Charlton vs Mighty MLJ

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

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Team-Up Tuesdays: Watchmen's !mpact #3


Two second generation teams were formed in the veneer universes based on MLJ/Mighty and Charlton Comics, and these were the characters that readers primarily associated with the Watchmen and !mpact comic series. Each team was composed of very similar elements.


There was the government agent, the eerie animal, the gutsy heroine, the temperamental elemental, etc. While the Crusaders had  a core of four: the flaming Fireball, the superstrong Shield, the flying Fly and the jungle-lass Jaguar, they also had others assisting them including  the faceless Black Hood , the  cosmic Comet and "the Web" team.


The Crimebusters also had a composition of divergent individuals such as Ozymandias, Captain Metropolis, Nite-Owl II, Silk Spectre, Rorschack, Comedian and Doctor Manhattan. Each filled a niche necessary to make their teams interesting. However, while the Crusaders took off to have a modest career, the Crimebusters self-imploded from the start. They were attempting to carry forward the legacy of their predecessors of the Minutemen and American Crusaders. They didn't quite succeed, however.

And yet, these Watchmen persisted and paired off into more manageable teams. And the Crusaders would themselves face a crucible that would challenge their resolve! Which we'll learn more about next week.

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