Thursday, July 31, 2014

Old Smokey-Tex Ritter Western-1955

The main features in Charlton's continuation of Fawcett's TEX RITTER title, in spite of some occasional good art, were pretty cookie cutter. At least the monotony was broken up from tome to time by silly filler such as this anonymous bit of cowboy nonsense from the days when Francis the Talking Mule was popular. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Horrible Herman-Joe Maneely-1952

One of the great stylists of 1950s comics art, it's always a pleasure to share some Joe Maneely art. I know he did a little work on CRACKED and a few of the other satire mags but he always looked as though he would have fit right in with the Usual Gang of Idiots over at MAD had he not been so ill-fated.

Monday, July 28, 2014

The 4th Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor-"The Great Unknown"-1944

According to GCD, comics historians have long referred to the anonymous artist on this lovely FOUR COLOR strip as "The Great Unknown." Lots of guesses online as to the artist but no definitive answer. Anyone care to guess?

Bulletman-Don Rico (?)-1942

Not a big fan of Bulletman myself but I liked the art style in this installment. I was, however, surprised to see that GCD had labeled it as being by Don Rico, albeit with a question mark. I'm more familiar with Rico's later work so I can't say for sure but I never would have guessed. When I look hard , I see what they're seeing, though, so I suspect it is Rico...although I see a couple panels here and there that remind me of Jayson Disbrow, too, and I don't even think he was in comics yet!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Fiend of Halwith Hall-Chas Pearson-1940

Another early horror story here from 1940! The artist was with the Funnies, Inc. shop along with Burgos and Everett, thus getting him some credits at Timely early on, too. He later became a prolific gag cartoonist.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sazzik the Sorcerer-Jack Kirby/Dick Ayers-1962

Some really nice Kirby/Ayers art on this tale that oddly parallels the attack on the comic industry from a  decade earlier...up to a point anyway. And the boogie man here is television, not comic books. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Coby-Mort Drucker(?)-1954

Some cute art here that looks mostly like Drucker's early work and he DID do this feature in another issue but there's something about it that looks a bit off to be him.