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Cave Carson fictional character appearing in the DC Universe. CHARACTER »  Cave Carson appears in 77 issues. Cave Carson's single weapon is the unique underground digging machine known as the Mighty Mole.It resembles a huge 1950's car,with a huge drill. The Mole's thermo ray is capable of burning through solid rock like a knife through butter.

Cave CarsonEdit

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Cave Carson: Adventures Inside Earth!Edit

 

[1] Cave Carson's first adventure!  Click to enlarge and read.

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[26] The Brave and the Bold #31 (August-September 1960). Cave Carson © DC Comics

Script: France Herron; Art by the great Bruno Premiani

CHARACTER » Cave Carson appears in 77 issues.

Cave Carson's single weapon is the unique underground digging machine known as the Mighty Mole. The Mole's thermo ray is capable of burning through solid rock like a knife through butter.Edit

Overall VeiwEdit

Cave and pals versus a typical menace. Artist: Lee Elias. CAVE CARSON Medium: Comic Books Published by: DC Comics First Appeared: 1960 Creators: France Herron (writer) and Bruno Premiani (artist) During the late 1950s and most of the '60s, DC Comics gave a majority of its new series concepts test runs before putting them on thrgular schedule. This resulted in a few spectacular successes (e.g., The Flash, Green Lantern, The Justice League of America), many reasonably decent successes (Hawkman, Challengers of the Unknown, Space Ranger) and the occasional failure (Suicide Squad, G.I. Joe, The Maniaks). Of the failures, the one they tried hardest with was Cave Carson.


"Cave Carson: Inside Earth" was introduced in The Brave & the Bold #31 (September, 1960). This title had started out in swashbuckling adventure (The Viking Prince was an early star), but by that time had been converted to try-outs for new series. (It spent most of its later existence as a vehicle for teaming Batman with practically everybody else.) In that initial outing, the writer was France Herron (Captain Marvel Jr.) and the artist was Bruno Premiani (Doom Patrol). Calvin "Cave" Carson was a spelunker who built what he called The Mighty Mole, a vehicle that looked like a sports car with a screw a couple of feet across mounted in front, by which it could drill through miles of solid rock. His passengers in the Mole were Bulldozer Smith, Johnny Blake and Christie Madison — the usual leader, tough guy sidekick, young guy, and woman, just like Rip Hunter's outfit, The Sea Devils, and other contemporary comic book adventuring teams.

This one had a variation — Bulldozer brought along his pet lemur, Lena. They were back in the next two issues of Brave & Bold, and Herron was back to write the stories. But the second was drawn by Bernard Baily (The Spectre), and the third by Mort Meskin (Vigilante). No conclusive go-ahead signals were discerned from this run, so DC gave him a couple more issues, this set written by Bob Haney (Metamorpho). Joe Kubert (Sgt. Rock) drew #40 and, in the only instance of a repeat artist in those five Brave & Bold issues, Meskin in #41. Despite the exotic setting, they tended to clash with the same sort of adversaries as most other DC characters of the time, i.e., dinosaurs and aliens (tho they did eschew talking gorillas). Again, they didn't move out into a regular series. 

Cave Carson seemed like a dead issue for the next couple of years, but he was brought back in DC's other try-out title, Showcase, which had just had a long string of successes, including Aquaman, The Atom and Metal Men. Cave and crew appeared in #s 48, 49 and 52, ranging from February through October, 1964. Despite the relative advantage of a consistent creative team (Haney with artist Lee Elias of Firehair), after three trial runs in two different titles, spread out over more than four years, he never did qualify for a series of his own. And then he was forgotten for 20 years. In 1984, DC brought him (but not his team-mates) back, along with Congorilla, The Immortal Man and a few others who had suffered the same fate, and called the group The Forgotten Heroes. They had a couple of adventures, including, inevitably, fighting a group called The Forgotten Villains, and then fulfilled their obvious destiny by being forgotten.

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Calvin "Cave" Carson is a fictional character that appeared in stories published by DC Comics. Carson, a spelunker, first appeared inBrave and the Bold #31 (September 1960); he was created by France Herron and Bruno Premiani.[1]

Cave Carson: Adventures Inside Earth!Edit

 

 


[28] Cave Carson's first adventure! Click to enlarge and read.

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[53] The Brave and the Bold #31 (August-September 1960). Cave Carson © DC Comics Script: France Herron; Art by the great Bruno Premiani

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Overall VeiwEdit

Cave and pals versus a typical menace. Artist: Lee Elias. CAVE CARSON Medium: Comic Books Published by: DC Comics First Appeared: 1960 Creators: France Herron (writer) and Bruno Premiani (artist) During the late 1950s and most of the '60s, DC Comics gave a majority of its new series concepts test runs before putting them on thrgular schedule. This resulted in a few spectacular successes (e.g., The Flash, Green Lantern, The Justice League of America), many reasonably decent successes (Hawkman, Challengers of the Unknown, Space Ranger) and the occasional failure (Suicide Squad, G.I. Joe, The Maniaks). Of the failures, the one they tried hardest with was Cave Carson.


"Cave Carson: Inside Earth" was introduced in The Brave & the Bold #31 (September, 1960). This title had started out in swashbuckling adventure (The Viking Prince was an early star), but by that time had been converted to try-outs for new series. (It spent most of its later existence as a vehicle for teaming Batman with practically everybody else.) In that initial outing, the writer was France Herron (Captain Marvel Jr.) and the artist was Bruno Premiani (Doom Patrol). Calvin "Cave" Carson was a spelunker who built what he called The Mighty Mole, a vehicle that looked like a sports car with a screw a couple of feet across mounted in front, by which it could drill through miles of solid rock. His passengers in the Mole were Bulldozer Smith, Johnny Blake and Christie Madison — the usual leader, tough guy sidekick, young guy, and woman, just like Rip Hunter's outfit, The Sea Devils, and other contemporary comic book adventuring teams.

This one had a variation — Bulldozer brought along his pet lemur, Lena. They were back in the next two issues of Brave & Bold, and Herron was back to write the stories. But the second was drawn by Bernard Baily (The Spectre), and the third by Mort Meskin (Vigilante). No conclusive go-ahead signals were discerned from this run, so DC gave him a couple more issues, this set written by Bob Haney (Metamorpho). Joe Kubert (Sgt. Rock) drew #40 and, in the only instance of a repeat artist in those five Brave & Bold issues, Meskin in #41. Despite the exotic setting, they tended to clash with the same sort of adversaries as most other DC characters of the time, i.e., dinosaurs and aliens (tho they did eschew talking gorillas). Again, they didn't move out into a regular series. 

Cave Carson seemed like a dead issue for the next couple of years, but he was brought back in DC's other try-out title, Showcase, which had just had a long string of successes, including Aquaman, The Atom and Metal Men. Cave and crew appeared in #s 48, 49 and 52, ranging from February through October, 1964. Despite the relative advantage of a consistent creative team (Haney with artist Lee Elias of Firehair), after three trial runs in two different titles, spread out over more than four years, he never did qualify for a series of his own. And then he was forgotten for 20 years. In 1984, DC brought him (but not his team-mates) back, along with Congorilla, The Immortal Man and a few others who had suffered the same fate, and called the group The Forgotten Heroes. They had a couple of adventures, including, inevitably, fighting a group called The Forgotten Villains, and then fulfilled their obvious destiny by being forgotten.

Cave CarsonEdit

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Calvin "Cave" Carson is a fictional character that appeared in stories published by DC Comics. Carson, a spelunker, first appeared inBrave and the Bold #31 (September 1960); he was created by France Herron and Bruno Premiani.[1]

Publication history[edit]Edit

The Challengers of the Unknown were a quartet of science fiction adventurers created by Jack Kirby. They debuted in 1957, and their commercial success spawned two other science fiction characters: Cave Carson and Rip Hunter. Hunter was the more successful of the two.[2] Unlike similar groups Rip Hunter's Time Masters and the Sea Devils, Carson and team never got their own title.

The group appeared in Brave and Bold #31–33, 40, and 41. Next they appeared in Showcase #48, 49, and 52. Carson's stories featured Carson and a team of fellow adventurers engaging in various adventures beneath the Earth's surface. He was joined by Bulldozer Smith, Johnny Blake, and Christie Madison.

Cave Carson would later appear as part of the Forgotten Heroes in the 1980s.[1] He and his team helps repel the Apellaxian invasion. They help the Sea Devils and Aquaman by finding an underwater grotto. The others trapped a group of water-polluting "mercury" aliens inside the grotto.[3]

Carson appeared as an ally to the Time Masters in the mini series of the same name in 1990.

By himself, he helps in the fight against Eclipso in the pages of Eclipso's own series. An ally of Amanda Waller, he leads Mona Bennet and Bruce Gordon through underground passages into the fictional country of Parador, which Eclipso had conquered. For his troubles, the villain breaks both his legs and leaves him on the border.[4]

Cave and his team helps the Justice Society of America in retrieving Sand from deep within the Earth's crust.[5] Cave Carson was mentioned in Infinite Crisis #5 on the news radio about an earthquake in India and in Japan in 2005. Later, during the Final Crisis event, he was featured briefly in a news report with his cave crew under the New York subway system, finding a way to explore the top of the world. As part of this excursion, they find ancient cave drawings under Manhattan.[6]

References[edit]Edit

  1. Jump up to:a b Greenberger, Robert (2008). "Carson, Cave". In Dougall, Alastair. The DC Comics Encyclopedia. New York: Dorling Kindersley. p. 73.ISBN 0-7566-4119-5OCLC 213309017.
  2. Jump up^ Jacobs, Will; Gerard Jones (1985). The Comic Book Heroes: From the Silver Age to the Present. New York, New York: Crown Publishing Group. pp. 38–39. ISBN 0-517-55440-2.
  3. Jump up^ "JLA Year One" #12 (December 1998)
  4. Jump up^ "Eclipso" #5 (March, 1993)
  5. Jump up^ JSA #63–64 (2004)
  6. Jump up^ Final Crisis #3.

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