Monday, March 10, 2008

The Green Lama Club



Here's a 1942 ad for the GREEN LAMA CLUB, yet another tool to see just how many kids were buying that character's comic. Based on a radio hero who was, in fact, a rip-off of THE SHADOW, THE GREEN LAMA comic was known for having more adult art and stories than most comic books of the day (often by the great Mac Raboy) but nonetheless did not stand the test of time. The good news about that, though, is that it made the character ripe for Alex Ross's current WATCHMEN-style revival of the now public domain second and third strings heroes of the Golden Age, PROJECT SUPERPOWERS. Strongly Recommended!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Actually, the comic preceded the radio series, and in fact the comic had ceased production by the time the character came to radio in 1949. (See the wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Lama.)

I haven't seen the new Alex Ross version but I'm looking forward to it!

Dr. OTR

Booksteve said...

Thanks for the correction! The few episodes I've heard were so creaky that I felt they had to have been late thirties vintage so I didn't check dates!

Steven Rowe said...

the comic was based on the pulp stories though. Without looking it up, I think the stories appeared in Double Detective.