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Review: Showcase #91

Showcase #91 cover
Cover by Mike Sekowsky and Dick Giordano

Showcase #91
Published and © by DC, June 1970

Title: “Planet of Death”
Synopsis: Starker, a space bounty hunter, leaves his pleasure-satellite vacation to pursue three pirates to the planet Pheidos.

Writer: Mike Sekowsky
Penciler: Sekowsky
Inker: Vince Colletta

Review: Looking back through today’s social mores, “Manhunter 2070” is a strange brew of toxic masculinity and pro-colonialist mythmaking. But even by 1970s’ standards, this strip feels like a played-out kitbash of  “Star Trek,” “James Bond” and other 1960s’ franchises. Mike Sekowsky’s Alex-Toth-like art is quite nice, despite Vince Colletta’s inks.

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Title: “Space Duel”
Synopsis: Starker sets down on an uncharted planet and soon finds himself battling to the death on a gameshow.

Writer: Mike Sekowsky
Penciler: Sekowsky
Inker: Vince Colletta

Review: While the lead feature is short on concept, this two-pager could have used more room to breathe. Nice art, though.

Grade (for the entire issue): C+

Moon•Blob ad
An ad for Moon•Blob, from Showcase #91.

Cool factor: Mike Sekowsky as poor man’s Alex Toth is a good look. (And even Vince Colletta’s inks aren’t bad!)

Notable: Includes a one-page preview of the next issue with Mike Sekowsky art. … Also includes a “So You Want To Be a Cartoonist?” illustrated text feature by Joe Kubert. … This reviewer had never seen the ad for “Moon•Blob” before (Little Me feels so deprived).
Collector’s note: Beware, this issue contains coupons for a New Jersey amusement park.

Character quotable: “I guess I’m still an old-fashioned boy!” – Starker (why yes … yes you are)

Editor’s note: This review was written Sept. 27, 2021.

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