Thursday, August 25, 2016

Nitro-Jerry Lazare-1946

While the art on this Canadian superhero story is passable for its day, one wishes that the artist had put as much effort onto it as he did his cool signature which turns up on both the first and last pages.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Homer the Happy Ghost-Dan De Carlo-1956

Some very modern attitudes about hunting in this 60 year old Stan Lee/Dan De Carlo piece. As fun as it was, Homer, of course, was such a direct rip-off of Casper the Friendly Ghost (with his own Spooky even!) that I'm surprised Harvey/Paramount never sued.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Dr. Doom-Criminals On the Run-1949

Hardly a foreign dictator, this Golden Age Doc Doom is a "keen-witted professor of criminology."Some handsome looking art here and it certainly looks familiar but I'm drawing a blank and GCD is silent on the subject. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Fire-Eater- Art Saaf-1941

I was just thinking that nowadays all these half naked superdoers would be easily recognized by any tattoos they might have, as many people do--of both sexes!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Great Gazoo-1976

One of the surprise treats in recent comics has been DC's new FLINTSTONES title. Fred and Wilma and all their friends first appeared in comics from Dell in 1961. Their adventures continued from Gold Key, Charlton and even Harvey. It may only have been at Charlton, though, where the Great Gazoo--the animated Cousin Oliver of his day--not only appeared but actually had his own comic for 20 issues that was still running a full decade after the final original episode of THE FLINTSTONES!  

Imagine Harvey Korman's best supercilious voice for Gazoo as you read this. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Abbott & Costello-1969

The ABBOTT & COSTELLO comic book came along ostensibly as a tie-in to the then-new 1960s cartoons. Only the cartoons were terrible and quickly tanked and the comic book--originally thanks to Steve Skeates--was often pretty amusing. Here we see the creators (hard to tell the artist and I believe Skeates was gone by this point) playing with the concept of comic books themselves.