Monday, March 22, 2010

Return of the Sword

During World War Two, American publisher Ace Magazine produced a series of stories, beginning with Captain Courageous Comics No. 6 (March 1942), devoted to the ongoing adventures of the Sword, the alter ego of young Arthur Lake, an American boy/teen empowered by Excalibur, the sword of King Arthur. Having discovered Excalibur while visiting England, Lake brought the blade home to the States and used its power to transform (like Fawcett Comics' Billy Batson) into his superheroic identity. As the Sword, Lake shared adventures with two other heroes--Lancelot (the alter ego of young Lance Larter) and Merlin (old Moe Lyn)--and fought a number of home front threats, including the Arthurian-inspired Faye Morgan. (see Public Domain Super Heroes for more details)

Following his final appearance, the Sword has languished in relative obscurity until a recent revival by Jim Krueger and Alex Ross in Project Superpowers from Dynamite Entertainment (back issues can be ordered direct from the publisher). The Sword, along with other heroes from Ace, is reintroduced to twenty-first century readers in Project Superpowers: Chapter Two No. 6 (2010), though there is, as yet, no mention of his origins or former companions.

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