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Review: Charlton Bullseye #1

The Question and Blue Beetle team to rescue Beetle’s Bug from the clutches of the Enigma. This Charlton experiment with free labor isn’t a total debacle, but the work of writer Benjamin Smith (with “A. Committee” and “Anon O. Mouse”) and artists Dan Reed and Al Val isn’t quite ready for prime time.

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Review: The Southern Knights #3

An assassin comes after the Southern Knight’s new benefactor, leading the team to bust a local drug operation. This first comic-book-sized issue of The Southern Knights is a major step down from their earlier outings. By Henry Vogel, Audrey Vogel, new artist Michael Morrison and others.

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Review: Phoenix #4

A second group of aliens stop Phoenix’s suicide attempt, turn him into the Protector and send him to battle a cyclops. A victim of the dreaded Atlas-(Seaboard)-last-issue revamp, this outing by the new creative team of Gary Friedrich and Ric Estrada is pretty much a bust.

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Review: Spider-Man: Christmas in Dallas

In Dallas on a photo assignment, Peter Parker soon finds himself swinging into action to thwart the Kingpin’s Christmas plot. This promotional comic from the Dallas Times Herald – by the team is Jim Salicrup, Alan Kupperberg and Mike Esposito – is not much of a holiday treat.

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Review: The Grim Ghost #3

When Hell comes under siege from the demon Brimstone, the Grim Ghost finds himself coming to the aid of Satan. A silly story from Tony Isabella – but not a bad one. The same can not be said for the art, a subpar outing from the usually talented Ernie Colón.

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Review: Arion, Lord of Atlantis #1

Trapped on a dead world in his astral form, Arion lies helpless as his ancient mentor battles the Star-Spawn. Readers hit the ground running and never get the chance to get settled in this difficult series debut from co-creators Paul Kupperberg and Jan Duursema.

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Review: Creepy Things #1

On a stormy night, a young man hitches a ride from a vampire – and lives to tell the tale! The lead feature is one of four sub-par stories from the likes of Enrique Nieto, Dick Piscopo and, thankfully, Tom Sutton (who also crafted that excellent cover!)

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Review: Americomics Special #1

The action heroes of the Silver-Age Charlton universe join together to stop the Manipulator and assorted other big bads. This one-off from the team of Dan St. John and Greg Guler would be an above-average fanzine but falls short as a professional comic-book outing.

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