Pete Morisi Tribute
Charlton Spotlight #4 pays tribute to the memory of the late, great Pete “P.A.M.” Morisi, long-time Silver Age Charlton and Timely/Atlas comics artist-writer and enigmatic creator of Peter Cannon—Thunderbolt and Johnny Dynamite. Morisi became a fan favorite for his highly individual style on Charlton’s ghost, Western, and adventure strips. Behind a rare hand-colored T-Bolt front cover drawing by Morisi, we focus on P.A.M.’s long legacy at Charlton, with articles by Steve Skeates, Bill Pearson, Mark Burbey, Glen Johnson, Ron Frantz, and others—along with plenty of rare, obscure, and unpublished art. In addition to never-before-published pages from Morisi’s final T-Bolt story for DC Comics, there’s also a vintage 1976 interview, a classic Morisi Charlton story reprint, an interview with P.A.M.’s son and collaborator Steve Morisi, an exhaustive checklist of Morisi’s Charlton work with biographical resources, and a gallery of his Charlton covers. The back cover features an unpublished Johnny Dynamite poster in full color. Rounding out the issue are Marvel/DC artist Tom Christopher’s memoir of contributing to Charlton’s last days, with rare and unpublished Dr. Graves and Haunted covers, plus horror-fantasy artist Denis Tiani’s personal memoir of collecting Charlton’s infamous early ’60s monster magazines, Horror Monsters and Mad Monsters. And we have the very special surprise return of an old-time Charlton cartoon feature by its creator, Nicola Cuti: “The Weirdlings.” With the usual extensive Charlton checklists and cover galleries, news, reviews, readers departments, and more, plus part 3 of Dan Stevenson’s complete Charlton Comics year-by-year checklist, 1959-62. • 76 pages, full-color covers and B&W interiors.