GEORGIE was an ARCHIE or ALDRICH FAMILY-style comic put out by Timely as their superheroes began to fade in popularity. In this particular story by an unidentified artist (Timely experts please feel free to chime in), the characters actually visit the company that puts out their comics! Note that the editor they meet looks not a bit like real-life editor Stan Lee or even publisher Martin Goodman.
Friday, December 30, 2011
Quality's big lug private eye, KEN SHANNON, gets a bad rap from some comics fans because he bounced Plastic man out of POLICE COMICS. Hey, if it hadn't been Ken it would have been someone else. The day of the superhero was ending...for a while. This series, largely drawn by the former BLACKHAWK team of Reed Crandall and Chuck Cuidera, was actually pretty good, though, with the unique looking title character reminding me from my own, modern, perspective of TV ELLERY QUEEN Jim Hutton, perhaps crossed with a bit of former GOOD MORNING AMERICA host David Hartman. This particular story, from POLICE COMICS 116, showcased both the ending, as well as the murderer's identity, on the cover! Luckily for you, I'm not showing that cover!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Steve Dahlman came from the same group that brought Bill Everett and Carl Burgos into comics, Funnies, Inc. Like those two, his work appeared regularly in early issues of MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS. His character, the robot Electro, never gained the fame of Sub-Mariner or the Human Torch but, as visually sort of a Golden Age Iron Man, he had some well-drawn adventures.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Yesterday's post mentioned how I made my own action figure of Blazing Skull when I was a kid. That reminded me of my favorite custom action figure--the Golden Age Hawkman! I knew the character from his JLA appearances with the yellow mask so I made the mask out of the end of a yellow balloon. I made the wings out of bendable straws--a relatively new invention at the time--with shredded paper towels taped over them. Definitive Hawkman artist Joe Kubert drew this late story of the character from 1948.