Friday, July 1, 2016

When a Planet Dies-Joe Maneely-1951

Here we have a great sci-fi story with perfect art by the always-interesting Joe Maneely but I'm fairly sure the plot was lifted from a sci-fi digest or radio series.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Red Skeleton-Mystic-1942

No idea what they were thinking here since actor/comedian Red Skelton was already well known in movies and on radio by the time this character appeared. Still, it's a fun, self-referential story that reads like one of those great light hearted B movie comedy mysteries of the 1940s.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Billy the Kid-John Severin-1960

The great John Severin just liked to draw westerns and he went where the westerns were. Here we find him at Charlton, getting low wages for first class work. A tad skimpy on the backgrounds perhaps, but he was incapable of substandard artwork, right up until just before his passing a  few years back.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Volcano-Richard Doxsee-1957

I always think of artist Richard Doxsee as the one who got away. He wasn't quite up to the EC level but he was well beyond the standard level for comics artists of the day. Given time, he might have progressed even further but his work stopped appearing by the early sixties.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Philpot Veep-Joe Devlin-1939

Here's another beautifully drawn pair of PHILPOT VEEP pages by Rube Goldberg's former assistant Joe (aka John) Devlin, a talented artist who had also succeeded Milt Gross on LOOEY DOT DOPE. 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Lucille Ball-Win Mortimer-1950

I enjoy these celebrity bio comics that appeared as filler in dozens of titles from multiple companies. This one is illustrated by Win Mortimer, a prolific artist whose longest gig might be as the artist on SPIDEY SUPER STORIES 25 years later.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Underwater-Howard Nostrand-1956

Far too often, Howard Nostrand is written off as an imitator of Wood or Davis. I like to think of him more as a student of their work. How can one look at a story like this, for example, and not find it just stunningly gorgeous?