Thursday, November 8, 2012

Magic Is Ace

"Magic Is Ace" from Challengers of the Unknown vol.2 #5 (DC, 1991) by Jeff Loeb and Tim Sale
The early 90s revival was craaa-zy, riding the wave started by other weird strips like Animal Man, Doom Patrol, Shade the Changing Man, etc. when DC was reviving some of its older properties as proto-Vertigo books. It also featured some beautiful art by Tim Sale (no surprise there). Loeb apparently had plans for a monthly, or at least a second mini, but the book seems not to have done well enough. Who knows, had things been different, the Challs might have been among Vertigo's first books along with the rest, and become a standard fixture of quality trade paperback shelves at comic book stores. Well, I liked it, and would have bought in. Note that it turned Prof and June into ghosts, beating the Dibneys to it.

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