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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Moon Girl and the Prince-Sheldon Moldoff-1949

Charlie Gaines was dead by this point and his son Bill had turned Educational Comics into Entertaining Comics. According to legend (and to Moldoff) it was Moldoff who suggested the concept of horror comic books to Gaines. This would seem to be an early attempt at horror, mixed with EC's only superhero series.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Don Glory, Champion of Democracy-Nick Cardy-1940

This two-fisted Amuhr-kin fighter decides to take on the enemies of democracy personally, mano a mano! Today, he'd look like an egotistical right-wing extremist but in the pre-war days of late 1940, he was a REAL MAN, baby!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lariat Law-Creig Flessel-1937

About the only way to really imagine what comic books might have been like if Superman hadn't revolutionized the industry in 1938 is to look at what PRE-Superman comics were featuring. Let's just say there were an awful lot of cowboys!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


THE FOX AND THE CROW began in animated cartoons in 1941 and graduated to their own co,mic book series in REAL SCREEN COMICS in 1945, followed by their own long-running title in 1952.

THIS, however, from Wonderland Comics in 1945, is NOT the Fox and the Crow. Oh, it's A fox and crow...just not THE Fox and Crow.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Human Bomb-Paul Gustavson-1944

He's a guy in a hazmat suit who blows up...real good. Never a favorite of mine and I could have done without the seventies revival--or the later ones--but here's a kind of a fun story of THE HUMAN BOMB.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Shake, Rattle and Roll-Owen Fitzgerald/Scott Shaw-1978

Here's some late comic book work from legendary humor penciler Owen Fitzgerald and some early comic book work from now EQUALLY legendary humor artist Scott! Shaw, (who, as I write this, has been appearing as a character in DICK TRACY!). He isn't credited but Mark Evanier wrote it. I don't recall the characters at all but Wikipedia does---Shake (voiced by Paul Winchell), Rattle (voiced by Lennie Weinrib), and Roll (voiced by Joe E. Ross) are three ghosts who run a hotel for ghosts and other supernatural creatures. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sailor Sweeney-Syd Shores-1956

I've always enjoyed the solid draftsmanship of Syd Shores. Here we see him in an inconsequential early Code-approved comic using some wonderful facial expressions. Note also that his style has made a great leap since his CAPTAIN AMERICA work of just a few years earlier.