the head's up, Jeff Clem!|