Monday, July 2, 2018

Marvel-ous Monday Groovy Guest Post: Mike Mikulovsky on "In the Coils of the Copperhead!" by Wein, Wolfman, Colan, and Janson

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Ol' Groove is stepping aside today to let Mighty Mike Mikulovsky lay one of his patented Groovy Guest Posts 'pon us! This one concerns "In the Coils of the Copperhead!" from DD #124 (May 1975) by Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan, and Klaus Janson. Check it out...

Around this time (early 1975), I had been buying DC Comics' The Shadow by artist Mike Kaluta. I was buying many pulp hero novels, too, one being The Shadow novels with the stunning covers by Jim Steranko. When I first saw Copperhead, I thought he was way too cool a character to be wasted as a villain. He would have made a great anti-hero, but  instead, Marvel ripped off the Executioner character to create the Punisher as their anti-hero. 

I thought the Copperhead's trench coat and hat were great. The cover by Gil Kane with inks by Frank Giacoia really rocked. Even though he only appeared in seven pages of this issue, the interiors by Gene Colan and Klaus Janson really grabbed my attention. This was Gene Colan's last issue on DD for a few years, too. I was recently incredibly lucky to pick up page 10 of DD #124. I'm always looking for the remaining Copperhead pages from DD #124 & #125. So what do you think? Anybody else dig this character as much as I did and still do? 


  1. I can still remember getting this issue and the immediate excitement it caused me.

  2. I liked the Copperhead character but was much more dazzled by the Colan/Janson artwork.

  3. I remember really enjoying this storyline when I first read it, and multiple readings after. They really don't make them like this anymore. And Copperhead is a great character that should have had more than the handful of appearances he got.



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