Friday, October 31, 2014

Boys' Ranch-Mort Meskin-1955/1951

Here we have a 1951 tale of Simon and Kirby's BOYS' RANCH, drawn by Mort Meskin but with a splash by Kirby (and Simon?). The interesting part here is that this is a post Code reprint of a pre-Code story and some of the Code-mandated changes are pretty obvious (see page 6 in particular). The REALLY funny part is that this appeared in WITCHES WESTERN TALES, one of the oddest titles of the transition period after the CCA came in!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Stand Proud the Warrior Breed-Gil Kane-1970

Just before he headed back to Marvel to become their Spidey artist and main cover artist for much of the next decade, Gil Kane seems to have soloed on this DC western buried amongst reprints in a 1970 SUPER DC GIANT anthology. Kane's amazing storytelling skills were wasted by having him do more covers than interiors there in the long run. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Vampire-Tarpe Mills-1940

Justly hailed as a pioneering female comic book artist, here's Tarpe Mills showing how creepy horror comics could get more than a decade before EC's glory days.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Neptina-Champ Comics-1941

Bently Wade seems to have been a real writer but no idea on the art here. Well, one source speculates Harry Parkhurst, with whom I'm not familiar. I do like it, though, Raymond swipes and all, and I'm surprised "Neptina" as a name never caught on in real life.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Ka-Zar-Ben Thompson-1940

Here's the Golden Age version of Marvel's Ka-Zar. Like many white jungle men in comics--itself almost a sub-genre--he has a "Z" in his name in order to remind the reader that in spite of the fact that he clearly isn't the phenomenally popular Tarzan...he really is Tarzan. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Phantom Reporter- Sam Cooper-1940

Sort of a combination of The Crimson Avenger and the Press Guardian (I'd say with maybe a dash of Will Eisner's Spirit thrown in but that character had yet to debut!). 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Silver Scorpion-Harry Sahle-1941

Better known for his work at Quality and Archie, here's Harry Sahle's Timely art on one of the earliest superheroines in the prehistoric days of the Marvel Universe.