Saturday, September 20, 2014

Super Duck-Jolly Jingles-1943

We've run a story or two of Super Duck before. You know, cockeyed little-billed fellow in lederhosen? Well, guess what! He wasn't always thus. In the great tradition of Mighty Mouse, who began as Super Mouse, here's the original Super Duck as he appeared in his earliest stories before becoming losing his powers and adopting a Donald Duck motif.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Les Paul & Mary Ford-Bob Correa-1953

Here we have yet another example of heavily photo-reffed real celebrities in a comic story, This time it's a youthful romance in which their then-popular song saves the day. Art is by one Bob Correa, unknown to me but who seems to have gone on to do Turok, Son of Stone.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Tank Knows No Mercy-Jack Kirby/Steve Ditko-1960

This story is rather inconsequential but it's always quite a treat to have Ditko inking Kirby, especially around this time when they weren't swamped with superhero work on deadline and could perhaps take a little more time to really make it pretty. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Debbie-Al Hartley-1946

Always a pleasure to see some vintage Al Hartley and here he is now with a very early story. Apologies for the porter on page 3. Although essentially an Archie plot and with Hartley being a longtime Archie artist later, here his style is much more detailed and less cartoony.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Teensters-Cookie-1951

Yet another Archie variant but I like the drawing on this one.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Jazz!-Lee Elias-1953

At first glance this might look like one of those "true-life" comics but it really isn't. In fact, it's a horror story from Harvey and Harvey did many of the best non-EC horror stories! Some really good art here by Lee Elias whose work later become a little TOO stylized for some tastes before morphing again into a nice illustrative style prior to his passing. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Rawhide Kid-Dick Ayers-1956

Here we see the original Atlas Rawhide Kid with some spectacular art by Dick Ayers, a wonderful artist but not one normally associated with the word "spectacular." How he found time to turn out work like this when he was busy drawing what seemed like every third cowboy story during the 1950s, I'll never know.