Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wilbur-Joe Edwards-1954

Wuffy looks like he strolled over form Wally Wood's "V...V...Vampires" from MAD around that same time! On the other hand, Wilbur's girlfriends, Not-Betty and particularly Not-Veronica would be sued for copyright infringement if Archie wasn't publishing this, too!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Trouble in the Zoo-Mo Gollub-1946

Some rather realistic faces as rendered by once and future animator Mo Gollub are seen in this cautionary tale from ANIMAL COMICS. Remembered today chiefly as the early home for Walt Kelly's POGO, the title carved a unique niche for itself in the Golden Age and presented many other wonderful stories about animals, some anthropomorphic, others based on real life.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Super Chief-Carmine Infantino-1961

In the early '70s, DC reprinted a Super Chief story in one of the early Super Spectaculars and I recall thinking him the weirdest looking hero ever! I stand by that when I see this one in which our Native American protagonist meets up with aliens!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Moon Man-Bernie Krigstein-1955

Krigstein's most innovative work may have been elsewhere but his most mainstream work was done for Atlas. Here we have yet another example.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Old Swap Shop-Jingle Jangle-1949

I'll say one thing for JINGLE JANGLE COMICS--it sure was well-drawn! No idea by whom in this case.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Gigolo-Ross Andru/Mike Esposito-1954

My very first favorite art TEAM in comics was Andru/Esposito, whom I first met on METAL MEN and WONDER WOMAN. Turns out the pair had a long history together not just as artists but as publishers. Here's one of their 1950s stories with some lovely art. They would try again as publishers in the early 1970s before Ross finally found some measure of fame as Spider-Man's regular artist.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Guns of Bull Carson-Reed Crandall-1957

A slight but atmospheric western tale, Reed Crandall was yet another artist who was too good for comics. He was also one of the rare ones who made a strong impression in the Golden Age (on BLACKHAWK), a strong impression in the 1950s (at EC) and a strong impression in the 1960s (via Warren magazines).