OUT OF STOCK!
by Allred, Casey, Larson, Rugg, Scioli, Sienkiewicz, Yeates, et al While it is true that some are acts are indeed impossible to follow, history has shown that the second act will nevertheless often show up and give it a try, like the Monkees taking the stage after Hendrix finished his set -- it was totally pointless, but there they were. Other times there's a bit of a lag, as in this instance: here we have the latest issue of Fantastic Comics... 67 years after the last one! The creators of this encore/homage clearly had a lot of fun reviving these classic characters -- among whom are numbered Capt. Kidd, Yank Wilson, Sub Saunders, Space Smith, Samson and Stardust. There's definitely a bit of a boy's club feel to everything here, but implicit in this clubby atmosphere is the sense of a slumbering tradition being revived. Each of these revivals carry their own unique stamp of respect for the precursors at the same time that they knowingly wink at and/or reconfigure those aspects which are clearly dated. And while we are doubtless somewhat biased, we can't help but single out the contributions of Copacetic customers Jim Rugg and Tom Scioli as counting among the highlights. Anyone with a soft spot for classic old school comic books will have as much fun reading this as the writers and artists did creating it.