Charlton: The House of Bad Ideas

Charlton... DC and Marvel's sad little brother... Not quite up there with the greats? Or just not trying very hard? Presenting some more dodgy ideas from the little company that couldn't.

I have no doubt there used to be a market in boys' comics for car racing. Was that market enthusiastic at the prospect of reading a story where the "hotrod" is a 1920s "Little Eliminator"? We may never know.
Another interesting decision: Licensing a musical. Before Hallmark developed singing greeting card technology, I don't see how this could have worked. And if it's just the story of 1776, I'm pretty sure History is in the public domain. I certainly wouldn't have paid a licensing fee for it! Another terrible license: Hee Haw. Just what I've always wanted to read, a comic based on Laugh In's inbred cousin. (TV historian's note: Laugh In was pretty bad to begin with.) And we end on one of Charlton's later "horror" anthologies. The genius of this series was the highlarious pun in the title. "Weirwulf", get it? GET IT? Throw in a surfing ghost and you have a recipe for making an easy 40¢. So you call it (you may want to review further evidence by clicking the Charlton tag below). Did Charlton follow the Law of Least Effort, or is it actually hard work to reach this level of boneheadedness?


Anonymous said...

I think the only Charlton Comics I ever owned was an issue of Judo Master and The Six Million Dollar Man. The covers looked great, but the inside art was pretty bad...along with that incredibly cheesy looking lettering. It looked almost like something from a typewriter...which may actually be close to how it was done.

They were definitely the "comics of last resort" if you didn't see any DC or Marvel comics you liked.

Siskoid said...

Yeah, I own very few, and the good superhero stuff (Blue Beetle, etc.) I have are reprints under the Modern Comics banner.

That mechanical lettering indeed helped "cheapen" the material.

Funny thing is, most lettering today is mechanical. And I sometimes gets annoyed at the obvious fonts.

De said...

Hee Haw had a certain charm to it, but there's no way I'd buy a comic book based on it.

Anonymous said...

I agree with De.

I used to enjoy watching Hee Haw. I remember laughing quite a bit. I believe alot of the humor had sexual innuendo to it.

Of course it's all fuzzy in my memory, being seven or eight years old at the time...

Y'all have a good time, now!


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