CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN (1958) (#1-87) (DC) #50 - Descriptive Bibliography

Plot Synopsis: Challengers of the Unknown (1958) #50
First appearance of Villo. "Final Hour of the Challengers" is written by F.E. Herron and drawn by Bob Brown. DC's Challengers of the Unknown book went through three distinct phases in its initial 87-issue run. The first was pure sci fi adventure pulled from the fertile imagination of Jack Kirby and inspired by the big monster movies of the 1950s. The second was high-camp superhero silliness inspired by the success of the Batman TV series. The third thrust the fearsome foursome directly into the eerie and the supernatural to catch on to the 1970s fascination with the gothic and the occult.

This issue falls strictly into the second category replete with corny dialogue, hipster lingo and beatnik sentimentalities. In our story, the underworld gets together in a secret side room of an amusement park and plots the demise of the Challs. They hire Villo, the self-described World's Vilest Villain and his Brainex computer machine to do the job. Villo manages to capture Ace, Red, Rocky and Prof but accidentally turns Ace into a giant green monster who has it in for everyone, including Villo!

GCD Data

Title: Final Hour for the Challengers

Featuring: Challengers of the Unknown

Credits: France Herron (Script), Bob Brown (Pencils), Bob Brown (Inks).

Comic Creator Database

Publisher: DC ComicsTitle: CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN (1958) (#1-87) (DC)
IssueFairGoodVery GoodFineVery FineNear Mint
50 (24.00) 48.00 89.00 135.00 (225.00) (300.00)


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