Monday, February 8, 2016

The Night of Friday the 13th-Lou Cameron-1954

This story is pretty wordy but Lou Cameron's lively art and layouts more than make up for that. Cameron is one of those guys whose work I had never seen before I started this blog but who is now a favorite from the fifties.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mento the Mighty-Don Heck-1960

Typically lush Don heck art in this pre-Marvel story about a would-be super-villain. I'm surprised he didn't turn up again a couple years later to battle the FF or Iron Man.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Gloomy Gus, the Homeless Ghost-Red Holmdale-1945

Perhaps inspired by the great success of the 1941 film, HERE COMES MR. JORDAN in which a man is killed before his time and, with some angelic help, tries on the bodies of others as they pass. The series ran for quite a while. The movie was remade in the seventies as HEAVEN CAN WAIT.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Captain Steve Savage Over Korea-Wally Wood-1950

Long but some lively early Woodwork. Reads a bit like a 1950s TV version of the artist's R-rated 1970s strip, CANNON. For those who like hard copies, this was reprinted in one of Vanguard's several enjoyable recent hardcover collections of Wallace Wood's early work.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Bob and Ray-Mort Drucker-1957

A little tribute to Bob Elliott who passed away this week. I discovered Bob and Ray in the 1980s with their public radio series but then devoured their deadpan humor anywhere else I could find it after that...including several early issues of MAD. R.I.P. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

On the Set-Detective Comics-1954

I always loved these little one or two page fillers in DC Comics, usually by Henry Boltinoff. This doesn't look like his work to me but still funny and not even noted in GCD.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hedy Wolfe-Miss America Magazine-1951

In a way, Hedy was Veronica to Patsy Walker's Betty. Patsy was, of course, later integrated into the Marvel Universe as Hellcat. Outside of a cameo outside Reed and Sue's wedding, was Hedy ever brought into the main Marvel continuity? No idea of the artist here, although the last page looks very Bill Elderish! Maybe?