About time I got around to Marvel's merry mutants, isn't it? I could've sworn I'd done this one already. Anyway, here's issue 10, featuring the debut of Ka-Zar... or at least the Silver Age version of Ka-Zar!
The Way of the Geek makes it's triumphant (if short-lived) return with a spotlight on Steven Thompson, better known to many of you as Booksteve! I feel I should publicly apologize to Steve, given that he'd sent me his responses to my questions long ago, and somehow I managed to lose them, until he contact me after I'd posted back in February that I'd run out of willing subjects! Fortunately, he still had his answers, and provided a new copy to me, along with some updated information! And so, without further ado...
Original Appearances: Hong Kong Phooey (Hanna-Barbera, 1974-1976)
Other Appearances: Charlton comic series, a number of toys, including a board game.
Biography: Penry Pooch is the janitor at the police station. Neither Sgt. Flint (“Sarge”) or Rosemary the telephone operator have any idea that, in reality, Penry is really Hong Kong Phooey! Despite everyone's high opinion of him, however, Hong Kong Phooey is really a major screw-up, and the credit should really go to his sidekick cat, Spot. Phooey travels around in his “Phooeymobile,” and transforms into his alter ego by diving into a filing cabinet drawer (usually getting stuck in the process).
Powers: Hong Kong Phooey learned his martial arts skills (such as they are) from studying the book “Hong Kong Book of Kong Fu.”
Group Affiliation: None
Miscellaneous: Phooey was voiced by Scatman Crothers, who also sang the theme song for the program. Sgt. Flint was voiced by Joe E. Ross, better known as Gunther Toody of “Car 54, Where are You?” There were only 16 Hong Kong Phooey episodes produced.
Next up in this book is Toni Luck in “Jet Junction”! This story is credited to Glenn Dale – and again, I don't know if that's supposed to be the writer or the artist. The splash page pictures a gigantic Toni leaping through an even more gargantuan ring while she grabs at a bunch of jet aircraft!
In case you can't read the text, it says, “Shortly after our elation May 8, 1945, better known as V-E Day, the fate of major American Cities dangled on a weakening thread that was being woven into the somber pattern of DESTINY. At this same perilous time our plucky, TONI LUCK bravely started out with a sealed assignment from her editor... a mission too dangerous for government agents to fulfill... here is a breathless account of a one-gal invasion at JET JUNCTION!” Talk about your purple prose!
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