World’s Finest Comics #204
Published and © by DC, August 1971
Title: “Journey to the End of Hope!”
Synopsis: Superman and a depowered Wonder Woman are swept into the future as a mechanical being tries to save the past.
Writer: Denny O’Neil
Penciler: Dick Dillin
Inker: Joe Giella
Review: Underneath that gorgeous Neal Adams cover is a subpar story full of weak sci-fi tropes, awkward sexual (and sexist) tension, and dated slang such as “grotties” and “feebs.” While strangely enjoyable, this isn’t writer Denny O’Neil’s best outing. The art by Dick Dillin and Joe Giella is serviceable.
Title: “The Guardians of the Clockwork Universe!”
Synopsis: Captain Comet is recruited by a secret organization to stop an evil plot that imperils the universe.
Writer: John Broome
Penciler: Murphy Anderson
Inker: Sy Barry
Review: An enjoyable but inconsequential reprint from 1952’s Strange Adventures #22, featuring above-average art from Murphy Anderson.
Title: “The Rogue of 1,000 Ropes!”
Synopsis: The Green Arrow and Speedy tangle with the Roper, a murderous villain with a penchant for, well, ropes.
Artist: George Papp
Review: A silly villain brings little menace to what reads like a rejected Batman script (reprinted from Adventure Comics #176).
Grade (for the entire issue): C
Cool factor: That stunning Neal Adams cover.
Not-so-cool factor: Not much else, really.
Notable: This issue contains a “The Weird World of Aurora” ad featuring Vampirella.
Character quotable: “Diana … in another second or so, I’ll feel like kissing you – .” Superman, super awkward
A word from the editorial director: “We would like to thank you for buying this DC magazine even though it has cost you more than usual. But the fact that you bought it is what turns us on.” – Carmine Infantino, explaining the jump in cover price to 25¢, from an open letter to readers in this issue
Editor’s note: This review was originally published by Sequential Reaction (Vol. 1) on Feb. 17, 2016.