Monday, April 25, 2016


Sarge Steel is a detective/spy character published by Charlton Comics during the sixties. He was published during the time of Charlton's Action Heroes line of superheroes and had loose ties to some. He is sometimes included with that group. He was purchased by DC Comics along with the other "Action Heroes". Unfortunately his comics were not included in the Archives DC came out with. I still long for a nice reprint edition of these comics.

Pat Masulli's cover for Sarge Steel #8. Creator of Sarge Steel.
Sarge (short for "Sargent) Steel has a mechanical left hand. As Dick Giordano stated in the editorial page of L.A.W. #4 he was created by Pat Masulli. Masulli primarily did covers for Charlton Comics, including one for the eighth issue of Sarge Steel. Sarge Steel was written and drawn by Joe Gill and artist Dick Giordano. Other artists, including the team of Bill Montes and Ernie Bache, would later take over (issue #5.)

Sarge Steel Special Agent #6  Run...!Get The King Into The Car! Hurry!
First issue changing billing to Sarge Steel Special Agent. Note the last two panels in the story here. "White House calling Mr. Steel!"
Cover by Bill Montes & Rocke Mastroserio.
"File #106 Case of the King's Assassin"
Sarge Steel is approached by the government to bodyguard a King. A man who had more enemies than oil wells.
Written by Joe Gill with art by Bill Montes & Ernie Bache.
"New Ideas in Warfare"
Text article on aspects of warfare throughout history.
"What is Karate?"
Judomaster introduces us to the martial art of Karate.
Story & art by Frank McLaughlin.

Frank McLaughlin, writer & artist on Judomaster, was terrific illustrating marital arts in comic books. He was a practitioner of  Judo from 18 to 50 years old and taught art as well.

Back cover for Sarge Steel #6.

Sarge also appeared in short spots on self-defense in Fightin' 5 #34 & 37 and in the Sentinels stories in Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt #57 & 58 as their CIA contact.

Sarge Steel's appearance at the end of the Sentinels story in Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #57.

Live Large My Friends!

Thank You!
Here are some of my favorite covers from Pat Masulli, creator of Sarge Steel.
Masulli pencils with Dick Giordano inks!
Masulli's pin-up from Blue Beetle #4

I didn't ever realize Charlton did any Tarzan comics until recently.

Nothing like a great monster comic!

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