Monday, May 21, 2018

Brady Bunch-Jose Delbo-1970

Six years ago, when we last ran a BRADY BUNCH story here, the TV series was as ubiquitous as I LOVE LUCY or GILLIGAN'S ISLAND. It occurred to me recently that I haven't run across an episode anywhere in quite awhile. The times, they are a-changin'. Looking back, though, we'll always have these fun stories drawn by the always underrated Jose Delbo!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Johnny Thunder-Stan Asch-1941

Say, you! This is the strip where Johnny figures out those two words are soundalikes for his Thunderbolt controlling magic phrase. I've never really understood the popularity of Johnny Thunder but the strip was doing well enough to get him into the JSA as a replacement for the Flash! 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Bing Crosby-Bill Everett-1950

Here we have the true love story of Bing Crosby and Dixie Lee. Well, true except for leaving out a number of now-known and not exactly flattering facts in favor of press agent blah-blah-blah. The real attraction here, though, is that--fiction or not--it's brought to us by the creator of Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Judy of the Jungle-Ralph Mayo-1949

For those of you of a certain age, the name "Judy of the Jungle" might more evoke Judy Graubert's character on TV's THE ELECTRIC COMPANY (and in SPIDEY SUPER STORIES) in the 1970s. You might say the leggy miss seen here along with the usual stereotyped natives was the Golden Age version. It's written that the young Frazetta started out assisting artist Mayo. On this series, maybe? Don't know.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Oswald the Rabbit-1959

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was an early big hit for the young Walt Disney. Eventually, though, Disney left Oswald behind to create the more anarchic (in those days) Mickey Mouse. Oswald went to another Walt, Walter Lantz, who eventually redesigned the black and white character into a more modern looking one...who was soon supplanted by Lantz's more anarchic new character, Woody Woodpecker. This version of Oswald petered out as a Mickey-style suburban funny animal in Dell comics including this cute story with its cross-dressing ending! 

Half a century after this, the Disney folks would become home to Oswald again, restored to his original black and white version and now far more anarchic than the modern Mickey! Will wonders never cease?

Monday, May 14, 2018

Beetle's Brother Chigger Bailey-1964

Some interesting points made here about kids and toy guns but I'll leave you to discuss among yourselves, and not here. I'll delete any political comments.