A huge thanks to friend of the Retroist, Tom Krohne over at ‘The Blog That Walks Like A Man’, for giving me the heads up on this intro for Cartoon Network’s Batman: Brave and the Bold episode “Four Star Spectacular”.
I’ve mentioned once or twice how even as a kid I was obsessed with all things related to the Universal Monsters…and horror in general. But I remember going into a local gas station in my youth and seeing a DC Comic entitled Weird War Tales…and on the cover looking back at me were the Creature Commandos. I would not leave the store without that comic in my hands…thankfully my Father took pity on me.
My love for the Creature Commandos would only continue to grow after reading that issue. For those not in the know it deals with a top secret team of soldiers during WWII that are part of Project M, an organization that experimented and tried to specialize biotechnology and in some cases…necromancy. The Creature Commandos were one such “success”:
“Warren Griffith – Warren was a simple farm boy who suffered from clinical lycanthropy. Project M gave him the ability to change into a true Werewolf.
Dr. Myrra Rhodes – Also known as Dr. Medusa. After inhaling strange fumes, she grew snakes for hair and superficially resembles one of the Gorgons.
Lt. Matthew Shrieve – Matthew was their team leader. He was a fully human hard as nails soldier.
Pvt. Elliot “Lucky” Taylor – Lucky barely survived stepping on a mine. He was stitched back together against his will so he resembles the Frankenstein monster and has damaged vocal cords.
Sgt. Vincent Velcro (or, in modern series, Velcoro) – Vincent volunteered for the project in order to commute a 30-year sentence in the brig for crippling an officer. Like a Vampire, he can now change into a bat and requires human blood to survive.”
You can see from their descriptions on Wikipedia…this wasn’t exactly a happy-go-lucky team of operatives!
The reason Pvt. Taylor has damaged vocal cords by the way is because on a mission in France the team found a scientist in a Nazi death camp, they couldn’t free her and with her knowledge of deadly chemical warfare…they had to end her life as to keep said knowledge from the Nazis.
Pvt. Taylor was so ashamed of his actions that upon returning to base he attempted suicide…but the Project M scientists repaired the damage and revived him though his vocal cords had been completely destroyed…so for the rest of the series he was rendered mute.
That was Weird War Tales for you, friends.
Like I mentioned up top, a huge thanks to Tom Krohne, make sure to follow that link to his blog. It’s full of awesome Monster art and facts, just tell them we sent you!
A big tip of the hat to UltimateJKC1994 over on YouTube for uploading that Creature Commandos video!