Sunday, January 22, 2012
Brave and Bold #1
The comic opens with the Golden Gladiator, by France Herron and Russ Heath. The GG only lasted for the first four issues, before the magazine converted to a complete medieval format with the addition of Robin Hood. Marcus is a young shepherd, falsely accused of attempting to kill a Roman noble. He is sentenced to the galleys as a slave, where:
Comments: Entertaining origin story and terrific art by Heath. Check out the design on Cinna's breastplate in that next to last panel above; just marvelous details. The plot bears quite a resemblance to the novel Ben-Hur, but unfortunately for the feature the famed movie featuring Charlton Heston was still a few years in the future. Trivia bit: Did you know that Ben-Hur was for many years the best-selling American novel of all time, until the publication of Gone With the Wind?
The issue continues with the Viking Prince. The story begins with a fishing skiff picking up a young warrior, nearly drowned in the sea. He has amnesia, but we quickly learn that he was the subject of an attempted assassination by a Viking lord named Thorvald.
The finale features Silent Knight. Brian Kent is a young prince whose father ruled jointly with Sir Oswald a kingdom "South of the Thames". Sir Oswald kills his father during a tournament, and there is strong indication that foul play was at work:
Comments: Kanigher and Irv Novick team up on this solid origin tale. Overall the issue was quite entertaining and it must have been at least moderately successful, as the swordfighting continued for the next four years.
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