COMIC #84: Young Allies #3
DATE: Spring 1942
PUBLISHER: U.S.A. Comic Magazine Corp.
CONTENTS: “The Coming Of The Khan!” (Young Allies story), written by Stan Lee, pencilled by Al Gabriele, inked by George Klein; “Danger In The Dunes” (text story); “He Solves The Last Murder Mystery” (Casey McKann story), drawn by Louis Ferstadt; “Don’t Cross Your Bridgework Until It Bites You!” (Casey McKann story), drawn by Louis Ferstadt; “‘Killer Diller’ Returns To The Pen In The Big House” (Casey McKann story), drawn by Louis Ferstadt; “Father Time”, drawn by Jack Alderman; “Casey McKann”, drawn by Louis Ferstadt; “Square Gang Buster Busts Up Dope Ring!” (Casey McKann story), drawn by Louis Ferstadt; “Capt. Colin P. Kelly”. Cover pencilled by Al Gabriele, inked by George Klein. Editor: Stan Lee.
CANONICAL STATUS: Partial canon (Father Time story).
George Klein inks Al Gabriele in this and the next issue, including the covers. Also, Timely continues its trend of packing a lot more filler into its quarterly titles, for whatever reason. The Young Allies themselves are down to 45 pages. In addition to that and the text story, we’ve got a Father Time story drawn by Jack Alderman; five single-page gag strips about a detective named Casey McKann from Timely newcomer Lou Ferstadt; and a three-page slice-of-war story about a pilot (credits unknown).
The Young Allies fight a Japanese guy called the Khan and thwart his plot for an Axis takeover of Alaska. Also, Bucky and Toro now have a heated rivalry. I hope that lasts, because it’ll be nice to see two characters who appear together regularly actually have opinions about one another.
Ferstadt’s Casey McKann strips are surprisingly decent, compared to what I expected. They’re all over the place and full of meta-humor. And to my surprise, the inclusion of dumb little gag strips like this in superhero/adventure comics has been working well as a palate cleanser between stories.
Father Time fights a diamond thief. I still like Jack Alderman’s art a lot.
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