ATOMIC OVERDRIVE

ATOMIC OVERDRIVE

Atomic Overdrive was a comic book produced by Toronto writer Dave Darrigo and illustrators Peter Grau and Paul McCusker , and published by Caliber Press in Michigan, U.S.

The Atomic Overdrive stories were a combination of two genres popular through the 1950’s and 1970’s: science fiction and hotrods/car racing. Issue 1 was the work of the Dave Darrigo – Peter Grau team. Darrigo was the writer. Grau illustrated the stories. The stories: “The Creature that craved my comet” and “One of our zombies is missing” revolved around a Frankenstein type character. In issue 2 Darrigo and Grau did the first and third stories. The first story “They want to warp our minds” involved aliens. The third story: “Hot Rods: Cold War” continued the hot rods and Frankenstein theme of issue 1 and actually occurred before the events in issue 1. Paul McCusker joined Darrigo to illustrate the second: “Ghost riders ghost town” which was a spoof combining western and science fiction themes. Peter Grau painted the covers for both issues.

Issue 2 was the last for Atomic Overdrive which appears to have been published in 1997.

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Cover

Front: Illus., Peter Grau. Atomic Overdrive,1, no date. Caliber Comics.

Front: Illus., Peter Grau. Atomic Overdrive,.2, no date. Caliber Comics..

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Story:

Atomic Overdrive,1, no date. Caliber Comics.                                                                            “The Creature That Craved My Comet.” Writ., D. Darrigo. Illus. Peter Grau:1-16.              “Hot Rods And Zombies – One Of Our Zombies Is Missing.” Writ., Dave Darrigo.                  Illus. Peter Grau: 17-32.

Atomic Overdrive,.2, no date. Caliber Comics.                                                                            “They Want To Warp Our Minds.” Writ., Dave Darrigo. Illus. Peter Grau: 1-13.                  “Kid Desperado in Ghost Riders For A Ghost Town.” Writ., Dave Darrigo. Illus.                    Paul McCusker: 15-21.                                                                                                   “Hot Rods And Zombies – Hot Rods = Cold War.” Writer, Dave Darrigo. Illus. Peter              Grau: 23- 32.

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Illus., Peter Grau. Atomic Overdrive, 1, 1997: Front cover.

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“One of Our Zombies Is Missing.” Illus., Peter Grau. Atomic Overdrive, 1, 1997: 32.

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“Ghost Riders For A Ghost Town.” Illus., Paul McCusker. Atomic Overdrive, 2, 1997: 15

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“Hot Rods – Cold War.” (Origin story) Illus., Peter Grau. Atomic Overdrive, 2, 1997: 23.