“A lot of the signature stuff that ultimately evolved into what I did for a living for the next 20 years or so did show up in that book.”Writer/artist Howard Chaykin, on his Atlas (Seaboard) creation, Scorpion
(From Comic Book Artist #16, December 2001)
ReviewTitle: “The Death’s Gemini Commission”
Synopsis: Someone is trying to sabotage an air-transport company – until the Scorpion and Miss Bishop put a stop to the shenanigans.
Writer: Howard Chaykin
While most Atlas (Seaboard) comics are long on potential and short on execution, Scorpion#1 is a fully formed gem. An early effort from auteur writer/artist Howard Chaykin, this issue already sports many of the creator’s go-to moves: rich, graphic storytelling; thuggish villains and sexy dames; a pulpish, 1930s world set against the backdrop of World War II; and, of course, one of the earliest prototypes of Chaykin’s recurring rogue hero (later iterations would include Dominic Fortune, a reboot of this very character for Marvel). This is the work of an already confident creator, serving up comic-book goodness with much pizzazz.
Cool factor: Scorpion #1 is a prototype for all things Chaykin (albeit with a lot less sex).
Notable: First appearance of Moro Frost, aka the Scorpion.
“… it’s mornings like these … when I really start feeling my age.”The Scorpion, eternal champion
Published and © by Atlas (Seaboard), February 1975
Cover by Howard Chaykin
Collected EditionsScorpion #1 remains uncollected at the time of this review’s publication.
Editor’s note: This review first appeared on Comics Bronze Age, March 5, 2010.