Friday, November 21, 2014

Prof. Jogg's Travelogs-Basil Wolverton-1947

Hold your loose caboose! I don't need an obtuse excuse when I run Basil Wolverton work!

Jughead-Retcon Job-2005 (?)

Normally the Archie digests list creators even if the original publications the stories are reprinted from didn't. This wonderfully meta tale, of course, does not. Still, superhero universe fans are bound to be in on the joke!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dickie Dean-Bob Montana-1942

I don't know what Bob Montana was doming at Lev Gleason after Archie had already launched at MLJ but here he is with a funny and well-drawn (naturally) story.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Vagabond-Ed Winarski-1941

Near the top of anybody's list of Oddest Comic Book Heroes ever, this guy is like a combination of W.C. Fields, Siegel and Shuster's later Funnyman and Red Skelton's Freddie the Freeloader!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Midge Martin-Masquerade Melee-1949/51

Some fun and expressive art here on this story of high school newshound Midge Martin originally done in '49 but seen here in its 1951 reprinting. Sadly it's yet another unknown artist.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Masquerade party-Steve Ditko-1961

Here's a very nicely polished Ditko terror tale from the period where he may or may not have been assisted by his then-Sudio mate, fetish artist Eric Stanton. Kind of looks like it to me on this one. Skip the last two Comics Code-ascribed panels that were added in by Sol Brodsky or some other artist in order to water down the ending and eliminate any actual supernatural aspects.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Wally Williams-Vic Bloom/Tom Hickey-1939

Here, from late in 1939, is the story of an All-American teenage boy, his friend Jughead, the rich girl he loves and Betty, the poor girl who loves him, all written here by a barely pseudonymous Boni Vic Bloom who, just a couple years later, would write the first few stories of yet another All-American teenage boy, his friend Jughead, the rich girl he loves and Betty, the poor girl who loves him. Just sayin'. Note: These kids are from RiverVIEW, not RiverDALE.
Thanks to Ron Goulart, R.C. Harvey, Shaun Clancy and Jon Cooke.