Monday, June 17, 2019

Phil and Bill-Art Helfant-1941


In today's Laurel and Hardy strip...well, not technically, but add a little mustache to the big fella and read the other guy's lines with an English accent and you have a close approximation. 


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Starr of Wonderland-1967


This young woman is basically the personal superhero of a Westworld-style fairy tale-related  amusement park created by her father. Definitely a more original idea than most in '67!





Saturday, June 15, 2019

He Who Laughs Last-Sid Greene-1953


My first thought on this one was Reed Crandall but GCD says it's Sid Greene and on closer inspection, I see it. See panel 5 on Page 3. Greene was usually an inker at DC later but his inking was very distinctive. This COULD be him inking someone else but in this period, an Atlas artist usually worked solo outside of possible corrections or production touchups. 





Friday, June 14, 2019

Phantom Lady, Spider Widow, and the Raven-Frank Borth-1943


This early crossover story is part of a short series where Quality tried to make two superheroines go all Betty and Veronica over also ran superguy, the Raven. This proto-"mini-series" ran in both POLICE and FEATURE COMICS.






Thursday, June 13, 2019

Louis Armstrong-Alan Crisp-1962


Before the Beatles hit big, the UK girls' comics were dramatizing the lives of jazz musicians!




Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Inspector-1976


The Inspector is, of course, a cartoon (and comic book) realization of Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau but I have always felt he achieved a comedic life of his own, distanced from his source material.





Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Sargon the Sorcerer-Joe Kubert-1945


As superhero popularity faded, National attempted to prop up many of its heroes by introducing goofy sidekicks. Sargon's was one Maximillian O'Leary, a leftover type from Vaudeville, Burlesque,  and old newspaper strips, whose initial appearance is seen here.