Thursday, February 15, 2018

Random Reads: "Fifty Million Tons of Soul!" by Haney, Oksner, and Smith

Dig it, Groove-ophiles, even in the waning days of the Groovy Age, DC was still producing some sentimental, slice of life comics the likes of which were getting more and more rare. One little sorta-series that kept tugging at the heart strings ran in the back of the Dollar Comics issues of Detective Comics: Tales of Gotham City. It's long been said that Gotham City itself is as much a character as Batman, Commissioner Gordon, or the Joker, and this series that appeared under editor Paul Levitz' reign made a believer out of Teen Groove. A fave in that series was but the Bob trio--Haney, Oksner, and Smith: "Fifty Million Tons of Soul!" If someone pitched a story like this these days, editors more than likely would show that writer the door, but back in April 1980, some of us adored these tales of seemingly random folk who's lives would be entwined, changed, or touched by something simple. Even something as simple as a bridge.


  1. Bob Oksner deserves more love. Thanks for sharing.

    1. He sure does. His Jerry Lewis and Dobie Gillis stuff is gorgeous, as well as his work on Supergirl. The inks here are alittle heavy for my taste, but it's great to see Oksner anytime. Thanks Groove!

  2. a nice little story, incidently the artist simply drew the George Washington Bridge. I pass by it all the time.

  3. Oksner drew the most beautiful women. He really shone when illustrating Angel and the Ape and Supergirl. Even the female in this story was gorgeous.



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