Wednesday, August 14, 2019

100-Page FAKES! presents: THE SANDMAN # 3

100-Page FAKES! imagines mid-1970s DC 100-Page Super Spectaculars that never were...but should have been!

Our third 100-Page FAKE! edition of DC's short-lived 1970s series The Sandman is the second and final issue penciled by Ernie Chua; Sandman co-creator Jack Kirby would return the next issue, and stay with the title for the remainder of its brief run.

Like last time, we're supplementing the original 1975 story with a selection of Golden Age reprints, befitting The Sandman's goofy throwback vibe. DC never had the rights to the Harvey Comics character The Black Cat, but that silly little technicality won't prevent her from appearing in a DC book here in our fanciful little Boppinverse. I mean, c'mon--who can resist a masked heroine in a bathing suit, especially when she's drawn by Lee Elias? Certainly not me, and we'll see more of The Black Cat in future 100-Page FAKES! 

The Black Cat is joined here by the Fawcett hero Minute Man (a property that the real-world DC did eventually acquire), The Green Arrow & SpeedyWonder Woman, and The Boy Commandos. I recall seeing the cover to that Boy Commandos comic in the book All In Color For A Dime, and longing to read this sorta-kinda crossover with Superman. I don't know if it's ever been reprinted, but it proudly appears here in this faux Super Spec.

The Sandman in "The Brain That Blacked Out The Bronx!," The Sandman # 3 (June-July 1975)
The Black Cat in "Terror Rides The Highways," Black Cat Comics # 11 (May 1948)
Minute Man in "The Baffling Case Of The Murdered Millionaire," America's Greatest Comics # 3 (Summer 1942)
The Boy Commandos in "Up, Up And Away!," Boy Commandos # 24 (November-December 1947)
The Green Arrow & Speedy in "Sir Oliver Queen Of Dornee Castle!," World's Finest Comics # 46 (June-July 1950)
Wonder Woman in "Wonder Woman Tames The Wild West!," Sensation Comics # 87 (March 1949)

The Black Cat is copyright the respective owner, and everything else belongs to DC Comics Inc. The Black Cat and Minute Man stories are public domain, and we show the rest in sample pages; my paid subscribers see the whole thing. More '70s Sandman/Golden Age fun coming up soon.


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