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Review: E-Man #5

E-Man #5
Cover by Joe Staton

E-Man #5
Published and © by Charlton, November 1974

Title: “The City Swallower”
Synopsis: A day at the beach gets complicated when E-Man crosses over to a dimension being threatened by a massive monster.

Writer: Nicola Cuti
Penciler: Joe Staton
Inker: Staton

Review: E-man is such a strange comic. It feels like an evolutionary offshoot; Golden Age superheroes could have evolved to read like this. Its appeal feels targeted to an older audience, without the self-seriousness so prevalent of the Bronze Age. Regardless, the series’ madcap adventures and cartoony art are a winner.

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Title: “Freedom’s Star”
Synopsis: Liberty Belle thwarts a Communist spy, then rockets to Skylab III in anticipation of a space pirate invasion.

Writer: Joe Gill
Penciler: Steve Ditko
Inker: Ditko

Review: Dated superheroics replace the ham-handed commentary of earlier backups scripted by Steve Ditko (see reviews of E-Man #2 and #4).

Grade (for the entire issue): B

Cool factor: It always feels like just about anything can happen in E-Man.

Notable: First appearance of Liberty Belle.

Character quotable: “We share a common, powerful threat to survival that makes war merely a parlour discussion.” – Peter, the other-dimensional man with a plan

Editor’s note: This review was written June 4, 2021.

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