Friday, December 17, 2010

12 Days of Christmas 2010! Byrne-ing to Read: "Rule of Fear"

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Imagine you're back in December, 1975, killing time before you get your hands on your big Christmas stash. You're standing at the spinner rack, and this cover grabs your attention...

Yeah, you hadda buy it! Doomsday +1 was something special, and that's a fact. Charlton veteran Joe Gill would write the stories, turn a wildly talented young Canuck named John Byrne loose on the art (even allowing the newbie creator to tinker with the plot and script) and sci-fi action magic was made! Some of Byrne's pals (including another young talent, Bruce Patterson) joined in to help out with the art (hence the Byrne Robotics credit) on Doomsday +1 #5's "Rule of Fear", making it even more special. A veritable holiday treat, baby!

Yep, t'was another quarter well spent. (Kudos to Mr. BC for the sensational scans!)


  1. I think this is the first John Byrne comic I ever bought. Love it!

  2. I also had this; found it on holiday in some small, village newsagent.

  3. My introduction to Doomsday +1 was the Modern reprint of this issue, picked up at a local store in 1979, IIRC.
    Man, great stuff! The post-holocaust world, , the hint of moral ambiguity, and the implicit suggestion of sex just made it that much better for a certain 13-year-old back then.

    And that tantalizing mystery--Why did the radiation and the base disappear so completely? Was that foreshadowing for the next issue? I guess we'll never know.



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