Before we begin today's post, let's remember the great contributions of Dick Giordano, who recently passed away but left behind some great contributions to this hobby of ours we love so much.
So okay, I agree this is getting out of hand, but I can't seem to make myself stop.
As with many panels, I did "re-color" this cover a bit digitally. But I promise you, I did nothing to our hero's costume. As we all know by now (and isn't it delightful that we're all becoming such experts on the forgotten stars of Charlton Comics? Yet another public service I have provided. And you're welcome.), Nature Boy wears some sort of yellow unitard. So, what we appear to have here is Nature Boy in his underpants straddling a lightning bolt. Move along, folks! Nothing to see here!
Seriously, as if someone finding a copy of Nature Boy in your collection wouldn't be enough humiliation, they had to go and do that? Why must you test my devotion to you, oh Comic Book Publishers?
But believe it or don't, we have a new induction into the Character Hall of Fame! (tm!):
The "jiver" in question is Ikzip, and as you can see, he's awesome. Granted, like all of Nature Boy's foes, he was defeated in about five panels, but I liked his little attitude:
You tell 'em, Ikzip! Fight the Power!
And, sooner or later, Nature Boy had to introduce himself to the world at large. It is as uncomfortable as you might imagine:
Words cannot describe what I would have endured had my father found this in my collection, but it's a comic from 1956! What can you do?
I wish I could promise you it was over. But it isn't. Not yet, my pretties!
See you tomorrow!