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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Solar #10 - A neat gimmick

Solar #10, published by Valiant Comics back in 1993, contained one of the coolest gimmicks in a gimmick-laden era. Triple-G recently brought in a bunch of Valiants to trade in, and I got to read (again) one of my favorite books from the early 1990s - SOLAR: MAN OF THE ATOM #1-10. The coolest thing about this comic was that each of the first ten issues had a bonus 8-page center section in each issue that retold SOLAR's origin, written by Bob Layton and drawn by a favorite artist of mine, Barry Windsor-Smith. The "cool gimmick" was that the center double-page spread of each of the "origin sections" was a piece of "the largest comic panel in history"... once all ten parts were accumulated, you could lay them side-by-side on the floor to see the last panel of the origin story! What an awesome concept. I remember puzzling over each section as the monthly comic appeared, and only finally getting it when the last piece fell into place. Here it is (SPOILER ALERT!):



Pretty cool, huh? Guess you'll have to go read it to see what all the fuss was about!

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3 Comments:

At 8/31/2008 10:51 PM, Blogger stymieresh said...

Spoiler of what? It just looks like a bunch of squiggly lines and stuff. Where's the EMBIGGENED photo?

 
At 9/01/2008 9:04 AM, Blogger amoorefan3 said...

is that a tie dye shirt?

 
At 9/01/2008 1:49 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Embiggen it on your desktop, I ain't wasting the bandwidth. Or buy the comics. (heh heh)

No, it's not a tie-dyed shirt! It's a climactic moment in a classic comic! Yeesh.

 

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