Diving into the Comic Vault: Adventures in Wonderland #1

In 1865 the world was introduced to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The titular Alice and her friends in Wonderland would go on a myriad of adventures throughout the entirety of the series, which delighted both the young and young at heart. It should come as no surprise that these stories would inspire all kinds of media — including comic books. In 1955 Comic House published its line of Alice inspired comics, four years after the popular Disney movie was released. Does Adventures in Wonderland #1 live up to its namesake?

The Diving Into The Comic Vault logo. Photo: Baltimore Lauren.
The Diving Into The Comic Vault logo. Photo: Baltimore Lauren.

This comic opens with some brain teasers for kids, which were hard — even for me. The first full story we get is "Peter Pester's Invention" — a rather deep story involving the Kingdom of Gladiola and how they were about to be bankrupt. On top of that, the kingdom had to keep their enemies out of their walls. This was a wild way to open the comic. The characters aren't exactly remarkable, but the artwork is vividly detailed, and at times downright creepy. 

Diving into the Comic Vault: Adventures in Wonderland #1
Adventures in Wonderland

Our next story is an animal tale called "Dullwit, the Dumb Fox". Dullwit is a young fox who is routinely taken advantage of and teased by his peers and townsfolk, which results in his poor self-esteem. Yet after thwarting two fox nappers, Dullwit is hailed a hero, resulting in his peers showing him compassion and helping him. I'm not sure what the real take away is, other than don't be a dick. The artwork is great in this story as well, showing rich and lush details in almost every scene.

We then get a short story called "Toto's Long Sleep", followed by "Michael the Misfit". This all-ages comic features a beautiful cover of Alice and a little boy riding a horse to a magical castle, complete with White Hare's announcing their arrival. Adventures in Wonderland contains no stories of Alice but is still full of witty stories. This all-ages comic features a beautiful cover of Alice and a little boy riding a horse to a magical castle, complete with White Hare's announcing their arrival. 

Have you read the Adventures in Wonderland #1 series from Comic House? Let us know in the comments below!

About Baltimore Lauren

I like pinball machines, Archie Comics, and bad movies. Sometimes I write about old books for the heck of it. Follow me on Twitter: @BaltimoreLauren

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