Thursday, October 18, 2018

A Stolen Dream-1967

Seriously, doesn't this weird, flatly drawn romance look almost like the work of pop artist Roy Lichtenstein? It isn't, of course, but GCD doesn't even venture a guess. I consulted a few experts and still no consensus. Roger Brand, perhaps? He was Wally Wood's assistant at the time and would eventually be known for his underground work. Jim Shooter? He was at DC--although in a different editorial department--and he tended to write by drawing his stories out, even though they were usually redrawn by others. Manny Stallman? Mike Royer? Parts look like Jack Abel inks. Any guesses out there?

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Man Who Wouldn't Die-Larry Lieber/Matt Fox-1963

I didn't use to like Matt Fox's comics work but over time I've become more and more intrigued by just how out of place it seemed in the early days of the so-called Marvel Age of Comics. Fox was an old-time pulp artist, and a good one, but his old-fashioned, stiff, illustrative style just didn't work anymore in comics.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Herbie, Boy Beetle-Ogden Whitney-1964

Over the years, Herbie has gained much respect as a cult series but sadly the same can't yet be said for the late, great Ogden Whitney who continues to be underrated. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Magno-Paul Gustavson-1940

Longtime followers will recall that around here we love Magno and Davy. Well, here we have a different, Davy-less Magno!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Betty and Veronica-Bill Woggon-1947

Sometimes the early Betty and Veronica stories could veer really off-model. Remember that these leggy creatures are supposed to be 16 years old. 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Peter Pester-Hy Mankin-1952

This artist was interesting. Started out as an inker on Superman, later inked Bugs Bunny newspaper strips and drew Roy Rogers stories. Later on, he worked on Jonny Quest for television. Some pretty impressive art here when it's not almost covered by typically verbose Lev Gleason comics dialogue.