Doug: Welcome to another comic book covers challenge. Today it's not Mike S. (aka Martinex1) steering the ship, but Edo Bosnar. Edo has a nice riff on multiple ideas, so take it away!
Edo Bosnar: The inspiration for this one is the recent “Suggestions Unboxed” post about non-Big 2 comics. So today we’re going to be spending that hypothetical buck on a selection of Bronze Age comics not published by Marvel or DC. But additionally, no “kiddie” stuff, either: so no Archies, no funny animals, no friendly ghosts or sad sacks and especially NO Richie Rich. Nope, just serious and sophisticated fare for us today, the super-hero, action, horror, etc. comics vying for our attention on the spinner racks of the Bronze Age in that veritable sea of titles put out by the Big 2.
So here are your choices – since I’m sure many are not very familiar with these titles, I included some details on the contents obtained at the very useful Grand Comics Database. As usual, the price you pay is the one featured on the cover:
E-man (Charlton) no.2, $0.20, December 1973. Cover by Joe Staton, “The Entropy Twins” by Nicola Cuti and Joe Staton; back-up feature: “Enter Killjoy” by Steve Ditko.
Red Circle Sorcery (Red Circle) no. 9, $0.25, October 1974. Cover by Gray Morrow. “If I Were King” (by Marv Channing and Alex Toth), “The Devil’s in Borley!” (story and art by Pat Boyette), “The Goal is Death!” (by Marv Channing and Vicente Alcazar), “Come In and Meet the Piano Player” (by Marv Channing and Carlos Pino), and a text story, “The Journey” by Marv Channing, illustrated by Gray Morrow).
Destructor (Atlas/Seaboard) no. 1, $0.25, February 1975. Cover by Larry Lieber and Wally Wood.“The … Birth of a Hero” by Archie Goodwin, Steve Ditko and Wally Wood.
Phoenix (Atlas/Seaboard) no. 3, $0.25, June 1975. Cover by Frank Thorne. “The Day of the Devil” by Gabriel Levy and Sal Amendola; Back-up feature, starring the Dark Avenger: “The Rat Pack!” by John Albano, Pat Broderick and Terry Austin.
Tales of Evil (Atlas/Seaboard) no. 3, $0.25, July 1975. Cover by Rich Buckler. “Man-Monster!” by Tony Isabella, Rich Buckler (co-plotters), Gary Friedrich (script), Rich Buckler (pencils) and Mike Vosburg (inks). Back-up feature: “Vampire Killer Still at Large” by Gabriel Levy and Romero.
Tragg and the Sky Gods (Gold Key/Western) no. 2, $0.25, September 1975. Cover by Jesse Santos.“The Day the Earth Thundered” by Don Glut and Jesse Santos.
Demon Hunter (Atlas/Seaboard) no. 1, $0.25, September 1975. Cover by Rich Buckler.“The Harvester of Eyes” by David Anthony Kraft and Rich Buckler.
Magnus, Robot-Fighter (Whitman/Western) no. 42, $0.25, January 1976 [complete reprint of Magnus, Robot Figther no. 19 from August 1967].Cover by Vic Prezio (at least that’s who’s credited with the 1967 cover, which looks exactly like this one). “Fear Unlimited” by Russ Manning; back-up feature: “An Alien Phobia” by Russ Manning.
The Occult Files of Dr. Spektor (Gold Key/Western) no. 24, $0.30, February 1977. Cover by Jesse Santos.“Dragon Fire” by Don Glut and Jesse Santos.
Doomsday +1 (Charlton) no. 10, $0.35, January 1979. Cover by John Byrne. “Hidden Empire!” by Joe Gill and John Byrne (reprints the story from Doomsday +1 no. 4 from 1976).
Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom (Whitman/Western) no. 29, $0.50, October 1981. Cover by Dan Spiegle. “Li’Rae” by Roger McKenzie and Dan Spiegle; back-up feature: “The Steel-smashing Return of Magnus, Robot Fighter” by Roger McKenzie and Frank Bolle.
Charlton Bullseye (Charlton) no. 4, $0.50, November 1981. Cover by Larry Houston. “The Vanguards” by Larry Houston (art and story).