Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Friday, August 26, 2022

TOR #4 (JULY 1954)

 Created by Joe Kubert, Tor was a prehistoric cave man in a world of a million years ago still inhabited by dinosaurs.  With his pet monkey, Chee-Chee, Tor faces danger on a daily basis in a world of violent monsters.  Created in 1953 for the September issue of 1,000,000 Years Ago from St. John Comics, Tor's second issue -- retitled 3-D Comics (#2) -- Tor became on of the first comic book characters to appear in 3-D form; the issue appeared i two versions, dated October and November 1953.  The third issue of the cmic book dropped the 3-D formt and changed the title to Tor.  Two more issues appeared before the title was cancelled.

In 1959, Kubert and Carmine Infantino attempted to sell Tor as a syndicated daily comic strip but were unsuccessful.  DC Comics pubished six issues of Tor from 1974 to 1975, and Marvel Comics Epic imprint published an original four-issue miniseries by Kubert (who had maintained the rights to the character) in 1986.

Some great Kubert art and story-telling here.  Kubert also breaks the fourth wall at times in this issue, discussing the back ground of the stories, introducing another story, and shilling for his his comic art school, Scholart Institute.


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