Robert Kanigher comic
All-American Western (1948) #103 continues from All-American Comics (1939) #102.All-American Western (1948) #126 continues to All-American Men of War (1952) #127.
Rex the Wonder Dog leaped into comics with his own bi-monthly series, kicking off with an adventure following the "Trail of the flower of evil" written by Robert Kanigher and drawn by Alex Toth. Possibly named after a canine silent movie star of the 1920s, Rex the Wonder Dog had been selected by a U.S. Army doctor to be test subject for super soldier serum which gave him incredible strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. After serving in WWII and Korea, the white German Shepherd came home with his handler Major Dennis and embarked upon a 46 issue run of heroic adventures, ranging from serving as a small town sheriff to bullfighting and solving interstellar crimes.
Genre: Slice of Life
With the Comics Code Authority relaxing its decades long stance on censoring the use of monsters and the undead in mainstream comics, DC placed an emphasis on the horror of combat with "Weird War Tales." The hybrid genre series was hosted by death, who appeared in new military garb every issue to present gritty tales of combat with overtones of suspense, science fiction, and paranormal activity. Produced by a who's who of war comic greats, including series editor Joe Kubert, writer Robert Kanigher, and artists Alex Toth and Russ Heath, the series' 124-issue run also introduced readers to cult favorites like the Creature Commandos.
The Golden Gladiator stars in "The Thunder of the Chariots!" (art by Russ Heath), the Viking Prince stars in "Battle for the Dragon Ship" (art by Joe Kubert), and the Silent Knight stars in "Duel in Forest Perilous!" (art by Carmine Infantino).
When sales of both Atom & Hawkman were on the slide, the two comics combined, continuing number wise where the Atom left off. Running for 7 issues, the comic sometimes featured our heroes in a team up and at other times they were in seperate adventures. Continues from The Atom.In 2010, DC resurrected the series for a single issue tied-in to the Blackest Night event, #46.
Sensing the Metal Men's depression over Platinum's absence, Magnus had suggested taking the Jetaway out for a ride. Soaring over the city, Magnus spied meteorites plummeting into a giant gas storage tank. The meteorites' impact caused a massive explosion. Magnus, and the Metal Men, were pitched out of the Jetaway. Holding onto Mercury, Magnus was carried back up into the Jetaway. Tin attempted to seal the burning gas tank. The gas, though, burned hotter than Tin's melting point, reducing the humble Metal Man to slag. Lead also tried to seal the blazing container, and met the same fate. Iron and Gold were able to seal the tank, but both suffered horrendous damage.
Sgt. Rock and a private named Tony go ashore at Anzio, Italy. The two scout ahead and Tony and Sgt. Rock head toward Tony's childhood town Sezze, only to find out that Tony's older brother Sal is the Fascist mayor and he is married to Therese, Tony's childhood sweetheart.
Ragman's debut was, like the shabby vigilante himself, an underrated gem. Writer Robert Kanigher's origin of the frayed hero was pieced together into moody, coarse segments by Joe Kubert and Nestor, Frank and Quico Redondo. Vietnam veteran Rory Regan's father and three friends were electrocuted by gangsters after uncovering stolen millions in a mattress. Rory tried to pull them to safety and the electrical current transferred their strength and skills into him. Donning an outfit of rags, the "Tatterdemalion of Justice" was born. However, the series ran for only 5 issues.
The series began as Our Army At War and although in time the title began to display the tag-line featuring Sgt. Rock, it wasn't until the series had lasted 301 issues that it was re-named to Sgt. Rock.
One of the most prominent features of G.I. Combat is the Haunted Tank, a crew of soldiers led by Jeb Stuart and the ghost of a deceased Confederate General only he can see.
In 1986-87, DC comics would published a new series, Elvira's House of Mystery. It would last 11 issues plus a special. The series was a quasi-follow up towards the original series, with famed horror movie hostess Elvira temporarily taking over the job as caretaker of the House of Mystery, introducing horror stories similar to the original series.