To me, Judomaster was Frank McLaughlin's baby (co-created with Joe Gill). Like Sarge Steel, I came into Judomaster late, around issue #96.
Special War Series #4, a one-shot introduction for the character. A young soldier, Hadley "Rip" Jagger, fights Japanese army soldiers on a remote Pacific island. When under fire, he is rescued by mysterious warriors who train him in the martial arts. He was versed in Karate, Jiujitsu with a black belt in Judo
|Kendo Discipline Represented!|
|Sarge Steel back-up actually started in the previous issue!|
Judomaster #89 continued the tale of the costumed martial artist, from that lone origin issue.
|Tiger - the young sidekick!|
My favorite cover was the last issue, #98. Love the action pose and how can you go wrong with a dinosaur?
|My Favorite Cover!|
One of Judomaster's adventures involve stealing a Japanese airplane, fly to Japan and destroy a super rocket. He destroys the missile and makes his way to Tokyo, where he destroys the plans for the rocket. He was captured and forced to make a radio propaganda speech against the Allies and labeled a ... traitor!
Judomaster faces tough villains, Mountain Storm (Sumo discipline), the Cat (Kendo discipline) and the Acrobat. Smiling Skull, a Sarge Steel villain shows up in this series as well. Judomaster even tangles it up in the boxing ring.
Along the way, Judomaster gains a young sidekick, Tiger.
|Crazy martial arts ad you'd see back then!|
|For just a buck!|
There was something to be learned as well as the stories, with martial arts lessons in many of the issues. I always liked this aspect of the comic book.
Live Large My Friends!
|Cover for proposed series!|
|Art for proposed series!|
|Modern version of Judomaster!|