So sad, so very sad, the end of another Charlton comic book series. What a great looking cover to go out with though! I love dinosaur covers and this is, by far, one of my favorites!
"Another story I wrote was a stand-alone Sarge Steel story in the last issue of Judomaster. I found out after I’d finished (drawing) part one of a two-part Steel story that the issue part one came out in was going to be the last issue. I didn’t think it was a good idea to put out a two-part story that nobody could read a conclusion to, so I wrote and drew a new story over the weekend to get it in on time. If you can find the last issue of Judomaster that had a Sarge Steel back-up in it. That one was done by me."
From an interview with Dick Giordano by John Lustig (Last Kiss).
"File 115 Case of the Key West Caper"
"Mr. Steel, we have your secretary. She'll be alive for the next 48 hours...no longer!" An X on a map marks a small island in the Florida Keys. Steel was going to find Bess, no matter what!!
Written & illustrated by legendary Dick Giordano (The L.A.W.).
This Sarge Steel story has only been reprinted in the Modern Comic Judomaster #98. It was an exact reprint of the Charlton issue #98, except for newer ads with different cover copy (Modern Comics logo and a 35c cover price). The text article ("The Power of the Bow") was omitted.
|Sarge Steel also showed up in the Sentinel's back-up series in Thunderbolt #58.|
|Since it's been hard to find these in the back issue bins, it would be great to see these reprinted!|
|This issue of Judomaster also advertised an issue of Blue Beetle left unpublished, until many years later!|
|Needless to say, Giordano was my favorite artist on Sarge Steel.|
|One of the appearances in DC Comics for Sarge Steel was in The L.A.W. mini-series.|