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Friday, November 14, 2014

Number 1657: Misery loves company

Airboy fought humans (wartime and postwar), aliens from space and supernatural villains during his career. In the latter category none was more eerie (or odd) than Misery, who debuted in this issue, Air Fighters Comics #12 (1943).

This is the origin story of Misery and his Airtomb. It is credited by the Grand Comics Database to Harry Stein for writing, and Fred Kida for the artwork.















Another story of Misery (and the sexy Valkyrie!) can be found here by clicking the thumbnail.

12 comments:

Ryan Anthony said...

Yes, Air Boy...some things do seem daffy...like this story, for instance.
Nice art, though.

Darci said...

Hi Pappy,
I must have lost track of why Pierre Duray was important to the story?
Calcutta is nowhere near the Himalayas (in fact, it's a swampy area next to a river). The Black Hole was a prison cell. This version reminds me of the burning pit in the 1964 film The Last Man on Earth, or the so-called Door to Hell in Derweze, Turkmenistan.
Thanks!

Pappy said...

Darci...as far as I can tell Duray became Misery, although it really isn't clear why.

And thanks for locating Calcutta for us. We'll learn not to trust comic book geography lessons.

Pappy said...

Ryan, and yet as daffy as the story is, in my opinion it doesn't approach the story of Airboy and the blind Vikings.

Ryan Anthony said...

Quite right, Pappy. "I must fight the food gulls my own way...by falling to my death!" Brilliant.
BTW, I've been reading this blog casually for several years, but only recently became a devoted Pappyite. I'm working my way through all the old posts I missed. What I really love about your blog is your commentary combined with your professionalism. Mucho kudos.

Kirk said...

So Misery is defeated by a good right hook? Supernatural entities aren't what they're cracked up to be.

Are the German's leaving because they're allied with Misery, or, unlike the RAF, they're merely smart enough to leave the ghoul alone?

Pappy said...

Kirk, I thought there was a law that said that in a comic book punches must be thrown. The fact the punch landed on a supernatural being makes no difference. The law must be obeyed.

Pappy said...

Well, Ryan...thanks. I am glad to hear that someone actually reads what I write, and that they like it. I appreciate the egoboo.

7f7f3e2a-4856-11e4-900a-bb8e57f8828f said...

Pappy, you are absolutely correct: in comics, punches must be thrown. It's a RULE.

The writers just let it rip with gonzo metaphors in Airboy comics. I think they were writing in their sleep —dream journals (a.k.a. Airboy plot notebooks) at the bedside. Mighty fine. I just got wowed by the Airboy and the eyeless Vikings comic which I missed earlier this year. Confounded satisfaction. Thanks for bringing the magic to our attention.

Pappy said...

7f7, which reminds me...I have my second eye surgery this week. I have every confidence it will go successfully. But if not I shudder to think what this blog will look like if I do it like those blind Vikings' attempts at painting their houses.

7f7f3e2a-4856-11e4-900a-bb8e57f8828f said...

Good luck with the eye surgery, Pappy. May your vision improve fine. No going eyeless on us.

Pappy said...

Thanks, 7f7. Luckily it is an easily corrected problem and I will be back hacking away at this blog in the blink of an eye.