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Post Sat Aug 27, 2005 7:03 am
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It's odd for me to be listening to a CD of a lesser-known British band from the 1960's (the CD in question is a copy of the self-titled debut album by the Move) while writting a review of a book that featured two great American superheroes of the 1940's, the Shield and the Wizard. But considering that Great Britain was an ally of ours during World War II, it's not a big issue. But the contents of Shield-Wizard Comics #9 are definately worth writing about. They were in another one of those great books that MLJ turned out with increasing regularity during the Golden Age. How great was it? If one could get past that cool cover, here's what you will find:

1. "The House That Time Forgot" (THE SHIELD); The book gets off to a great start with an interesting and very offbeat story when both Joe Higgins and Dusty stop into a strange house only to find themselves in a situation reminicent of what Mark Twain's Connecticut Yankee found himself in. Here they find themselves in the time of Richard the Lion Heart and are forced to go into action as the Shield and Dusty to save him from a plot against him by Prince John. The art is probably by Irv Novick with Clem Weisbecker or Harry Sahle inking (this is just a rough hypothoses).

2. "Tommy Michael; Boy Juvenile" (THE SHIELD); Here the Shield and Dusty get involved with trying to straighten out a juvenile delinquent who has a thing with stealing cars while trying to smash a hot car racket. The artwork looks suspiciously like that of either Bob Montana's or Harry Sahle's.

3. "The Lost Day" (DUSTY); Here's another offbeat story in this issue as Dusty wakes up one morning only to find out that he completely skipped one day. He ends up finding out that he had an unusual adventure on that lost day. Here Irv Novick delivers on the art.

4. "Tribe of the Urbangi's" (THE WIZARD); For the first of two Wizard stories in this issue, we get an interesting little locked room mystery as the Wizard tries to solve a murder involving a cursed knife. Paul Reinman delivers the goods on the art.

5. "Fashions for Murder" (THE WIZARD); Here the Wizard and Roy investigate the connection between a couturier shop and a gang of saboteurs. Once again, Paul Reinman delivers on the art. Watch for a very embarassing situation as the Wizard and Roy pursue one of the saboteurs into the shop.

6. SHIELD-WIZARD HALL OF FAME; An interesting little short feature involving a woman named Madge Coulter and her contribution to the War Effort. She was the woman who tested the Jeeps that came off the assembly line. This story also tells of how she held break up a gang of tire thieves as well.

Putting it all together, Shield-Wizard come off as another one of those great books that MLJ was putting out during the Golden Age. It's worth reading again and again, no matter what you're listening to when you read it.
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