Review: The Charlton Bullseye #5

Charlton Bullseye (1975) #5 cover
Cover by Alex Toth

The Charlton Bullseye #5
Published by CPL/Gang Publications and © by Charlton/, July-September 1976

Title: Untitled
Synopsis: The Banshee returns to take revenge on the Question, but ends up falling to his doom instead.

Writer (plot): Roger Stern
Writer (script): Michael Uslan
Artist: Alex Toth

Review: Roger Stern and future Batman movie producer Michael Uslan channel their best Randian Ditko for this fine done-in-one short story. The real joy, though, is seeing Alex Toth on the Question; the artist’s stark B&W work is perfect for this character. If only Charlton’s regular comics lineup were this strong.


Title: “The Man From Elsewhen”|
Synopsis: The heroes of Doomsday +1 team up with  40th-century refugee Stinson Tempest to battle futuristic yeti.

Writer: John Byrne
Penciler: Byrne and Joe Brozowski (splash page)
Inker: Byrne and Terry Austin (splash page)

Review: The conclusion of this unpublished Doomsday +1 adventure is all John Byrne – and it’s already obvious he’d be a star.

Grade (for the entire issue): A

Second opinion: Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition), 2003.

Cool factor: Previously unpublished Byrne Doomsday +1? Alex Toth on the Question? Why are we even having this discussion?
Not-so-cool factor: Sadly, this is the final issue of this incarnation of Charlton Bullseye (and the later version shouldn’t be mentioned in the same breath).

Notable: This issue also contains news about the era’s Charlton comics, an interview with Don Newton, features on Flash Gordon and the Phantom, a Doomsday +1 back cover by Neal Adams, and pinups or illos by Byrne, Dave Cockrum, Mike Netzer (as Michael Nasser) and Jack Abel, Newton, Carl Potts, Joe Staton, and Walter Simonson.

Character quotable: “Not until the courts close the loopholes in prosecution and plea-bargaining laws, will Americans be safe from punks like you – !!” – The Question, ever the subtle Randian

Editor’s note: This review was originally published by Comics Bronze Age on Feb. 19, 2010.

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