Comic Review: Lev Gleason Presents: Season 1, Issue 1 (Lev Gleason)

Lev Gleason Presents, a mega 80-page collection of stories, is being released by Lev Gleason’s Comics House. It’s described as a return to super-hero publishing after 75 years! While the […]

Lev Gleason Presents, a mega 80-page collection of stories, is being released by Lev Gleason’s Comics House.

It’s described as a return to super-hero publishing after 75 years! While the official title is ‘Lev Gleason Presents’, the most visual aspect of the front cover features the Silver Streak logo. There is a new story of this Golden Age hero, plus a reprint of one of his 1940s adventures inside.

The Silver Streak, a man of speed, originally created by Joe Simon and Jack Binder, is now written by Keith Champagne (Stranger Things) and illustrated by Stefan Tosheff (Minerva’s Map), who also contributes the front cover. The Silver Streak story is a fun one; the ‘boys’ are racing fast cars, and are deeply in debt. So they decide to tip the apple cart, throw caution to the wind, and gamble big on winning the big race. The visual style is a combo of retro Golden Age, with today’s explosive layouts and panel configurations.

There’s a lot more in this first issue: Captain Canuck appears in his own story, written by Ho Che Anderson (KING) and illustrated by Felipe Cunha (Cult Classic), with Donovan Yaciuk on colours. Lettering throughout the issue is by Andrew Thomas.

“Freelance” also figures into this action-filled issue: Andrew Wheeler (Wonder Woman) writes and Juan Samu (Black Panther) illustrates, with Vaneda Vireak colouring. Samu’s poses, figures, and action sequences are masterful. There is mass, weight, and proportion here, an ease and comfort that’s evident in Samu’s visuals.

Finally, an 11-page colour reprint from 1940’s Silver Streak #5 is written and illustrated by late fan favourite Jack Cole. It’s a fun retro-read 81 years later!

Lev Gleason’s Comic House, Lev Gleason Presents Season 1, Issue 1. $9.99 for 77 pages of content. Teen
Included in each issue are download codes for digital copies of each issue featured.

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!!