Issue #9 of the Cavalcade Comics’ Vintage Comic Throwdown is a very special 4th of July issue! This month we have a lot of characters featured in a very special memorial issue. But the main character we are focusing on is Uncle Sam: The Ultimate Ninja!
Trained in the dark arts of ninjitsu, Sam uses his deadly abilities to stop the forces of evil, namely Nazi Gorillas and Bionic Hitler. And he does it with a little help from Elvira! Tell me that’s not a special celebratory line up of awesome characters! You can’t, because it is.
I love how this came together. I tried to pattern this cover after some Golden Age anthology titles which featured some main action or character on the right with secondary characters/villains in a sidebar on the left.
Uncle Sam Ultimate Ninja is actually based on the cover for Marvel’s Nth Man The Ultimate Ninja #2 from 1989. I just had to mock up some striped pants, hat and chin beard. Elvira is from Elvira’s House of Mystery #8 from 1986.
The Nazi Gorillas were actually from DC’s Weird War Tales #89 (1980) and I cobbled together Bionic Hitler from a few different places all of which I can’t be bothered to remember right now. But I love him so expect Bionic Hitler to return at some point. And Uncle Sam. And possibly even Elvira.
This weekend is 4th of July. Hope everyone has a safe holiday.