ReviewTitle: “Tycoon for the Tacking”
Synopsis: A team of heroes for hire led by former Treasury agent Eric Redd rescue their wealthy, new next-door neighbors.
This series screams “BAD ’70s TV TIE-IN!” Surprisingly, it turns out to be an original Charlton property. It’s uncertain who created this debut issue, with no credits listed and little current consensus on the Internet. The concept is OK and the story just so-so, but the art isn’t half bad.
Title: “The Inheritance”
Synopsis: A woman supposedly in line for $50,000 inherits a storm of bullets instead –much to the chagrin of Mike Mauser.
Writer: Nicola Cuti
Penciler: Joe Staton
Nicola Cuti’s script is more hardboiled than expected, and it’s well served by Joe Staton’s cartoony-but-gritty art.
Cool factor: Love that Mike Mauser back-up story.
Not-so-cool factor: There is toilet paper with better print-production quality than 1970s Charlton comics.
Second opinion: “Any of the six issues are worth searching out for the Mauser stories alone.” – The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).
Notable: First appearance of Vengeance Squad.
“I’m not exactly helpless. In certain situations, I’m deadlier than you!”Candy Orr, Vengeance Squad agent
VENGEANCE SQUAD #1
Published and © by Charlton, July 1975
Collected EditionsVengeance Squad #1 remains uncollected at the time of this review’s publication.
Editor’s note: This review first appeared on Comics Bronze Age, Feb. 18, 2010.