Wednesday, August 30, 2023

The Invaders #14

The Invaders #14 (March 1977)
title: "Calling....The Crusaders!"
writer: Roy Thomas
penciller: Frank Robbins
inker: Frank Springer
letterer: Joe Rosen
colorist: Marie Severin
editor: Roy Thomas
letter column: Roy Thomas
cover: Jack Kirby & Joe Sinnott

Order of Appearance: Spirit of '76, Dyna-Mite, Ghost Girl, Tommy Lightning, Captain Wings, and Thunder Fist

Guest Stars:  The Invaders (Captain America, Bucky, the Human Torch, Toro, Namor the Sub-Mariner, Spitfire) 

Supporting Characters: 
Lord Falsworth, his butler Hotchkins, King George VI, Alfie the cab driver

unnamed Nazi spy, unnamed Nazi Luftwaffe crew, Adolf Hitler (behind the scenes)

Overall Summary: 
The All-New Almost All-British Crusaders arrive in London and help out during the Blitz. The next day, they want to take the Invaders' place as King George's personal body-guards.  

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

The Freedom Fighters vs. The Invaders

The Freedom Fighters vs. The Invaders! 

The Freedom Fighters' appearance fighting Nazis in the pages of Justice League of America #s107-108 inspired Roy Thomas to create The Invaders, his World War II era Nazi-fighting super-group for Marvel. 

Please, let me present my case....

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Freedom Fighters #7

Freedom Fighters #7 (April 1977)
title: "The Emperor of the North Pole!"
writer: Bob Rozakis
penciller: Dick Ayers
inker: Jack Abel
letterer: uncredited
colorist: uncredited
editor: Tony Isabella
letter column: Tony Isabella
cover: Rich Buckler & Jack Abel

Order of Appearance: All appear in one group scene on page one: (from left) Uncle Sam, Phantom Lady, The Human Bomb, Black Condor, Doll Man, and The Ray. 

Guest Stars:  The Crusaders (one-page cameo)

Supporting Characters:
Martha Roberts, NYC District Attorney David Pearson 

The Elf, Homilus (behind the scenes)

Overall Summary: 
The Freedom Fighters investigate Santaland and come across an attempt to tilt the world on its axis to create a new Ice Age! 

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Freedom Fighters #6

Freedom Fighters #6 (Feb 1977)
title: "Witching Hour for the Warrior Wizards!"
writer: Bob Rozakis
penciller: Ramona Fradon
inker: Bob Smith
letterer: Ben Oda
colorist: Liz Berube
editor: Tony Isabella
letter column: Tony Isabella
cover: Rich Buckler & Vince Colletta (?)

Order of Appearance: Uncle Sam, The Ray, Black Condor, The Human Bomb, Doll Man, and Phantom Lady

Guest Stars:  None

Supporting Characters:
Martha Roberts, Tom Fagan

Silver Ghost's former gang, Enstra and the Warrior Wizards, Homilus the demon

Overall Summary: 
The Freedom Fighters seek to hide in Rutland, Vermont but must try to stop an attempt to bring a demon to Earth. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2023


DC Super-Stars #10 (Dec 1976)
title: "The Great Super-Star Game!" 
writer: Bob Rozakis
penciller: Dick Dillin
inker: Frank McLaughlin
letterer: uncredited
colorist: uncredited
editor: Julius Schwartz
cover: Ernie Chua (Chan)

Order of Appearance: Uncle Sam is the only Freedom Fighter to appear in this story. 

Also Starring
Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Robin, Kid Flash, Plastic Man, Green Arrow, Black Canary, and the reformed Huntress  

Sportsmaster, Lex Luthor, the Joker, Chronos, Weather Wizard, Dr. Polaris, Matter Master, Felix Faust, the Tattooed Man, and Amazo

Overall Summary: 
Uncle Sam accidentally gets involved in a convoluted plot to prove that Evil *can* defeat Good, in a super-powered game of baseball staged by the Sportsmaster and the Huntress!