Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Kathy-Stan Goldberg-1961

The late Stan Goldberg once told me that KATHY, THE TEENAGE TORNADO--one of several Atlas/Marvel Archie variations--was the first regular comic book he ever drew (after a couple tries at horror stories). Mainly the company's colorist in this period, Stan G (so dubbed to differentiate him from Editor/scripter Stan LEE) took what he learned and went in to draw more than half a century of similar stories for Marvel, DC and especially Archie! Here, we have a particularly meta story where all the characters know they star in their own comic books and meet the other stars of different comics, Patsy Walker and Hedy Wolfe!

R.I.P. Stan Goldberg

Monday, September 1, 2014

Zaro, Jungle Magician-Sparkling Stars-1946

As we all know, crime-fighting magicians were plentiful in the Golden Age as were jungle heroes. So naturally, someone was bound to do a crime fighting jungle hero magician! And here he is now!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ima Slooth-Jack Cole-1939

The great Jack Cole was quite prolific in the Golden Age in spite of having to concentrate on his monthly PLASTIC MAN stories and, early on, ghosting THE SPIRIT strip for Will Eisner. Here he is with an early MLJ strip that later resurfaced at another company.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Lidsville-Roger Armstrong-1973

"In the middle of the summer, in the middle of a park, there began a strange adventure for a boy whose name was Mark..." One of my favorite Saturday morning theme songs opened up this typically hallucinogenic Krofft Brothers production which starred former Eddie Munster, Butch Patrick. The comic was pretty far-out as well!

Friday, August 29, 2014

A Feline Feast-Lee Marrs-1975

One of the treats found buried in DC's "mystery" mags of the Bronze Age is Lee Marrs, the talented underground and "ground-level" cartoonist, with all-too-few pages printed in the mainstream. Here are a couple from WEIRD MYSTERY TALES. For the story behind them and other interesting facts about WMT, see my article on same in an upcoming issue of BACK ISSUE due out early in 2015.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Lodestone-Ernie Bache-1956

Starting put as an assistant to Dick Ayers, Ernie Bache's output mostly consists of inking other pencilers which is too bad. One look at this early post-Code story penciled by Bache shows just how talented he was, even for the kind of money Charlton paid.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Navy Jones-"Frank Pensley"-1940

Vikings, undersea princesses, sea serpents and even Jules Verne's Nautilus, complete with Captain Nemo! Yes, it's another wacky SCIENCE COMICS treat!