Friday, July 18, 2014
Angel & Ape #2
Of all the quirky titles that DC published near the end of the Silver Age, this must surely be the oddest. Well, aside from Brother Power the Geek. This happens to be the only issue I own; I don't think I've even read another.
The talent is certainly first-rate: Sergio Aragones on the script and art by Bob Oksner and Wally Wood. Oksner is probably the least-known today of that trio, but in the 1960s he was DC's go-to guy on humor.
Apparently the premise of the series is that Angel O'Day and Sam Simeon are partners in a private investigation office, although in this issue there is no evidence of a client; they more or less function as law enforcement. Sam has another job on the side; he's a "cartoonist" for Brain Pix Comics, where his boss is the wacky and devious Stan Bragg (obviously intended as a parody of Stan Lee).
The plot is pretty simple: Someone has convinced the Bikini family (a group of circus performers with larceny in their hearts) to combine their forces:
Some of the humor in the series comes from the fact that very few people seem to realize that Sam is an ape:
Posted by Pat at 12:33 PM