No it’s not part of Tim Kincaid’s WORKING MAN TRILOGY, it just looks that way.
MORGUS THE MAGNIFICENT was one of the golden age horror hosts who continued through the eighties. He was definitely a cut above most and was the first to have his own movie, THE WACKY WORLD OF DR.MORGUS Currently his shows from the eighties are being shown in New Orleans where the Fook has been kind enough to record them for me. Like many of you, I find George Zucco to be enchanting so it’s no wonder I love him in THE MAD MONSTER. I actually remember seeing this as a kid and being pretty scared. I think it was Zucco imagining the scene where he berates his colleagues, the somewhat creepy swamp and Glenn Strange’s bizarrro Lenny the retard/hillbilly wolfman that did it.
The Morgus segment is about his attempts to sell his various inventions to the CIA. It seem to be one of his reworked segments from the sixties, possibly from the height of the spy craze on TV with shows like THE MAN FROM UNCLE and so on. There’s a German spy that is reduced to sand in the Instant People machine that was featured in THE WACKY WORLD, an invisibility gag and an imposter CHOPSLEY. Not his best episode but even so, pretty cool.
I think I first became a Spectre fan with the awesome run by Michael Fleisher and Jim Aparo in ADVENTURE COMICS. Before that I think I had seen a few appearances here and there in the Justice League but much preferred him turning people into glass and breaking them or having them eaten by a giant squid magically transformed from a sub. Basically all the grisly stuff he did that seemed to bother people in the letters page. It was a fairly short run but perfect for it’s time with its mix of revenge and horror. So I was happy that for the short included as an extra on the new feature JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS that they basically took the Fleisher approach and even set it in what appears to be the early seventies time period.
Steve Niles (30 DAYS OF NIGHT) writes the script and basically plays Jim Corrigan as Eastwood’s Dirty Harry. The short unfolds as a worn print of a 70’s flick with the film aging that was employed less successfully in the misguided GRINDHOUSE. Gary Cole provides the voice in a Hollywood murder plot where a fat cat producer is killed. The score is pure Lalo Shicfrin circa DIRTY HARRY. It’s short but sweet and features Fleisher era vengeance.