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!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Wonder Woman-Marston/Peter-1941

Everyone who's ever read one knows just how wacky a Golden Age WONDER WOMAN story can be and this particular one has to be one of the wackiest. First let me play Leonard Maltin and apologize for the Mammy stereotype on page 2. Historical context, etc, etc.  H.G. Peter's art takes some getting used to but it really was perfect for this strip. And he really was quite good at layouts. Check out the bottom of Page 3 where the boat seems to continue from panel to panel as one piece giving a real sense of the speed of events in that sequence. But then just groove to the weirdness of it all.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mad Ming-Funny Pages-1940

Mad Ming was a fairly typical "Yellow Peril" type, similar to Fu Manchu and a score of others who dotted the early comics landscape. This story has well-delinieated characters but sparse backgrounds for the most part and is notable in that the ostensible hero of the series simply gets a phone call and shows up for the capture. To answer the question in the last panel, GCD says this was Ming's final appearance.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Mr. Terrific-Stan Aschmeier-1944

By request, here's Mr. Terrific, champion of Fair Play, with an atypical sci-fi outing. The art is by Stan Aschmeier, AKA Stan Asch AKA Stan Josephs, one of the go-to guys for second string superheroes at DC in those days.

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Assistant-Frank O'Neal(?)-1962

This may or may not be work by Frank O'Neal, upon whose comics strip, SHORT RIBS, this was based. Looks like his work to me but strip creators were often too busy to do new stories for comic books and thus handed them off to assistants. Whoever did this one was--like many people then--predicting that computers might take our jobs. Noooo! That could never happen!

For more on SHORT RIBS, go here.