Friday, June 1, 2007

Adventures of Bob Hope #106

Adventures of Bob Hope #106 (On Sale: June 1, 1967) has a nice cover by Neal Adams. This is Neal's first cover for DC; soon he would be doing 30-40% of the covers in a given month. But this cover is special, and not just because it is Neal's first cover. There is something else unique about this Adams cover, something that is different than all the other Adams covers at DC. Can you tell me what it is?

"Badger's Baby Brother -- Beastley" is written by Arnold Drake and drawn by Neal Adams. Now I've read the book, but I don't know who all these people are, so I'm a bit confused. I did find this on Wikipedia, which explained some of the characters:
Tadwallader Jutefruce is the meek and nerdy nephew of Bob Hope, and a student at Benedict Arnold High School (a school populated by Universal Horror-style monsters). Whenever he gets angry, mild-mannered Tadwallader turns into the super-powered Super-Hip. Super-Hip's outfit resembles a 1960s Carnaby Street Mod, complete with ruffled shirt, velvet jacket, and Chelsea boots (with winged ankles, similar to the Sub-Mariner). He also magically acquires an acoustic guitar. Tadwallader has no memory of his time as a superhero; the only one that knows of his secret identity is his pet dog, Harvard Harvard. Super-Hip's "battle-cry" was "Blech to Lawrence Welk!"

Super-Hip appeared regularly in The Adventures of Bob Hope from issue #95 until the title's final issue, #109 (February/March 1968). Super-Hip's sole non-Bob Hope appearance was in Doom Patrol vol. 1, #104 (June 1966), as a guest at the wedding of Elasti-Girl and Mento. The story was scripted by Arnold Drake.
Edited by Murray Boltinoff.

For those who wondered what Neal Adams' humor work looked like, take a gander:




1 comment:

jldel said...

Something special about this cover: This issue marks the first vampire character on a comic book cover since the comic code went into effect in 1955