Part of the fun of doing this blog is having the ability to share unusual comics from my collection with my readers. Today we have Fatman: The Human Flying Saucer #1, co-created by C.C. Beck and Otto Binder. Beck and Binder had long since seen their previous collaboration, Captain Marvel, litigated out of existence, and the two re-united in hopes of making (Shazam!) lightning strike twice.
Unfortunately, it was not to be. The series only lasted three bimonthly issues in 1967, a victim of the end of the camp craze, and a corresponding slump in comic book sales. As a fan of C.C. Beck's immaculate cartooning, I really think it's a shame that Beck and Binder couldn't make a go of this, because it becomes obvious as I page through the yellowed pages, reading the text pages touting the reunion of Beck and Binder, that Fatman: The Human Flying Saucer was a hopeful labor of love for the two creators. Fortunately, I have a (signed!) copy of the first issue of this forgotten classic to share! The first story in this 64-page first issue, titled simply "The Big Introduction" recounts the origin of our corpulent champion:
"The Big Introduction"
Originally printed in Fatman, the Human Flying Saucer #1
Script: Otto Binder
Art: C.C. Beck