Research assistant Louis Crandell could consider himself an
unlucky man. Already left with a metal right hand following
a laboratory accident, a second accident transforms him forever...
as a thousand volts of electricity surge into him. Crandell
is astonished to discover that his whole body - except for
his steel hand - is becoming invisible, and that all he needs
to remain so is more electricity.
But will he use this incredible new-found ability for good...
or for personal gain?...
Steel Claw first appeared in British weekly comic Valiant
in October 1962, and continued to run until the publication's
closure in 1973. The Vanishing Man sees the first volume
of The Steel Claw reprints from IPC's vaults.
of the most important things to note is how mature this collection
is. Like a lot of the other reprints that Titan is currently
releasing onto the market (Charley's War being the
other outstanding example) it's hard to believe that stories
of this level were produced for kids in the '60s and '70s.
very fact that at any minute Louis Crandell (AKA the Steel
Claw) could use his new-found ability to help society, or
to enhance his own life through the act of immoral activities,
keeps the reader's eyes glued to the page.
collection also opens with a brief introduction and background
article on the history of The Steel Claw, which helps
to set the scene for those not familiar with the character.
you remember this strip or not, it's well worth checking out.
And at £15, this hardback collection is, if you'll excuse
the pun, a steal.
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