Charlton Spotlight

 CPBM   (Argo, 2000-2006)

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Starting off with a long profile of a Charlton institution, writer Joe Gill this issue continues Charlton Spotlight’s detailed exploration of one of comics history’s major “minor” publishers. According to a note from Editor Michael Ambrose, Gill wrote an estimated 52,000-plus pages of Charlton comics most of them uncredited stories in the company’s anthology titles or its licensed properties, from Konga to The Flintstones.

Mark Burbey chronicles the creation of Charlton’s most successful super-hero, Captain Atom, by Gill and frequent collaborator Steve Ditko. Other features spotlight the Blue Beetle’s Charlton runs, a look at text stories by Ramon Schenk, and a salute to the late Jim Aparo by Steve Skeates.

Skeates also provides a fascinating, intricately detailed, behind-the-scenes exposé of his collaboration with Ditko on the story “The Ultimate Evil,” from The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves #12. The Charlton Comics Checklist continues, and there’s a reprint of a 1958 science-fiction story from Space Adventures #25, with art by Ditko and story (probably) by Gill. Ambrose continues to perform an invaluable service by keeping Charlton alive through this thoughtfully written, nicely packaged publication.

—Timothy J. Wood

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  9/1/2000
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Look back at the career of Pat Boyette, known for his work on Classics Illustrated, Flash Gordon, Ghostly Tales, Blackhawk, and The Phantom; Features articles and interviews with Alex Toth, Steve Skeates, Bill Pearson, Don Magus; 48 pages  

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  6/1/2002
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Features articles and interviews with Bill Black, Ron Frantz, Joe Shuster, Pat Boyette; 40 pages  

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  9/1/2004
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Tribute to the memory of artist-writer Tom Sutton; Featuring articles and art by Steve Skeates, Nicola Cuti, Bill Pearson, Batton Lash, Jim Amash, Bhob Stewart, Steve Fiorilla and Stefan Petrucha; Interviews with Charlton/Gold Key/DC artist Jose Delbo and Archie artist Henry Scarpelli, plus remembrances of Jack Keller, Grass Green and Pete Morisi; 72pg, b&w  

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  10/1/2006
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Joe Gill talks to interviewer Jim Amash; Mark Burbey and Gene Phillips take in-depth looks at the origins of the Gill-Ditko action-heroes Captain Atom, Blue Beetle and The Question; Steve Skeates tells the story behind a story that began as a DC Phantom Stranger adventure and became a Charlton Dr. Graves tale with Marvel-ous overtones in’Graves Acting Strangely’; Detailed look at the 1970s Charlton’text stories experiment’ by Ramon Schenk and new installments of Nicola Cuti’s Weirdlings cartoons and Howard Davis’s With Pen & Brush  

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New E-Man and Michael Mauser stories; ca. 2008Nicola CutiJoe Staton, Steve Ditko, Tom Sutton

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 Nicola CutiJoe Staton, Steve Ditko, Tom Sutton

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 Nicola CutiJoe Staton, Steve Ditko, Tom Sutton

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Features interview with Willi Franz; 18 Pages of original comics features, including The First New Snuffy Smith Comic Book Story; ’Lip Stickup’ A New Atomic Rabbit Story By Legendary Charlton Editor/artist George Wildman; Ron Frantz’s ’charlton Memories’ Column; Gallery Of Charlton Convention Program Art; ca. 2015Nicola CutiTom Sutton