A great take on some old comic book heroes that many might remember but haven’t been published regularly since the late forties.
Nedor, for the uninitiated, was one of the comic imprints of Standard Publications back in the day, responsible for comics like Exciting Comics, Startling Comics, the Black Terror, the Fighting Yank, and America’s Best Comics. Besides the forementioned Terror and Yank, Pyroman, Captain Future, the American Crusader, the Grim Reaper and Madame Masque were spotlight stars in many of the books.
Nearly all of the Nedor characters have since lapsed into the public domain, and have actually been used by other companies; Project Superpowers and Terra Obscura have been the more well-known examples of this. This particular book reprints some adventures of Bill Black’s Femforce that utilized the characters, created by noted animator and good-girl art master Will Meugniot.
There are some new characters added, like PyroGirl, Candi Future and the Thought Collective, many set up as the children of the original heroes (many of which are still active). The story, besides being a showcase for Meugniot’s artwork, is actually a pretty good tale – very modern (though set in 1965) and having all the aplomb of those original comic book tales of the forties. And if good-girl art is on your list of guilty pleasures … well, Will Meugniot is right up there with Dave Stevens on that point.
My only complaint: It ends in the middle of the second story arc. Now I’m either gonna have to search out some Femforce issues (which I was amazed to find was still being published intermittently) or wait for the next collection!