Friday, March 16, 2018

Goofy Gus the Inventor-1948

From radio's Colonel Stoopnagle to Disney's Gyro Gearloose, comic inventors were a pop culture staple for decades. Basil Wolverton offered his share of goofy inventors, too, and this strip, definitely NOT by Wolverton, is loaded with his style of humor crossed with a bit of Bill Holman's screwball SMOKEY STOVER.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Story of Pennsylvania-Allen Simon-1945

Had Max Gaines (Charlie to his friends) had his way, educational comic books would have been big all along. Between his involvement in the success of Superman and Wonder Woman and his son's transformation of Educational Comics to Entertaining Comics, Gaines championed his various Picture Stories  series--Science, the Bible, and American History. 

With Pennsylvania in the news so much the past few days, here's Gaines' brief history of that state.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Molly Muddle-Maurice Del Bourgo-1947

Artist Maurice del Bourgo was yet another prolific Golden Age draftsman whose work could be found at most of the major companies at one time or another. If remembered at all, though, it's generally for his prolific output for CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Abe Lincoln-True Comics-1943/1950

An unlikely hero of a comics mystery, this supposedly real life story of Honest Abe was originally published in 1943 but seen here from its reprint seven years later.

Monday, March 12, 2018

"Bulldog" Bulldog-1948

Forget Bulldog Drummond, here we see  Bulldog Bulldog! Shades of Hemlock Holmes!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Lee Sampson...Midshipman-Bob Wood-1940

Did they purposely go with "Midshipman" to make it look like a superhero name? The worst superhero name ever, mind you, but a superhero name nonetheless! Art here is credited to the later infamous Bob Wood, whose early work always reminded me of Bob Kane's. Wood later became known for editing violent anti-crime comics...until he was arrested for murder.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Johnny Rebel-Bob Fujitani-1942

This guy...Well, the last time I posted one of his stories, below is what I wrote. Cant think of anything better now. Yikes!

  "Just when you think you've seen it all as far as goofy sidekicks, you find Johnny Rebel, a southern-fried superteen whose sidekick is--and I'm not making this up, Rufus, the old family retainer. Words fail me."