Sunday, August 20, 2017


The final week begins. Countdown: T-7 days.

Yet another Archie rip-off? Maybe not. This 1968 backup from a DENNIS THE MENACE comic is clearly drawn by one of the DENNIS artists but not sure which one.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Best of Booksteve's Library Is Now Available!

Thanks so much to all of you who have written to say how much you've enjoyed this and all my other blogs over the years. I hope you'll consider ordering this 500 page BEST OF BOOKSTEVE'S LIBRARY, now available in book form via Amazon!

The ebook should be available next week and for those who have asked, I should be able to have some signed copies available directly from me in a few weeks!

The Red Bee-Witmer Williams-1941

Ah, the Red Bee, so called because...well, because...well, he has a pet bee named Michael...that's RED. Oh, and our hero has puffy see through sleeves. That oughta count for something!

Friday, August 18, 2017

In the Wake of the Bomb-Robert McCarty-1953

A timely warning from the past sparks this story which itself could easily be looked on as a timely warning from the past. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Closing Soon

With nearly 2500 posts on this blog and over 10,000 total on all my blogs over the past dozen years, I am announcing my retirement from active blogging after next week.

Watch for THE BEST OF BOOKSTEVE'S LIBRARY, coming in book form and collecting some of my best--IMHO--writing from my core blog.

Thanks for all your support!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Merlin the Magic Mouse-1969

Merlin, here, was one of the latter-day replacement Looney Tunes characters, looking more Hanna-Barbera than Warner Bros. Oddly, while few of these cartoons were amusing, a valiant attempt was made to incorporate the characters into the comics and the comics were generally more amusing than the films!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tide of Terror-Carl Burgos-1949

GCD isn't sure this is Burgos but could be. I have to admit that until recently, I had no idea just how important Burgos was to Timely/Atlas right up through the end of the 1950s. Odd that his style just didn't fly when he was put on a couple of second tier heroes for Marvel just a very few years later.

Monday, August 14, 2017

An Excursion to Mars-2038 AD--A.S. Van Eerde

A.S. Van Eerde was a commercial artist and fine artist of the 1920s and '30s who dabbled in comics writing and illustration. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Richie Rich and Little Audrey-1989

From Harvey Comics' last (I believe) attempt at a comics line, here's a fun time travel team-up between two rarely teamed characters. Is this Ernie Colon? Not sure. 

If you're a Harvey comics fan, be sure to get the just published HARVEY COMICS COMPANION, an 800 page definitive history with an Introduction from Dan Parent and an Afterword by...ME!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Terror of the Deep-Harry Lazarus-1953

Sorry I've been absent. Was down sick all week. Back now with a well-drawn ghost pirate saga from Harry Lazarus. Almost a Joe Kubert feel to this one. To see more of Harry's work, check out Pappy's post from 7 years ago here!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Telecomics-Red Ryder-1946

"Teleboy?" Seemingly a standard humor strip, it was sometimes oddly used as a framing device for the title's other longtime backup strip, KING OF THE ROYAL MOUNTED!