Charlton vs Mighty MLJ

Two parallel universes from two silver age comic book publishers examined ad naseum!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Team-Up Tuesdays: More on our Obscure Teams!

Let's once more revist two grovy gangs of good guys from the mid-60's, which we had discussed earlier, the T.H.U.N.D.E.R Agents and the Sentational Sentinels of Justice. First the highflying Helio and Raven:

Both men wore special gear that allows them to fly. While Helio was all around good guy Rick Strong, natural born leader of the Sentinels, Raven was one time con artist Craig Lawson, who finds the Agents' heroic ways rubbing of on him.

Meanwhile, a pair of mentally powered rogues were waiting in the wings (no pun intended) to frustrate our noble teams, Menthor and Mind-Bender.

Due to the device he wore, Menthor (John Janus) eventually turned good, first while wearing it and later it influenced him full time. Mind Bender (identity unknown) apparently never had a compulsion towards the welfare of his fellow man, either before or after his accident.
Helio soon clashed with Mind-Bender after this mad man brainwashed Brute. During the course of a lengthy battle, gravity got the better of Bender leading to a gruesome demise for the arch villain.

Menthor however met his ultimate fate valiantly warning his allies of a death trap, showing his heroic spirit.


Years later, he apparently returned via a residual mental presence housed inside his helmet, now worn by a mysterious new heroine as Menthor.

While Helio's further adventures, if he had any, were left unchronicled, Raven returned years later alongside his T.H.U.N.D.E.R. compatriots to battle an early 80's alien invasion then return to relative anonymity. Next week we will touch on the fascinating connection of these teams to our publishers!

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