Monday, July 28, 2014

The 4th Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor-"The Great Unknown"-1944

According to GCD, comics historians have long referred to the anonymous artist on this lovely FOUR COLOR strip as "The Great Unknown." Lots of guesses online as to the artist but no definitive answer. Anyone care to guess?

Bulletman-Don Rico (?)-1942

Not a big fan of Bulletman myself but I liked the art style in this installment. I was, however, surprised to see that GCD had labeled it as being by Don Rico, albeit with a question mark. I'm more familiar with Rico's later work so I can't say for sure but I never would have guessed. When I look hard , I see what they're seeing, though, so I suspect it is Rico...although I see a couple panels here and there that remind me of Jayson Disbrow, too, and I don't even think he was in comics yet!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Fiend of Halwith Hall-Chas Pearson-1940

Another early horror story here from 1940! The artist was with the Funnies, Inc. shop along with Burgos and Everett, thus getting him some credits at Timely early on, too. He later became a prolific gag cartoonist.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sazzik the Sorcerer-Jack Kirby/Dick Ayers-1962

Some really nice Kirby/Ayers art on this tale that oddly parallels the attack on the comic industry from a  decade earlier...up to a point anyway. And the boogie man here is television, not comic books. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Coby-Mort Drucker(?)-1954

Some cute art here that looks mostly like Drucker's early work and he DID do this feature in another issue but there's something about it that looks a bit off to be him. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Grimm, Ghost Spotter-Don Weaver-1943

This was Grimm's only outing, I'm afraid. Horror stories just didn't sell in Wartime, I suppose. A decade later now, this guy could have been a star! GCD speculates that "Don Weaver" is really Rudy Palais. I can kind of see it. Can any of you experts out there verify one way or another?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

S*M*A*S*H-Ed Burdej/Rex Lindsey-1983

It may look like a MAD reject but this belated black and white parody of the already then-legendary TV series M*A*S*H, which had already ended its run by the time this came out, actually popped up as a backup in DC's SGT. ROCK comic! With lots of fascinating stories by the likes of Tim Truman, Tom Yeates and other Kubert School grads also appearing there in those days, I'm going to go out n a limb and say editor Joe Kubert was using his comic as a place to get his students and grads some credits and experience. In fact, the artist here has only this as a credit! Does anyone know if he was using a pseudonym? Inks by Rex Lindsey, better known today for a long run drawing JUGHEAD!