Saturday, December 3, 2016

Sparkle Plenty-Dick Tracy-1951

The marketing of Sparkle Plenty was one of the great success stories of newspaper comic strips. Here we see a couple examples of a one page filler strip added to Harvey's DICK TRACY reprint series. Although done in the Tracy style, these were not by Gould. Also below is an add featuring the character from that same period. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Tabu-Maurice Whitman-1948

Page 5  of this story features one of Dr. Wertham's best known examples of what he called the "seduction of the innocent." See the end for the clip from Wertham's book. I first saw the image in an issue of THE MONSTER TIMES but I guess I was a child who didn't know "how to look" because I was nearly an adult before I ever even figured out what the doctor's dirty mind thought he was seeing in that panel! 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Super Luck-Jigsaw-1966

A rather clever and original idea here but as far as I can tell, it went only as far as these two pages and Super Luck was never heard from again. Too bad.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Miss America-Tom Hickey-1941

Although one of several characters with the name from several different companies, I believe this Quality heroine may have been the first. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Flying Saucers-Chic Stone-1967

Not much here storywise but some good art from the always underrated Chic Stone, known at the time mainly for his inks on Jack Kirby's Thor and FF a couple of years previous.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Imitation Man-Jack Kirby-1962

Names changed or not, just a few years later, it's obvious that Marvel and the rest of the world were taking a whole different view of Fidel.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Fidel Castro-Joe Sinnott-1959

Bet you didn't know the now late Fidel Castro had been a Marvel character! In 1959 he was a revolutionary and there were hopes he would bring peace to Cuba. Who could have predicted then the Communist demagogue he would become who would oppress and torture his own people and who admitted that he came close to nuking the US in 1962?