Monday, March 30, 2015

Rex Dexter of Mars-Dick Briefer-1941


Somewhere between the studied oddness of Basil Wolverton's serious works and the out and out lunacy of Fletcher Hanks, stories and characters, one finds Dick Briefer. Best known for his schizophrenic versions of Frankenstein, here we find him on Rex Dexter of Mars!








Sunday, March 29, 2015

Marvelo, Monarch of Magicians-Fred Guardineer


Artist Fred Guardineer was probably THE Golden Age specialist when it came to drawing guys with facial hair gesturing mystically. Here he is again with the first appearance of yet another magic act. Seriously, in the lead-up to the Dr. Strange movie, someone really needs to write a book about these "Sons of Mandrake."








Friday, March 27, 2015

Minimidget-John F. Kolb-1940


As the husband of the co-creator of MS. MOLECLE, I found myself drawn to stories of pint-sized super guys lately. Here's one I'm not familiar with.







Thursday, March 26, 2015

Abbott and Costello-Film Fun-1949


There really isn't much as UNfunny as vintage British comic strips based on real people. Whoever was writing and drawing these things seemed to have very little understanding of humor in general, let alone the unique humor of particular comedic performers. And it wasn't just something lost in the translation. Old Mother Riley and George Formby regularly appeared--at least in name--in these same issues, baring little resemblance to their crowd-pleasing real life selves. Still, perhaps due to the just plain consistency of the unfunniness of these kinds of strips, they have an odd appeal and charm all their own. 




Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dick Shamus-Mel Crawford-1966


In 1966, Jewish humor was in vogue and thus came KOSHER COMICS which featured ethnically-themed (and thus now politically incorrect. Sorry if you're squeamish about that.) parodies of famous characters including, as seen here, DICK TRACY. The mustache actually presaged TRACY creator Chester Gould giving the real Dick one for a while a few years later. The artist here is the great Mel Crawford, who died in February of 2015. 
R.I.P. 








Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tiger man-John Celardo-1946


Is it just me or does this strip play like a combination of Tarzan in the big city mixed with the pulp version of The Shadow? Even kind of looks like Tarzan courtesy of artist John Celardo, who was drawing Tarzan in the newspapers around this time or soon afterwards.










Monday, March 23, 2015

Super Brat-Harry Betancourt-1954


Yet another DENNIS THE MENACE clone, this one crossed that series with SUPERMAN...at least at first. SUPER BRAT discarded his cape and powers fairly quickly, dyed his hair red, and became LI'L GENIUS, a title which was eventually published by three companies over nearly a dozen years with a brief revival two decades after that!