Sunday, February 1, 2015

Davy Crockett-Simon and Kirby-1955


In the mid-fifties, it seemed like everyone was discovering the legends of Davy Crockett for the first time, even comic book companies. This little tale, done by S & K and most likely others in their studio as well, offers one of many four color Crocketts.




Saturday, January 31, 2015

Captain Video-George Evans-1951


Captain Video was a particularly 1950s hero. He really wouldn't have worked earlier or later. This long and exciting story takes on new significance when one realizes that Roy Thomas utilized the tale's robot, Makino, as the visual template for Ultron-5, the Avengers villain co-created with John Buscema who is about to be this next summer's Bg Bad on the big screen! 



















Friday, January 30, 2015

Colonel Porterhouse-George Storm-1942


As promised, here's a most unusual follow-up to yesterday's rather sexist LANCE O'CASEY story!






Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lance O'Casey-Harry Anderson-1942


Lance O'Casey was one of those generic handsome tough guy adventurers who proliferated in movies and comic strips in the middle of the last century. He hung around for quite a few years at Fawcett. Here's a nicely drawn but somewhat misogynistic tale that we're running mainly because tomorrow you'll see the unlikely follow-up to this story from later in that same issue!








Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Subway Stop-Tom Sutton-1977


I discovered Tom Sutton through his humor work at Marvel in the 1960s but he also did some westerns and even a few superheroes. He was the original artist on Vampirella when her stories first appeared from Warren. Oddly enough, though, it was at low-rent Charlton that Sutton was given his head and he really ran with it! Here is a literately written and intoxicatingly drawn short piece of pseudo-psyhedelic horror as reprinted in the brand-new Chilling Archives of Horror collection, TOM SUTTON'S CREEPY THINGS, available now here! Highly recommended!






Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Drop Towers-E.C. Stoner-1944


Let's face it. A lot of the Golden Age artists were just phoning it in. They didn't really "get" the comics concept or they just weren't trying. One gut who certainly tried was the wonderfully named E.C. Stoner (which would have been a great name for a 60s underground artist!). Stoner was yet another pioneering African-American artist. You can read much, much more about him here:






Monday, January 26, 2015

The Wraith-Mystery Men-1941


It's been nearly 3 years since we ran a Wraith story by the apparently pseudonymous Paul Develin (as opposed to Michael T. Gilbert's great Spirit-inspired character of the same name) but here's another, inspired by our recent Mr. Justice post because this fella is basically another Spectre wannabe.