Thriller (DC Comics)

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Thriller #1 (Nov. 1983)
Cover art by Trevor Von Eeden
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
ScheduleMonthly
FormatOngoing while in publication
Publication dateNovember 1983 – November 1984
No. of issues12
Main character(s)Thriller
Beaker Parish
Crackerjack
Daniel Grove
Data
Proxy
Salvo
White Satin
Creative team
Created by Robert Loren Fleming (writer)
Trevor Von Eeden (artist)
Written by Robert Loren Fleming
Artist(s) Trevor Von Eeden
Letterer(s) Todd Klein

Thriller was a short-lived comic book series published by DC Comics beginning in November 1983. The series was originally written by Robert Loren Fleming and drawn by Trevor Von Eeden. It was sold only through the direct market. The taglines for the series were, "She has 7 seconds to save the world " and "You can't read it fast enough". The "she" in question was protagonist Angie Thriller. The "7 seconds" referred to a team of operatives who assisted her in various conflicts.

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Robert Loren Fleming is an American comic book writer. He is best known as the co-creator of Thriller with Trevor Von Eeden and for his collaborations with Keith Giffen.

Contents

Publication history

Thriller ran for 12 issues (November 1983 – November 1984). [1] [2] After the first seven issues, Fleming left the series and Von Eeden left after issue #8. [3] The series ran four more issues by writer Bill DuBay and artist Alex Niño. [4]

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Cast

Angie Thriller

Angeline Marietta Salvotini Thriller was the leader of a team of adventurers called the Seven Seconds, who were based in New York City a subjective "fifty years in the future". [5]

Angeline had the power to become one with any inanimate object, and thus control it. She could cause her face to appear on an object or even in the sky. The only living beings she could merge with were her twin brother Tony, and the artificially created Beaker Parish. Angeline could also see visions of possible future events. [5]

Very much in the vein of pulp heroes such as The Shadow or Doc Savage, Angie Thriller was described in early publicity as being "like a cross between Jesus Christ and my Mom" by Fleming, [6] and she served as the ethereal leader for her team.

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Tony Salvotini

Salvo was Angeline's brother, Tony Salvotini, a former mercenary soldier and member of the U.S. Marines' Rapid Deployment Force. After mistakenly killing an innocent man, Salvo vowed to never again shoot to kill. He would instead only wound his targets, his motto being "Only flesh wounds, only out-patients." [5]

The Seven Seconds

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Plot

The Seven Seconds usually investigated cases involving unusual menaces, some bordering on the supernatural. On their most notable mission, they were able to thwart Moses Lusk's attempt to bring about a nuclear holocaust and destroy all life on Earth. [5]

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References

  1. Thriller at the Grand Comics Database
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  3. Catto, Ed (August 2017). "Thriller". Back Issue! . Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (98): 23–30.
  4. Sacks, Jason (May 29, 2013). "The Full Run: the Legacy of Thriller by Robert Loren Fleming and Trevor Von Eeden (Issues #9-12)". Comics Bulletin. Archived from the original on September 7, 2015.
  5. 1 2 3 4 Jones, David Allen (2015). "Everything you want to know about the 80's DC Comics series". The Trinity Building- The New Thriller (comic) Site. Archived from the original on November 4, 2014.
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