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Doctor Solar was a superhero created by writer Paul S. Newman and artist Matt Murphy for Gold Key Comics in 1962, first appearing in Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom #1. Since then he’s been renamed to Solar and been published by Valiant Comics in the 1990s, Dark Horse Comics in the 2000s, and Dynamite Entertainment in the 2010s. But, really, what interests me are the covers. The first two were by Richard Powers, and are (I believe) the only comics covers he ever illustrated. The rest were by George Wilson, one of Gold Key’s best artists; the first few kept some Powers-esque elements, but the covers lose some of their charm when Solar dons his red costume around issue six.

 

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