Saturday, September 03, 2005

The Raider!

In an earlier post, we mentioned former Will Eisner student Alex Saviuk. This time we offer another former Eisner student/assistant, Mike Ploog, as we delve into the archives for an early seventies issue of ESQUIRE which featured unusual super-heroes designed by the hot young comics artists of the day including those STUDIO boys, Wrightson, Jones and (Windsor-)Smith. Intended as social satire, most of them are pretty to look at but fall flat. While we may revisit some of these later on, allow me to share with you now THE RAIDER by Mike Ploog. Although he never actually worked on THE SPIRIT, it is amazingly clear here that Ploog, then famous for Marvel's WEREWOLF BY NIGHT and GHOST RIDER (and later known as a film design artist) could've carried on that strip without anyone even noticing that it wasn't Eisner. Hey, wait a minute! DC is fianally reviving THE SPIRIT! Somebody call Ploog! Quick!


  1. Anonymous12:17 PM

    Hello. I just wanted to give a quick greeting and tell you I enjoyed reading your material.

  2. Anonymous2:09 AM

    Here's an answer to what happened to the Super Saturday Club. I was president of Marketing/70,Inc. and we created the Super Saturday Club concept for ABC-TV. The reason it was cancelled was political. It seems I think in Philadelphia, but it could have been another Eastern city, a group felt that it was discriminatory for ABC to charge kids money to belong to the club. So they demanded that all kids in the country that wanted to join do it for FREE. Well, needless to say ABC-TV couldn't afford that. So they cancelled the promotion.Refunded everyone's money. It's exciting to know you liked the promotion and great fun to see the pieces. I only have a couple of kits myself after all those years.