Holo-Man is a fictional, American superhero who starred in a 1978 single-issue comic book about holography, The Amazing Adventures of Holo-Man, published by Peter Pan Records. Sold with an accompanying 45 rpm read-along record, the comic was one in the company’s line of such bundled comic-and-record sets for young children.

The Amazing Adventures of Holo-Man was advertised in late 1976 in Marvel Comics. The advertisement copyright reads “1976 … Worldwide/Wavelength Holographics Inc.”, and a mail-order coupon gave the company and address Atomic Comics, P.O. Box 5210, Newark, N.J. 07105″. The advertisement offered the comic book; “The Holodisc”, described as “a real laser-produced, 3-dimensional pendant” of 13/4-inch diameter; and the 45 rpm Holo-Man Action Record, all for $5, with, atypically for such mail-order offers, no additional shipping and handling charge.

Whether the comic of this ad was published in 1977 is uncertain. The Grand Comics Database and comics historian/columnist Scott Shaw reference a 1978 Peter Pan Records release, The Amazing Adventures of Holo-Man #1, alternately numbered PR36. As the GCD explains, “Numbering continues from Wonder Woman: “The Secret of the Magic Tiara” [Book and Record Set] (Peter Pan, 1978 series); numbering continues in Adventures of Robin Hood, The [Book and Record Set] (Peter Pan, 1981 series).”

The 14-page comic’s credits list it as “conceived and created by” Vincent A. Fusco and Donald M. Kasen and edited by Barry Van Name, and the feature story, “Birth of a Hero”, as written by those three plus Jason V. Fusco, Donald White, Joseph Giella and Audrey Hirschfeld, and illustrated by Giella. The cover art is credited to Giella and Bob Larkin.

The plot ends on an unresolved cliffhanger. It is followed by an uncredited two-page text feature, with Giella illustrations, about holograms; a Giella pin-up page of a super-team, the Holosquad — Laserman, Laserwoman, Wavelength and Utopia — who are all otherwise unseen except for Laserman. A second character who appears on the cover and on the Holosquad page does not appear in the comic’s story itself.

Joe Giella inked (and probably “packaged” the art for the project, but the pencils for the story are by John Buscema and the one-pagers (incuding the page the Bob Larkin art is based on) are penciled by Don Heck.

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  1. Joe Giella inked (and probably “packaged” the art for the project, but the pencils for the story are by John Buscema and the one-pagers (incuding the page the Bob Larkin art is based on) are penciled by Don Heck.

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