Nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes and occasional grounds in your cup of joe. “Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don’t have brains enough to be honest.” Benjamin Franklin was a man of many talents, not the least of which was being one of the founding fathers of the United States of America. Most of us are familiar with his exploits as a diplomat, a statesman, a scientist (think of kites) and a postmaster. What they didn’t teach in my history books, however, was how much he was a ladies man. In today’s scintillating story, the Master of the Mystic Arts, Doctor Stephen Strange, comes face to face with “The First American” in an adventure which began in the previous issue, Doctor Strange #17. The Sorcerer Supreme and his lovely companion, Clea, traveled backward in time to investigate a tome which theft from his Sanctum Sanctorum was thwarted – a tome named “New Atlantis”, by Sir Francis Bacon! Coinciding with the U.S. Bicentennial, the attempted theft of a text written by one of America’s most influential statesmen and philosophers is too much of a coincidence. Thus, our hero and heroine ride the sorcerous […]
VIOLENCE NEVER SOLVES ANYTHING (except for crossword puzzles where the answer is “violence”) What do you do when your comics, which are mainly sold by newsstands, become too much trouble for too little profit by those same vendors? Simple, you reprint old material, blow it up to enormous proportions and slap a price tag on it more than five times the cost of a single issue! Now, you know my style pretty well by now, my fellow front-facer, so there’s no question that I like to write about comics with profound pontifications, filled with meaningful metaphors or beaming with evocative eloquence.