Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Captain Blood-Special Agent-1948

Here's a wonderfully drawn intro story (were there more?) by the great Ruben Moreira, best known for his long association with DC on strips such as ROY RAYMOND, TV DETECTIVE. The character is a far cry from Errol Flynn's dashing movie hero of the same name, though.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Gangbusters-Dan Barry-1947

GANGBUSTERS was based on, or rather inspired by, radio's violent series of the same name. Initially it appeared as a short feature in Dell Comics but as crime comics became a big deal, National  went so far as to give it its own title, essentially an anthology crime series. Some real nice art here, credited to Flash Gordon's second father, Dan Barry. I'd swear that girl at right in the splash was drawn by Kirby, though. 

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Inspector-1960's (From a 1974 Reprint)

Not quite Clouseau, this PINK PANTHER spin-off strip, from the PINK PANTHER spin-off cartoon of the same name, was quite amusing on its own and even more so if one reads it in the voice of its animated version, the late Pat Harrington, Jr.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Pinky Lee-Morris Weiss-1955

Pinky Lee was a lisping, mincing burlesque comic who reinvented himself without changing one bit as a lisping, mincing children's show host when TV came around, only to be back in the nostalgic burlesque revivals 20 years after that! During his TV heyday, marvel cashed in by giving him his own comic book.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Dick Storm in China-Mort Meskin-1939

This story is full of cliches but wonderfully illustrated by the young stylist Mort Meskin. Meskin would sadly suffer some personal setbacks but become highly influential in comics.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Tommy the Time Traveler-Thurston Harper-1944

This funny and well-drawn piece with its blonde Cleopatra is credited to Thurston Harper, an animator who worked for the pre-Mickey Disney and later on Fleischer's GULLIVER'S TRAVELS. He would also do some humor work for DC.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Douglas Fairbanks-Stookie Allen-1946

I noticed the other day there's a new book out about Douglas Fairbanks.It's good to see he's still remembered. This little comics bio came only 6 years after he passed and about 15 years after his retirement.