Wednesday, June 14, 2017

In the Age of Men who could fly

COMMENTARY 6/14/2017
By Alex Ness

In the days when human flight was young, writers and artists, filmmakers and dreamers imagined the tales of men who could fly, and save their world.


From Penny-Farthing Press, Captain Gravity is a black male in Hollywood of the 1930s.  He acquires the mystical Element 115.  With it he is able to control gravity.  Thus, he is able to fly and more.  In the 1930s the Nazis seek the Element 115, and this work touches upon the difficulty of being black in pre-civil rights era America.  The war with the Nazis brings a contrast between overt racism and subtle.  Either way, the story of Captain Gravity is fun.


The 1930s and 1940s movie serial KING OF THE ROCKETMEN is adapted by Innovation. Taking clues from the original, King of the Rocketmen expands upon the themes.  The world of King of the Rocketmen is filled with intrigue, jealous thieves of technology, and murder.   The work is delightfully beautiful. 


From Pacific comics, Comico, and later Dark Horse and others, Rocketeer is a return to fun versus the dark comics of its era.   Cliff Secord discovers a stolen rocket pack.  He becomes the Rocketeer, and turns around his fortunes.  But doing so, invites intrigue, attention, and danger. Who knows who might be interested, but at the least there are Feds, Nazi spies, and more.  Less serious than it is fun, this is pure adventure.

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