Mighty Samson

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Mighty Samson
Publication information
Publisher Western Publishing
Format Ongoing series
Publication date July 1964 - 1982
No. of issues 32
Creative team
Written by Otto Binder
Artist(s) Frank Thorne, Jack Sparling
Collected editions
Mighty Samson Archives, Vol. 1 ISBN 1595825797
Mighty Samson Archives. Vol. 2 ISBN 1595826599
Mighty Samson Archives, Vol. 3 ISBN 1595827056
Mighty Samson Archives, Vol. 4 ISBN 1595827935

Mighty Samson was an comic book series published Gold Key Comics. A post-apocalyptic adventure, it was set in the area around New York City, now known as "N'Yark", in an Earth devastated by a nuclear war. The series was created by writer Otto Binder and artist Frank Thorne.

Publication history[edit]

Mighty Samson ran 32 issues between 1964 and 1982. Its initial run lasted 20 issue (cover-dated July 1964 - 1969). Issues #7–20 each had a back-up story with the large-headed character Tom Morrow. Mighty Samson returned in 1972 with issue #21 and ran through #31 in 1976. The first two issues of the revival reprinted #7 and #2, respectively.

A final new story was published in Gold Key Champion #2 in 1978. Then in 1982, six years after its immediate predecessor, Whitman Comics published issue #32, which reprinted #3 but with a line-art version of #4's painted cover. It was sold bagged with Turok #130 and Dagar the Invincible #18.

Issues #1 through #6 featured art by Frank Thorne, most well-known for illustrating Marvel Comics' adaptation of Robert E. Howard's Red Sonja in the 1970s. Artist Jack Sparling took over the artwork with #8, and Binder and Sparling did the title through #20. In the new issues beginning with #23, art was by José Delbo, and later by Jack Abel. Most covers were fully painted by Morris Gollub. Other were generally by George Wilson. The final issue

Western Printing and Lithographing, which owns Gold Key, left the comic-book business in 1984. A few years later, some of its properties, such as Doctor Solar and Turok, Son of Stone, were picked up by Valiant Comics, though Samson was not.[1]

Project Superpowers, a comic book from Alex Ross and Dynamite Entertainment announced in 2007,[2] reviving many golden-age comic book characters will feature a Samson that is ostensibly the golden age Fox Features Samson, though the visual design seems to have been inspired by the Gold Key character.

In 2010, Dark Horse Comics began publishing the first of four hardcover archives, each reprinting several issues of the original series in one place for the first time.[3]

In December 2010, Dark Horse Comics also began a new re-imagining the Mighty Samson series.[4] Among the new creative team members are former Marvel Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter serving as head writer, and artist include Patrick Olliffe. The first issue included a bonus reprint of the 1964 issue, number 1.

In 2016, Dynamite Entertainment launched Gold Key Alliance, a story with Gold Key properties, including Samson.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Samson was a heroic barbarian adventurer. In the first issue, he loses an eye to a creature called a liobear, which he kills and skins, and whose hide he would wear. He is nursed back to health by Sharmaine, whose father Mindor had extrapolate some 20th-century knowledge from artifacts.


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