Saturday, October 31, 2015

Rodger Dodger in Double Date-1952

Why look. It's another Archie clone, this one with Arch's personality but Reggie's looks (without his leer).

Friday, October 30, 2015

The Mask-Kin Platt-1941

This fella has the name of a couple of other comics heroes, an origin similar to Dr. Mid-Nite's and an outfit strongly reminiscent of Mr. Terrific and he spends a lot of time just flat out shooting people!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Colonel Corn and Korny Kobb-Reuben Littman (?)-1946

This nonsense is believed to be the work of one Reuben "Rudi" Littman, profiled in the newspaper article below. When Fawcett was winding down a few years later, Littman applied for copyright on these characters, possibly with the intent to use them in a newspaper strip. He ended up in advertising, though. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Dr. Fate-Chet Kozlak-1944

When I first met the JSA back in 1966, Dr. Fate became an immediate favorite. I've always been fascinated by the odd decision in the character's original run to make the cool helmet into half a helmet, then lose the cape, the characterization and finally the magic! Here's the one where the latter happens.

Monday, October 26, 2015

A Visit to a Lost Love-Gene Colan-1966

I don't know when he found the time to draw this as he had already been working steadily at Marvel for a year or so by this point but I have been a sucker for Gene Colan stories with snow for decades! GCD has Colan on pencils and inks. Looks to my eyes like someone else is inking.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Mutt & Jeff-Al Smith-1950s

In this past week's GASOLINE ALLEY strips at Go Comics, we learn of the death of iconic comic strip character, Jeff, of MUTT & JEFF fame. While the storyline is ongoing and it may still turn out to be a hoax, for now it looks like Jeff is a goner. So in tribute, here are some random--mostly Jeff-centric--strips from National's long running MUTT & JEFF comic book.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Mouse Musketeers-Lynn Karp-1959

Not the Mouseketeers, the Musketeers or even the Mesquiteers, here we have the Mouse Musketeers, loosely inspired by the popular Tom and Jerry cartoon with Tuffy--"Touché, M. Poosycat!"It was popular enough to merit its own title for nearly three years! Artist Lynn Karp had two brothers who were comics writers! He had worked as a Disney animator early on. This was getting near the end of his prolific funny animal/licensed character-related comics career.