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Post Sat Aug 27, 2005 6:05 am
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After I read it, I found out it really was over the top (!). After getting past that great cover by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, a fellow could easily find more than quite a few great stories. Here's my take on the contents of this great book:

1. "The Riddle of the Hun" (THE SHIELD); The book gets off to a great start with a prologue that recaps the events of PEP #29 (hint Shawn). Then it gets into a 3 part story that has the Shield and Dusty going to Mexico to find a hidden Nazi base only to run into a new uber-Nazi baddie called the Hun for the first of 3 memorable duels (not counting the duel with his equally wicked offspring). The prologue and part 1 were definately drawn by a different artist. But when Irving Novick came along for the final 2 parts, he delivered the goods in grand style by drawing them in his new Kirby influenced style.

In fact if one looks at the cover and this story, one could get the feeling that there might have been some involvement from Joe Simon and Jack Kirby on this issue. Ever since their creation of the mega-hot CAPTAIN AMERICA strip for Timely (now Marvel) Comics, every publisher (MLJ included) wanted to lure them over to work for them. Particularly after they quit Timely over a salary dispute and creative differences with publisher Martin Goodman. It seems that the people at MLJ planned to lure them over to take over the Shield (which could explain the redesign of the Shield's costume). That plan fell through, but not before they contributed the cover to SHIELD-WIZARD #7 and very likely helped plot this story with Harry Shorten (The character of the Hun could easily be a Captain America gone Nazi. Particularly if one notices that the Hun's chief weapon - a disc shaped shield - is similar to Cap's.). I could easily guess that they helped Irv Novick absorb their dynamic ideas about comic storytelling into his own style (just as he absorbed what fellow MLJ staffer Mort Meskin was doing earlier).

2. DUSTY; After that great story that kicked off this book, we get an offbeat story involving Dusty helping out a young girl trying to raise money to help her dad make his bail and clear himself. And all he has to do is play the drums. Once again Irv Novick does a bang-up job on the artwork.

3. "The Case of the Perfect Crime" (THE WIZARD); Here the Wizard and Roy tries to solve the murder of a critic by a playright who may have commited the perfect murder. An interesting how-does-he-catch-him featuring art by Paul Reinman.

4. THE WIZARD; In one of the most offbeat stories ever published, the Wizard tries to find a kidnapped Roy only to wind up in a place reminicent of Shangri-La 9from James Hilton's novel LOST HORIZON, not to mention Frank Capra's excellent film adaption of that novel). Another great story featuring the art of Paul Reinman.
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