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Dr. Wonder #5
posted December 27, 2005
David Allikas, Dick Ayers, Irwin Hasen
Old Town Publishing
Watching Eddie Bracken romance Carol Channing on an episode of The Love Boat
isn't the same thing as watching Bracken do Preston Sturges or Channing lord it over a broadway stage. Celebrating one-time solid performers with limited range seems to be the point of Dr. Wonder
, a magazine featuring self-professed old-time comics stories drawn by talents like Dick Ayers and Irwin Hasen.
This issue marks Dr. Wonder
going quarterly, with articles about old comics supplementing the work of the actual comics. Both have an extremely limited appeal -- articles about the Beatles' appearance in comics are the kind of thing that the small number of people who like these thing have probably already read elsewhere. The comics are just pretty awful; stiff re-workings of the hoariest of old comics cliches. I can't imagine why you wouldn't be better served just buying the actual comics from the '60s that these approximate.
This magazine made me sad.
This review was written in the late 1990s as part of a then-ongoing freelance gig; I apologize if it reads oddly or seems incomplete.