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Sunday, 23 October 2011


You can't keep a good hero down and bouncing back for his second Archive appearance is Rubberman - written by Archive friend and popular western writer Keith Chapman AKA Chap O'Keefe.

Comes the time when every crime-series hero finds himself arrested by the flatfoots! You know he'll break free, rout the real baddies, prove his innocence, and win back his friends among the boys in blue. But you read it all the same.

Jim Hollis, aka Rubberman (actually just one of the rubber men in Comic-dom), was a star of serial stories run in weekly instalments in Smash!, a groundbreaking UK comic of the late 1960s.  He was created for Odhams Press by writer Ken Mennell and (according to British sources) artist Alfredo Marculeta.

Mennell was a former Fleetway House script editor. Marculeta was a Spanish artist. Keith Chapman (aka Chap O'Keefe),  who wrote the script for the story here, believes Marculeta lived in France and suspects he's the artist named elsewhere as Edmundo Marculeta (1923-1989). His signature is at the foot of the first page of today's complete, four-page comic adventure which was published  in Smash! Annual 1968.

At the "Now Read This" website, Win Wiacek, reviewing the 1969 edition of the Smash! annual, says: "Christmas simply wasn’t right without a heaping helping of these garish, wonder-stuffed compendiums that offered a huge variety of stories and scenarios. Today’s celebrity, TV and media tie-in packages simply can’t compete...."

For another complete Rubberman story from Smash! annual, click HERE 

You will find the strip below - remember click on images to open a larger version in your browser

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