Sunday, July 22, 2018

Tom Kerry, District Attorney-Ken Ernst-1940


This early art from future MARY WORTH illustrator Ernst reminds me very much of the direction that another illustrator, Alex Toth, would be headed in about a decade. I've never read that Ernst was an influence on Toth but one presumes an artist soaks up everything he sees so...






Saturday, July 21, 2018

Timothy Smith-Camberley-1944


It's been a weird day and I got nuffin' on this one. Just enjoy.






Friday, July 20, 2018

Human Torch Facts On Fire-1948


A clever idea (and title) for a back up feature for Timely's Human Torch but I think this may have been the only time it appeared. The Torch himself didn't appear for much longer in his original run. 


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Mr. E-Charles Sultan-1941


One of several characters oh so cleverly named throughout the history of comics.








Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Whack's Museum-Bill Everett-1953/1974





When I was 15 years old, this Bill Everett reprint turned up in Marvel's Arrgh! It looked like just a reprint anyway, and Roy T's editorial called it a reprint and even today the Grand Comics Database simply says it's a reprint. A closer look however shows a number of changes by unknown hands. Seen here for comparison we have BOTH versions! The first thing you'll note is that the original is 5 pages and the reprint only 4 due to various panels adding up to a page being removed (possibly due to the Code?). More importantly, however, gags were added or changed throughout! "I Like Ike" becomes "All the Way With LBJ" for example. My favorite is the vampire in the splash, labeled "Dracula" in he original but "Barnabus (sic)" in the redo. The weirdest part of that change is that the figure looks more like Barnabas even in the original, about 15 years before Barnabas Collins was even created! How many other changes can you find?













Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Moon-Man-Bernie Krigstein-1955


Here's another well done but not incredibly innovative tale from comic art hero Bernard Krigstein, known for his innovative layouts and artwork. 




Sunday, July 15, 2018

MLJ Ads-1940s


No story today. I continue to be impressed by the fact that MLJ Comics--and their later Archie incarnation--put as much effort into their house ads as they did for their stories. Here's a few for your enjoyment!












Friday, July 13, 2018

GoFundMe Request

First of all this fundraiser is not for me. This is for my friend Alan Bryan. I met Alan when he stayed up all night at his job at the Pentagon reading my blogs some years back now. He's a huge comics, movie, and particularly music buff and an amazingly generous human being in all aspects of that word.

Since I've known him, though, his wife has died, his own health declined, and his job went away, and now, literally on the verge of pulling out of the hole that left him in, he's at risk of losing the home he lives in with his 92 year old father-in-law.

We're perpetually broke but I managed to come up with $50 to donate. Please read his story and if you can, consider a donation of any size so he can get back on his feet.

And whether you can or can't donate, please share this link on Twitter, Facebook, etc. It was my blogs that introduced me to Alan and I'm hoping my blog can help him in his time of need.

Thanks!


Sorry for the interruption.

More comics tomorrow.

Booksteve


https://www.gofundme.com/yy9ryj-keep-our-house

Ssssh-Dan DeCarlo-1967


Happy Friday the 13th!