Sunday, 31 January 2016
ATLAS/SEABOARD COMICS COVER GALLERY - PART FIVE...
One factor that may have led to ATLAS/SEABOARD
titles burning out so quickly was that, originally, boss MARTIN
GOODMAN intended to release only about five new colour comic-
books (plus some b&w mags), but changed his mind at the last min-
ute and ordered around 20. Having to suddenly come up with that
many new titles doesn't really lend itself to ensuring a high-quality
product, and another probable factor was the change of direc-
tion in some titles after only the first or second issue before
the sales figures had come in on the earlier ones.
If Goodman hadn't been so consumed with a desire for
revenge against CADENCE for the way they'd treated his son,
he may have approached matters with a wiser, cooler head, and
had a better chance of being a serious contender. As it was, some
of the titles were dreamt up a little too hastily, and tried too hard to
look like what was already on the stands by other publishers. The
irony is, of course, that had Cadence/Marvel not dispensed with
Goodman Jr.'s services, then it's most unlikely that Goodman Sr.
would've felt motivated to re-enter the publishing world and
Atlas (Mark 2) would never have been born.
You can all make up your own minds on whether that
would've been a good or a bad thing, but, personally, I'm
glad we got to see The GRIM GHOST. That's the only title
I thought showed promise and I wish it'd got a longer run than
it did. Thing is, you can't kill a ghost, so who knows? He may
come back to haunt us one day. (He's already had another
stab at it, you know - back in 2010.)
Part six coming soon. Feel free to share your thoughts
and feelings in our ever-lovin' comments section.
Posted by Kid at Sunday, January 31, 2016