Here we have not just the "origin"of Millie the Model but also her first story as she returned to her Archie-style art after more than a half decade of soap opera style art from such artists as Ogden Whitney and Stan Goldberg. This, in fact, may BE Stan G as GCD has Mark Evanier revealing that Stan ghosted for Sol Brodsky who signed this one. Stan was actually better at this style of art than the more serious stuff and would go ion to decades of it for Archie Comics.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Here's an unusual one--not just back and white but augmented with photographs from ten 1957-58 TV series, THE NEW ADVENTURES OF CHARLIE CHAN. Although that series was adapted at the time by DC, this is a UK version from a couple of years later when the series, presumably, was running there. The show starred J. Carroll Naish (better known at the time as the lovable Italian Luigi from TV and radio) and James Hong and both appear in the photos.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Frank Bolle is one of those artists whose work is uniformly well-done and yet almost criminally ignored. He drew lots of westerns and soap style strips and later anonymous stuff for Dell and Gold Key. I particularly like his faces.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
My son, age 17, is studying various aspects of feminism in history (for fun) and one name that keeps coming up is that of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell. Here's here story from the "Wonder Women of History" back-up series that ran in early issues of WONDER WOMAN.
African-American artist Alfonso Greene is interesting as well. This was some of his last work before ending up in prison in 1946! Go here for the story: http://thecomicsdetective.blogspot.com/2010/02/re-alfonso-greene.html
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Dell's FROSTY THE SNOWMAN stories were seasonal back in the day and must have been quite the treat to the young reader as every issue was therefore special. It wasn't a character you'd say every single month. It snowed all day here, though, so that's why YOU'RE seeing Frosty today!
Friday, December 6, 2013
One major good thing for me about this blog is that I've discovered a number of new artists with whose work or even NAMES I was previous;y unfamiliar. One of my favorites of these new discoveries is Alvin Hollingsworth, an African-American artist from the fifties who went on to be quite successful as a painter for many years. Here's a crime story from him. The poor printing doesn't do his heavy use of black justice but still some good stuff here.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Here's a real-life Archie clone, Ozzie and Harriet's youngest son both in reality and on TV. Ricky didn't have much personality as a performer but he was pretty good singer in a kind of Elvis-lite mode. Here he's drawn by the great TARZAN (and later STAR WARS) artist Russ Manning!