Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Web-Zip Comics-1943

A great splash and some consistently off-kilter panel layouts throughout highlight this dark GA story of the Web, a far cry from the silly, hen-pecked Silver Age version!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Heartbreak Ranch-Romance Trail-1949

The art looks so familiar on this but...Parts look like Kubert, parts like Toth, other parts remind me of Dan Barry. Don't think it's any of them, though. What it most definitely IS, though, is one of those ridiculously overscripted stories where the art sometimes gets crowded out by all that the lettering!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Sparkle Plenty-Dick Tracy-1951

The marketing of Sparkle Plenty was one of the great success stories of newspaper comic strips. Here we see a couple examples of a one page filler strip added to Harvey's DICK TRACY reprint series. Although done in the Tracy style, these were not by Gould. Also below is an add featuring the character from that same period. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Tabu-Maurice Whitman-1948

Page 5  of this story features one of Dr. Wertham's best known examples of what he called the "seduction of the innocent." See the end for the clip from Wertham's book. I first saw the image in an issue of THE MONSTER TIMES but I guess I was a child who didn't know "how to look" because I was nearly an adult before I ever even figured out what the doctor's dirty mind thought he was seeing in that panel! 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Super Luck-Jigsaw-1966

A rather clever and original idea here but as far as I can tell, it went only as far as these two pages and Super Luck was never heard from again. Too bad.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Miss America-Tom Hickey-1941

Although one of several characters with the name from several different companies, I believe this Quality heroine may have been the first. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Flying Saucers-Chic Stone-1967

Not much here storywise but some good art from the always underrated Chic Stone, known at the time mainly for his inks on Jack Kirby's Thor and FF a couple of years previous.