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Kind of hard to believe this was an actual comic book, isn’t? My guess would be this was DC’s answer to Archie comics (wait, I thought that was Binky), or maybe it’s supposed to appeal to young girl readers. Either way, this is the kind of title I love to write about for Bargain Comic Reviews; a little bit obscure and whole lot crazy. Most comic fans are going to see this and pass it by. The whole point of this site is to give some of these oddball titles a chance. You never know when one might be a hidden gem. Could Meet Angel be one of those titles?
“A Busy Little Aunt” features Angel who finds her (literally) witch of an aunt picking the pocket of a man as he walks her across the street. Confronted, Aunt Evilisha swears that money was put in the man’s pocket by a foreign agent as part of a wicked plan to develop an invisibility potion. Angel guilts her aunt into making sure this potion isn’t developed and hilarity ensues; a painter on a scaffolding falls off at the sight of the witch on her broomstick, the aunt gets half covered with the potion so only her legs are visible, causing women to faint and frightening small children. In the end the foreign agent plans are thwarted and everyone moves on with life.
Next is a two pager called “Suits Me Fine” featuring Angel and her partner Sam Simeon, an ape who draws a comic strip. Sam makes noises that are translated into English; how? We don’t know. Some dude offers to run Sam’s latest comic strip to the publisher thinking he’s going to be paid a fortune for it, but instead gets a suit. A suit made for an ape. Har har.
“The Case of the Inside Job” finds Angel and Sam hired to investigate some rich dude’s missing paintings. At his glorious mansion our heroes meet the usual suspects, but of course it’s not any of them. While fetching himself a midnight snack (bananas, of course), Sam stumbles across the true culprit; the rich dude himself, who has been sleeping walking around the house, placing his valuable paintings in a hidden corner of his basement.
“Sore Sport” is a half page strip with Sam meeting a mugger who tells Sam he doesn’t want any monkey business. An insulted Sam pounds him into the ground. Hey, this is prime witty material, folks.
The one page “Seeing Isn’t Believing” isn’t worth mentioning.
Another one page called “The Haircut” gives the world its first look at a bald ape. Laugh track, please.
This issue’s penultimate story is “The Case of the Millionaire Cat!” where a rich old lady hires Angel and Sam to protect her kitty-cat. Nefarious people want to kidnap the cat and control its wealth so Angel and the ape devise comedic methods to thwart them, including having Sam eat cat food and a stuffed cat. But Angel’s idea of bringing in dozens of similar looking cats solves the problem. It doesn’t solve the horrific smell of that house though.
Finally “Nature Study” finds Sam unable to draw his cartoon in the noisy apartment so he leaves to camp in the peaceful woods, only to be captured by a pack of boy scouts.
Meet Angel is about as innocuous as comic books get; lame humor, standard art for the genre of book and not much else. Honestly I think my favorite part was the cover, which is pretty cute. I’m not going out of my way looking for more issues, but if I came across more for $1 I’d buy them. $2? Probably not.