Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Mystery Men of Mars-Stan Aschmeier-1939

Although this is Stan Asch, it reminds me very much of Paul Noris's later BRICK BRADFORD--even the ship! Carl H. Claudy, although now largely forgotten, was a prolific author in his day, with books on aviation, freemasons, photography, and quite a bit of juvenile science fiction!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Maine Mutiny-Nuts-1954

I rewatched THE CAINE MUTINY recently for the first time in years. A marvelous actors' showcase. MAD parodied it back in the day but they weren't alone! Here's another parody from NUTS!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Battle Cake-Bill Finger/Ross Andru/Mike Esposito-1956

One doesn't often call a war comic "fun" but this one is. Batman/Green Lantern co-creator Bill Finger, who would have been 102 years old today, is the credited writer. The Andru/Esposito team provides the unusual splash panel (as well as the rest of the art)

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Night of Friday the 13th-Lou Cameron-1954

This story is pretty wordy but Lou Cameron's lively art and layouts more than make up for that. Cameron is one of those guys whose work I had never seen before I started this blog but who is now a favorite from the fifties.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mento the Mighty-Don Heck-1960

Typically lush Don heck art in this pre-Marvel story about a would-be super-villain. I'm surprised he didn't turn up again a couple years later to battle the FF or Iron Man.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Gloomy Gus, the Homeless Ghost-Red Holmdale-1945

Perhaps inspired by the great success of the 1941 film, HERE COMES MR. JORDAN in which a man is killed before his time and, with some angelic help, tries on the bodies of others as they pass. The series ran for quite a while. The movie was remade in the seventies as HEAVEN CAN WAIT.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Captain Steve Savage Over Korea-Wally Wood-1950

Long but some lively early Woodwork. Reads a bit like a 1950s TV version of the artist's R-rated 1970s strip, CANNON. For those who like hard copies, this was reprinted in one of Vanguard's several enjoyable recent hardcover collections of Wallace Wood's early work.