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Friday, April 25, 2014

William Penn-Frank Frazetta-1946


Everybody's favorite babes and barbarians painter, Frank Frazetta, had to start somewhere! Here's Fritz at age 18--not even old enough to vote in those days--telling us the story of Pennsylvania pioneer William Penn...with nary a buxom wench to be found.




Thursday, April 24, 2014

Dr. Styx-Bernard Baily-1945


Doctors in comic were, of course, almost as prolific as Captains. Following on the hot heels of Dr,. Hormone, here's one Dr. Styx, a Phantom Stranger-style fellow drawn by Spectre artist Bernard Baily. Here' he's working for a man named Stones. Styx and Stones. Get it?








Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Kane and Abel, Private Detectives-John Ewing-1937


Here we have the story that answers the musical question, "What if Adolf Hitler was a pipe-smoking private eye?" It can also be read as a "Mutt and Jeff" strip or even a Peter Cook/Dudley Moore sketch!









Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dr. Hormone-Ralph Carlson-1940


By popular demand, here's more of the recent DR. HORMONE story that we ran. This one has the Klan, dinosaurs, the pyramids, a parachuting granddaughter and a mysterious voice. What it apparently does NOT have...is a conclusion. As near as I can tell, this was the final "episode" of this wacky series!






Monday, April 21, 2014

Kandi the Cave Kid-Walt Kelly-1942


More pre-POGO fun from the one and only, wonderful Walt Kelly. Kelly turned up frequently in animation related comics featuring characters from MGM, Disney and, as here, Warner Brothers.








Sunday, April 20, 2014

Doctor Hormone-Ralph Carlson-1940


Klansmen, crucifixions, flying trains and billions of fleas. What's not to like?







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.