Saturday, February 21, 2015

Free Comic Book Download - Gallant Comics John Aman Amazing Man Issue One & More

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I admit that I'm a public domain super hero junkie, I read though on line scans of old classic comics and the various incarnations of these classics from Dynamite's efforts to Allen Moore's tackling of these classics.
Amazing Man was a product of Centaur Publications and he remains an old favorite.
According to Wiki- 
Amazing-Man (John Aman) is a fictionalAmerican comic book superhero whose adventures were published byCentaur Publications during the 1930s to 1940s in the Golden Age of Comic Books. Historians credit his creation variously to writer-artist Bill Everett[1] or to Everett together with Centaur art director Lloyd Jacquet.[2] Amazing-Manfirst appeared in Amazing-Man Comics #5 (Sept. 1939)
John Aman is an orphan from the West, chosen for his "superb physical structure" to be raised by benevolent monks in Tibet for the first 25 years of his life. Each member of The Council of Seven, as the monks are known, trained him to a superhuman degree of physical and mental ability, while also giving him the ability via a chemical solution to disappear into a cloud of green mist, earning him the secondary title of the Green Mist. After receiving his final tests, he is sent into the world to use his skills and abilities to do good. Opposing Aman, as he was often known, is his nemesis the Great Question, a disgruntled member of the Council of Seven.
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Which brings me to Gallant Comics a really nice partnership of old school talent which is doing a solid run of public domain super heroes in a new and really interesting series. Best of all you can read these comics on line for free and should you like them then buy them!
Issue one of  John Aman Amazing Man # 1, sets the stage by introducing our hero and vile villains along with some other old school classic characters to the Gallant Comics roster.
The art is very well done, the plot zips along at a rapid pace, and we're given a nice over arch to John Aman's world and associates. The characters are larger then life but given a twist of interesting reality to them. I do love the artwork as well. You can read all four issues on line and Gallant has done a really top notch job with these characters. I liked the direction and attention to the character's history as well.
These book are a labor of love and time, with some solid writing backing the comic up. There are a few Lovecraftian nods in the backdrop as well. And some appearance by some of my favorite Golden Age Super Heroes.
All in all this strong issue for a number one and I'm happy to have had the chance to check out some pretty top drawer comic books for free. 

Issue one is action packed, good old fashioned super hero fun, with a ton of really nice artwork, and a pretty interesting story line. My advice is to go check it and the rest of the issues out. If you like the material then buy the comic books and graphic novels. Gallant Comics  is worth your money in my humble opinion.
How Can They Do This? So What is Gallant Comics Anyway?
Well here's what Gallant Comics had to say about using public domain characters. 
Gallant Comics feature re-imagined versions of classic comic book characters from the Golden Age of Comics such as John Aman the Amazing Man, Dr. Vampire, The Hooded Horseman, The original Blue Beetle, Miss Mask, and many, many more.  In fact EVERY character with a speaking role in any issue of Gallant Comics is based on a character that originally appeared in a comic from the golden age!
How are we able to do this?  Lapsed copyrights.   Comics in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and even into the early 1960s  were published  under different (and in our opinion generally more  fair) copyright laws.   Back then copyrights had to be  properly noted, registered with the US Copyright office, and lasted for 28 years with an optional 28 year renewal available.   So if one followed all the rules and took advantage of the extension then a copyright could last for a total of 56 years after which the work entered the public domain.
In the future I'm going to be doing a bit more with Gallant Comics and a few more reviews of their excellent material in the months to come. Cheers folks!

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