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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Kane and Abel, Private Detectives-John Ewing-1937


Here we have the story that answers the musical question, "What if Adolf Hitler was a pipe-smoking private eye?" It can also be read as a "Mutt and Jeff" strip or even a Peter Cook/Dudley Moore sketch!









Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dr. Hormone-Ralph Carlson-1940


By popular demand, here's more of the recent DR. HORMONE story that we ran. This one has the Klan, dinosaurs, the pyramids, a parachuting granddaughter and a mysterious voice. What it apparently does NOT have...is a conclusion. As near as I can tell, this was the final "episode" of this wacky series!






Monday, April 21, 2014

Kandi the Cave Kid-Walt Kelly-1942


More pre-POGO fun from the one and only, wonderful Walt Kelly. Kelly turned up frequently in animation related comics featuring characters from MGM, Disney and, as here, Warner Brothers.








Sunday, April 20, 2014

Doctor Hormone-Ralph Carlson-1940


Klansmen, crucifixions, flying trains and billions of fleas. What's not to like?







Saturday, April 19, 2014

Moon Girl and the Prince-Sheldon Moldoff-1949


Charlie Gaines was dead by this point and his son Bill had turned Educational Comics into Entertaining Comics. According to legend (and to Moldoff) it was Moldoff who suggested the concept of horror comic books to Gaines. This would seem to be an early attempt at horror, mixed with EC's only superhero series.









Friday, April 18, 2014

Don Glory, Champion of Democracy-Nick Cardy-1940


This two-fisted Amuhr-kin fighter decides to take on the enemies of democracy personally, mano a mano! Today, he'd look like an egotistical right-wing extremist but in the pre-war days of late 1940, he was a REAL MAN, baby!







Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lariat Law-Creig Flessel-1937


About the only way to really imagine what comic books might have been like if Superman hadn't revolutionized the industry in 1938 is to look at what PRE-Superman comics were featuring. Let's just say there were an awful lot of cowboys!