THE STEEL CLAW WAS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR COMIC BOOK HEROES
OF BRITISH WEEKLY ADVENTURE COMICS OF THE 1960S AND 1970S.
THE CHARACTER WAS
REVIVED IN 2005 FOR ALBION, A SIX ISSUE MINI-SERIES PUBLISHED BY THE WILDSTORM
IMPRINT OF DC COMICS.
IN 1967, FLEETWAY FEATURED THE CHARACTER IN A NUMBER OF
DIGEST-SIZE ORIGINAL STORIES IN THEIR STUPENDOUS SERIES OF SUPER LIBRARY
COMICS. THE STEEL CLAW WOULD ALTERNATE WITH THE SPIDER (FROM LION COMICS) IN
THESE BOOKS, WITH THE CLAW FEATURING IN THE ODD-NUMBERED EDITIONS.
THE PRESSURES OF DEADLINES, THESE MONTHLY TITLES SAW A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT
WRITERS AND ARTISTS EMPLOYED, USUALLY VARIOUS ITALIAN ARTISTS, MOST NOTABLY
FUTURE 2000 AD ARTIST MASSIMO BELARDINELLI. THESE RAN UNTIL JANUARY 1968.
You didn’t have to be a millionaire with a cool name to play
the spy game in the 60‘s, but it doesn’t hurt.Johnny Nero was a skilled operative for British Intelligence in MI5, but
after inheriting a fortune he left the field of espionage, becoming even more
wealthy though his own efforts.
Quickly bored with his life as a millionaire Nero started
taking assignments from his old boss in the spy trade Colonel Jason and dealt
with a succession of assassins, saboteurs, criminals, spies and master minds.
Johnny lived in Kensington Garden, London, in an
appropriately `groovy pad’ where you would properly find a millionaire/spy in
the '60s, and was sometimes aided on his missions by his business secretary
The covers of all of Johnny’s adventures were rendered in
oil by Italian artist Paolo Montecchi who depicted the hero as having a
striking resemblance to actor Marcello Mastroianni.
WRITER’S CORNER: TERRANCE
MCCAULEY! UPCOMING FIGHT CARD
AUTHOR TERRENCE MCCAULEY (FIGHT CARD: AGAINST THE ROPES FEBRUARY 2013) HAS A
COOL GUEST BLOG POST TODAY OVER AT ELIZABETH A. WHITE’S BOOK REVIEW BLOG ... Today Terrence McCauley is here to reflect on the
difference between tenacity and obstinacy in the life of a writer, and how
which one chooses to embrace makes all the difference in the world. It
certainly did for him, as his first novel, the Depression-era gangster yarn Prohibition, was published to great reviews just