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Subj: Re: Has anyone kept track of E-Man's buddy Mike Mauser?
Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 12:23:05 pm EDT (Viewed 77 times)
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I was just recently refreshing my memory (for the first time in several years) of my run of the E-Man title published by First in the 1980s. In "E-Man #24," reuniting the original creative team of Nicola Cuti and Joe Staton, we were provided with an in-depth look at the life story of one of E-Man's friends, Mike Mauser, the short, unattractive, tough-talking private eye for whom E-Man had sometimes worked in his semi-secret identity of "Alec Tronn." (Mauser had been a regular in the E-Man cast -- and sometimes starring in solo stories -- ever since E-Man's early days in a Charlton title in the 1970s.)

Interesting thing was that in #24 we were introduced to a Vietnamese girl whom Mike Mauser had known for a long time, but hadn't seen in five years or so before this story. She had grown up in the USA answering to the name of "Angela," though it wasn't what she'd been born with. Ever since she was just a cute little munchkin and he was a young GI, she had called Mauser "Uncle Mike" from habit, but I gather there was no legal family tie between them, and they certainly weren't blood relatives. A thought balloon in one panel suggested that Angela, meeting him again as a grown woman, now had designs on him. Specifically, she considered marriage a serious possibility. (Mike Mauser had no inkling of this! He probably took it for granted that he was way too old for her to be romantically interested in him; he certainly wasn't trying to flirt with her.)

Unfortunately, that E-Man series ended with the very next issue (#25), which doesn't have Angela in it.

Comico did a few E-Man comics around 1990 (one of those was actually my first introduction to E-Man and his supporting cast, way back when), and I looked through those too, and I didn't see Angela reappearing during that brief run. (Although Mike Mauser did!)

Some online research tells me that Mike has intermittently appeared in several other things - scattered one-shots from various publishers, mostly -- in the 1990s and 2000s, but I don't have 'em in my collection. An online resource also indicates that Angela actually became his new secretary, somewhere along the line, but I don't know where that happened. (In "E-Man #24," there was no mention of her taking on a job in Mauser's office.)

I haven't been able to run down any further details via online resources, so now I'm asking if any diehard fans of E-Man and his associates can fill in a few gaps for me, such as:

1. Did Angela ever reappear in print? If so, in which comics?

2. Was there ever any follow-up on the basic idea that she had a strong romantic interest in her old friend Mike Mauser? If so, in which comic or comics?

That's a question for E-Man fan and expert Rip Jagger. I'll make sure he sees it.


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