Saturday mornings are for cartoons and comics, or at least they were around our house as kids. In that tradition, starting today, each Saturday morning we'll highlight two or more comics that we're reading to kick off the weekend. Every comic we highlight here is available right here on VillainPaper, any time on any device! So check out today's offerings and then hit the "Join" button below or click here for some free reads!
Uncle Charlie's Fables #3
Who doesn't love a good old medievil rags-to-riches story? Uncle CHarlie's Fables featured not only pauper-to-prince yarns; lazy giants, swashbuckling pirates, lords and ladies, and of course fire-breathing dragons fill the pages of this Lev Gleason classic. Though short-lived (just five issues), Uncle Charlie's Fables featured some notable comic names. "Uncle Charlie" was Charles Biro of Daredevil fame, who illustrated the Fables covers and did the writing for the series. Many Fables were beautifully drawn by Hy Mankin, who would go on to illustrate DC's "The Flash" (which you might have heard of). One major recurring character was Peter Pester, a young lad with a knack for angering the King but accidentally saving the kingdom.
Issue #3 includes four stories - "Peter Pester Takes the Cake," "The Sculptor's Apprentice," "The Merry Wives of Scotland," and "Lady Two-Face," as well as the short text story "Daring Dudley Deer." Notable artists on this issue other than Mankin include Carl Hubbell on "Merry Wives" and Fred Kida on "Lady Two-Face."
Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion #1
The Captain Gallant comics series was a short-lived tie-in to the television show of the same name. The four issues showcased the adventures of the French Foreign Legion, a division of the French military in which foreign nationals were allowed to serve. Most stories featured the title character and his sidekick, Cully, battling crime and injustice in North Africa; in Issue #1, our heroes thwart a rigged camel race, a kidnapped American, and a robbery. The series also featured historical notes about the Legion, which was created by King Louis Philippe in 1831. Charlton Comics reprinted Issues #2, #3, and #4; according to the Grand Comics Database, stories in these issues were penciled by "Charles Nicholas," which was a pseudonymous house name that could refer to Chuck Cuidera or Charles Wojtkoski.