Sunday, December 21, 2014

Frankenstein, The Black Owl, The Green Lama, Doctor Frost, Yank & Doodle, Bulldog Denny, The General and the Corporal-Dick Briefer-1942

Here's one of Dick Briefer's early, serious Frankenstein serious as you can be when you have a pair of cartoony looking army guys teaming up with superheroes from the other features in PRIZE COMICS! Unlike most superhero groups, they don't bother with a name. Hmm...How about, "The Prize Package?"

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Who Is Mighty Mouse?-1949/1954 Reprint

Timely gave up or lost the Terrytoons license to St. John in the late 1940s and the upstart company ran with it, eventually using Mighty to front the world's first 3-D comic! Along the way, even the series' filler was fun, as in this tale of one of Mighty Mouse's ancestors.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Swoop Storm-Frank Volp?-1943

Homicidal crossdressing teenage Nazi assassins. Sounds like it could have merited a mini-series in the eighties, doesn't it?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Winnie the Waitress-Vic Herman-1948

Known for his Winnie the Wac gag cartoons in WWII, Vic Herman is the artist on this obvious civilian variation of same, Winnie the Waitress. Herman did many fun filler strips like this for Harvey as well as some of their actual regular characters including Little Dot. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Mask-Raymond Thayer-1940

Artist Raymond Thayer only dabbled in comics but was known as one of the great pulp artists of his day. This version of The Mask was his creation and in a way foreshadowed Marvel's Daredevil with a blind man being secretly a superhero. The difference was that in this case his blindness had healed but he didn't tell anyone!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Gay Ghost-Howard Purcell-1944

Skip the jokes that required this guy to be re-named 'The GRIM Ghost" in later reprints, please. His long-running series was usually by Howard Purcell--never flashy but capable of turning out some lovely illustrative comics art well up into the 1970s at least. This particularly well-written piece is almost a variant on IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE...or else it could be said to be that if not for the fact that the movie wasn't made until 1946 and this was 1944!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Larry Steele-Cliff Young-1942

Mainly a commercial artist, Cliff Young spent most of his years in comics at DC where he did some impressive work on a succession of secondary features.