Monday, April 30, 2018

Super Rabbit-Ernie Hart-1943

After Superman, was there anything that wasn't given a SUPER version during the 1940s?

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Gadgetman and Gimmick Kid-Jerry Siegel-1968

No idea who the artist is here but what we have is a set of two episodes in a continuing serial from the weekly British LION paper. The campy story and Adam West and Burt Ward-style dialogue comes from, of all people Superman creator Jerry Siegel, who was at the time also writing THE SPIDER in LION. 

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Hack O'Hara-Clark Williams-1943

Oops! My mistake. Thought this was another comic book sorcerer but it says right there he's not. In fact, it looks a lot like Bob Powell's Mr. Mystic but it's just plain old Hack O'Hara, back again. 

Friday, April 27, 2018

S-2 Strikes-Joe Kubert-1954

In the 1950s, EC Comics was known as the BEST when it came to horror comics, in spite of a very overcrowded field. I've long felt that Atlas deserves to be known as the best in the war comics field at that time. With about a dozen war titles published, they offered great, evocative covers, some pretty heavy stories, and some genuinely amazing art (by the likes of Heath, Maneely, Severin, Colan, and Romita). Here we even see the influential DC stalwart Joe Kubert, known ever after as THE war comics artist, in an early Atlas combat tale.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Vitamin Vic-Jack Farr-1946

You'll spot what appear to be several not so subtle drug references in this post-war kids' comic story drawn by the prolific and instantly recognizable Jack Farr.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Phantom Falcon-Joey Cavallo-1946

The only info I have on the artist of this story is that he appears in THE ART OF GEORGE TUSKA as the catalyst of a story about Tuska and another artist. The other artist was punching Joey Cavallo and Tuska punched out the other artist.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Those Who Vanish-Gray Morrow-1956

Here's another little gem from Gray Morrow at Atlas. Morrow fans can find a lot more of his work at our Facebook group, SHADES OF GRAY (MORROW).

Monday, April 23, 2018

Eddie Extra-Jersey-1958

We ran one of these 4 years ago. I love this guy's cartooning. More creative with this backup strip than other artists were with the main strips in the Charlton books he was in. Couldn't track down any info on him, though. Anyone?

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Pussycat-Jim Mooney-1970

From the mid-60s to the early '70s, arguably Marvel's most creative period, the company also turned out a number of short, sexy (and sexist) strips for Merry Marty Goodman's Men's Mag division starring dumb blonde Pussycat. Many episodes were written by Larry Leiber and artists included Wally Wood and Bill Ward but it was mainly longtime Supergirl artist Jim Mooney who drew her misadventures. Although considered naughty at the time, they're no more than PG-13 rated now, although the humor can be hard to take when viewed through a modern lens. My very first published article was about Pussycat 30 years ago in Amazing Heroes.