Green Lama: Volume One
Sometimes, archive editions come are not all that we expect. When collectors look at spending $49.99 on a collectible book, if the original art didn't transfer well, or the coloring was too pixelated, it does not rank high on our scales of value.
In the case of "Volume One, the Green lama" from Dark Horse, this is not the case. This book is unusual In a couple of respects. Firstly, only the first four issues are reprinted in their entirety, ads included. Hey, if I was a kid, I might join the Green lama club too and learn to perform baffling magic tricks! Only ten cents too. The back up features, Angus MacErc by Perry Williams, The Boy Champion by Al Bare, Lieutenant Hercules by H Gold, and Rick Masters by Ira Turner. The byline on the book is `featuring the art of Mac Raboy'. Clearly, his work is the best and the Lama looks spectacular. If we compare his craftsmanship to modern art, it would still hold up well. For art from 1944, his realistic style is remarkable. Al Williamson, and Leonard Starr , with all of their photo realistic talent, are moderately close (beyond) to this golden age icon.
Storywise, the issues are very interesting. The Green lama, Jethro Dumont, tackles the `Court of Crime', the '10,000 Idea', and the amusing `Riddle of Toys'. With this character, the very spiritual nature of the hero makes him unique. The radio series based on the character was just as entertaining as well. Angus MacERC is a riotous character seemingly based on the Super Imp, Mxy. Rick Masters is `just' another character, but with the complete comic, any of the features do not become monotonous.
The 2nd volume should be just as good, and I anticipate it with monastic mantras.