Comic Review: Super Weird Heroes Vol. 2: Preposterous But True (IDW)

It’s ‘preposterous but true’, Craig Yoe has released the second volume of Super Weird Heroes with IDW! Volume 2 is lengthy and jammed full of lightly restored Golden Age stories. […]

It’s ‘preposterous but true’, Craig Yoe has released the second volume of Super Weird Heroes with IDW!

Volume 2 is lengthy and jammed full of lightly restored Golden Age stories. We get the thrill of experiencing the wackiest of narratives, with heroes such as AirMale, the biology professor who invents a flight fluid that gets into his blood. Oh, and Stampy, his sidekick!

Or Barry Kuda, and HIS sidekick Algie, who fight underwater bad guys. There’s Black Dwarf, The Doll Man, (a precursor to Ant-Man), the Ferret, and many many more!

It really is great fun to see how these heroes fight for individual freedoms, punch out armed goons and celebrate their eccentricity in such a colorful way. The refreshing thing to me is their pure enthusiasm; the Golden Age of comics was a time without cynicism and antiheroes snarling and griping. These men and women with their oddball names and origins are pure of heart, darn it!

Each story has a page of introduction preceding it; Craig Yoe tells us about the hero’s creator and some of the history of his or her appearances. In fact, there is even a list of comic series’ where the hero appeared. The story pages look as if you are reading the actual issues they were printed in; some colour register issues occur from time to time, but nothing affects the legibility.

Check out the Preface by Yoe, and the introduction by Gene Simmons of the rock group KISS!

IDW, Super Weird Heroes Volume 2, $39.99 for 334 pages of content. Assume all ages or teen rating

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!