DOC STERN/MR MONSTER
Created by Fred Kelly for Bell Features, this character began life in Commando Comics 19 or 20. Commando Comics ended with issue 22, which was probably when “Doc Stearne” transferred to WOW Comics 25 or 26. The series was probably brought to an abrupt end with the last issue WOW Comics 30 and the demise of Bell Features and Publishing. The bare-chested “Doc Stern” remerged as the costumed “Mr. Monster” in Super Duper Comics 3 (There apparently were no 1& 2.See F. E. HOWARD PUBLICATIONS) only to disappear again with the demise of that tile. Flash forward 40 years to the late 1980’s when U.S. cartoonist Michael T. Gilbert came across the feature and decided to revive and restore it. The result was a different storyline which lasted longer than the original.
In its black and white period “Doc Stearne” has 3 protagonists, “Doc Stearne” himself along with “Professor Edwin Gale” and his daughter “Gloria Gale” whom “Doc Stearne” is continuously rescuing. They have discovered a race called “The Nordiks”, who look suspiciously like ancient Vikings. But, before they can get back to this race which is in Canada’s far north. They encounter the remnants of a Japanese Kamikaze Corps hiding out in our northern territories, a brief nod to World War 2 which had just wound down. They overcome these with the help of a “Nordik” called “Lief” and proceed to this world which is accessible through an extinct volcano. The world due to hot springs is semi-tropical and is home to several races. Their adventure continue here.
With the its appearance in Super Duper , the serial makes an abrupt change. “Doc Jim Stearne”, he now has a first name, has morphed into a costumed vigilante type character, dedicated to searching out and destroying the various monsters of our world. He is known throughout the medial world as “Mr. Monster”. “Gloria” remains but as an assistant of “Doc Stearn/Mr Monster” and is still being rescued. The serial disappeared with the demise of Super Duper which lasted only one issue.
Under Michael T. Gilbert & Associates:
Mr. Monster, 2-1, Feb. 1988 to 2-7 Apr. 1990 plus 2-8, no date. Dark Horse Comics
Doc Stearne … Mr. Monster Attacks, 1 of 3 to 3 of 3. Gilbert Studios/Tundra Publishing
Doc Stearne … Mr Monster, 1, Jan. 1985 to 10, June 1987. Eclipse Comics.
Doc Stearne … Mr Monster vs. Godzilla. 1998. Eclipse Comics.
Mr. Monster’s Girl Friday … Kelly. 1, Jan. 2000 to 3, May 2000. Image Comics Group.
PERIODICAL GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:
No date is given for Active Comics.
“Doc Stern.” Car., Fred Kelly. Dime Comics, 21: 1-7. (black & white)
“Programs of Death.” Car., Fred Kelly. WOW Comics, 27, 12-17. (black & white)
“Doc Stern.” Car., Fred Kelly. WOW Comics, 28: 31-36. (black & white)
“Doc Stern.” Car., Fred Kelly. WOW Comics, 29: 38-43. (black & white)
“Doc Stern as Mr. Monster.” Car., Fred Kelly. Super Duper Comics, 3, May/June 1947: 1-8. (colour)
“A Monster You Say ….” Writ., Eric Yarber. Amazing Heroes, 77, 15 August 1985: 23-30.
The evolution of “Doc Stern” to “Mr. Monster”.
Car., Fred Kelly. WOW Comics, 27: 12.
Car., Fred Kelly. Super Duper Comics, 3, May/June 1947: 1
Car., Michael T. Gilbert. Mr. Monster, 1, February 1988: Front cover.