Monday, September 29, 2008
Read: The Brave And The Bold #36.1
Issue: The Brave and The Bold #36
Title: "Strange Spells of the Sorcerer"
Published Date: June/July 1961
Generation: Silver Age Katar
Retcon Status: Changed Generations
Summary: Mavis Trent makes a minotaur appear accidently when she reads an incantation from an ancient relic. Later, the weirdness continues when Hawkman and Hawkgirl encounter and battle a legendary Phoenix in the skies over Hawk Valley. The monsters are stealing items which, when combined, can be used to cast a powerful spell to give a sorcerer amazing powers. But, local occult expert Konrad Kaslak dismisses this theory, saying that the monsters are just illusions created to cover the thief's tracks. Hawkman and Hawkgirl don't buy it, and do battle with more monsters including a dragon, some centaurs, and Medusa herself, before finding the would-be wizard: Kaslak himself. The Hawks put an end to his magical ways and recover the artifacts. Unconvinced, Hawkman and Hawkgirl attempt to intercede before the remaining two objects are also acquired, by battling a dragon, centaurs, and Medusa, as they deduce that Kaslak is the would-be sorcerer. They arrive just in time to prevent his spell from succeeding.
Review: A pretty unremarkable story, considering. Kaslak is not compelling as a villian and there is little sense of threat to the Hawks from him. The monsters summoned by him are more interesting, at least. Mavis Trent continues to give the Silver Age Lois Lane a run for the money in the "bumbling girl" department. Perfectly servicable "non-cover" story for the era, but not as high quality or memorable as similar stories -- such as those featuring the Flash from the same general time period.
Image: The Brave and The Bold #36, 1961, Joe Kubert.