Secret Origin of Klarion the Witch Boy?

by John Holbo on June 3, 2009

It’s no secret that I’m a Klarion the Witch Boy fan. Which is why I was so amazed to see this on Flickr today. Kirby’s Klarion dates from 1973. But here is a pilgrim “witch boy” as early as 1965! “Thrills of mystery, Unknown worlds, strange powers – beyond” indeed! This could change everything! I feel like those scientists who dug up the Ida fossil. (Because I’m much less ambitious, obviously.)




Matt 06.03.09 at 2:04 pm

Is the second feature about the adventures of a dirty old man or a wicked witch? I’m unable to tell from the teaser.


John Holbo 06.03.09 at 2:10 pm

That’s what makes paleocomicsology such an exciting young field, Matt.


Matt 06.03.09 at 2:23 pm

Don’t sit on your results, John! The world needs to know this sort of thing.


John Holbo 06.03.09 at 2:54 pm

I guess I could email the guy who posted it on Flickr …


Oskar 06.03.09 at 5:22 pm

“Approved by the Comics Code Authority”

Yeah, I’m sure that magazine is a riot of wholesome fun! I mean, what kid would ever like to read about someone who stood up to authority, and, you know, generally had fun?


belle waring 06.04.09 at 1:41 pm

I just wanted to share with you all that I deeply, deeply love Klarion the Witch Boy. So very awesome. It’s a good thing I have a husband who educates me on these crucial topics, or I never would have known about witch-boys of any sort.


Adam Roberts 06.04.09 at 2:34 pm

“I married a witch boy” has a nice ring to it.


George W 06.05.09 at 4:56 pm

An Abbott & Costello reference would be too trite. Damn, I just made one!


Josh 06.07.09 at 4:48 am

Superboy 178 (1971) ends with the story of Superbaby’s meeting “Gary, the little Witch-Boy.” So there were a few of ’em running around.


jholbo 06.09.09 at 1:43 am

Thanks Josh! (Gary, the little Witch-Boy. Ah, early 70’s Superboy.)

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