Review: The Golden Age Spectre Archives, Vol. 1

The Golden Age Spectre Archives, Vol. 1
The Golden Age Spectre Archives, Vol. 1 by Jerry Siegel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This volume’s usually priced through the roof, but I finally managed to snag a cheap copy, and it’s not disappointing. The Spectre, for those not in the now, is basically the vengeful right hand of the Almighty herself, having previously been hard-nosed police detective Jim Corrigan. Corrigan was allowed to come back after his murder to right wrongs in an never-ending battle with evil.

These tales are all by the creative team of Jerry Siegel and Bernard Bailey. Siegel, of course, is half of the team that created Superman, and Bernard Bailey was responsible for Hourman over in Adventure Comics. The strangeness of these old stories are definitely part of the fun, as these pre-Comic Code adventures can get a bit macabre, with the Spectre allowing a suspect to be eaten and swallowed by a far-flung space reptile, or causing one to melt like an icicle.

Great artwork and good stories for the era, this is an excellent read!

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