Charlton vs Mighty MLJ

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

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

World's Wickedest Wednesdays: Ancient Adversaries Again!

The World's Wrinkly-est is more like it... as in King Kull the ancient Beast Man who's technological yet savage race was defeated in prehistoric times by the ingenuity of mankind. Awakening from suspended animation, the master of ancient sciences and physical brutality tried to subjugate modern man until he faced the Big Red Cheese, aka Captain Marvel! After a dozen attempts in the early 1950's upon his revival, Kull lied dormant until such time as he could seek his revenge upon his foes the Marvel Family. After assembling various thugs from three Earths, his ultimate goal of securing the Rock of Eternity almost succeeded until his trio of triumphant terrors, Cap, Mary and Cap Jr aided the combined heroes in a final assault on their wizened old opponent. After which, he was never more than a pawn of another villain, be it Doctor Sivana or Mister Mind.

Over at Charlton' Earth-Four, a more evocative and eloquent elderly evil was on display there, as Evila was revived by the Hooded One and transformed into a modern day threat. However, after but one case she was aged to ancient dust by Peter Cannon the Thunderbolt!

True, both were hairy and, ahem, busty, but definitely you'll want Evila instead of smelly old Kull crashing your party.



Eterno was a brilliant ruler of ancient pre-deluge Atlantis who, much like King Kull, brought technology into a modern era to clash twice with the Mighty Crusaders.
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In 1954, aspiring comic book publisher Charlton purchased the rights to several prominent characters from the expiring Fawcett Comics, such as Ibis, Golden Arrow and Lance O'Casey. In 1980 and 1985, DC Comics purchase Fawcett's Marvel Family then Charlton's Action Heroes, and the two were linked once more, now on parallel Earths, Four and Shazam.Now the MLJ has been added to their stable of characters, we examine the parallels in this series.

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