The Comic Book Alphabet of Cool – E

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The Comic Book Alphabet of Cool – E

We continue our tour through the alphabet, with a different cool comic book item each day, from A to Z!

Today we look at a cool cult classic comic!

E-Man was a nifty comic that Nicola Cuti and Joe Staton created for Charlton.

E-Man was an energy being who became a superhero on Earth and since he was made out of energy, he could make his body do pretty much anything, a la Plastic Man.

Jack Cole’s Plastic Man seemed to be a clear influence on the series, in that it was not an outright comedy, but it certainly had comedic elements, especially in the ways that Staton came up with creative things for E-Man to do.

E-Man was never a gigantic success, but you know it was a good comic when you see the vast amount of companies who put out E-Man comics.

Modern did reprints of a bunch of the Charlton comics…

First Comics hired Staton as an art director during the 80s, and as part of the deal, they brought back E-Man, although Cuti did not write as many of the issues. Marty Pasko wrote a number – he tended to go a bit more on the humor side of things. Staton also wrote some himself.

When I was growing up, I remember really enjoying E-Man #4 from First Comics.

Mike Barr wrote some pretty biting comedic bits in this issue, including a gag about the “Curse of Superman.”

E-Man had comebacks at Comico….

Alpha Productions….

and most recently, Digital Webbing….

When that many companies want to keep a character going, you know you’ve got something great!

Jack Cole would be proud by the work of Staton and the various writers of E-Man!