Monday, September 24, 2018

Meet the Octopus-Ed Moline (?)-1951

Another day, another question mark from the GCD. I'm not familiar enough with this artist to even make a guess as to whether it's him. As far as the title, no, it isn't yet another obscure superhero...sadly. 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Steve Strong on Volcano Island-1945

"Steve Strong" sounds like the name I would have come up with fro a superhero when I was six years old. That's about all the info I have on this fella, though. 

Genius Jones-Alfred Bester/Stan Kaye-1942

It was rare that Golden Age comics identified the artists and if they had any writer credits at all, they were generally fictional house names. Here, though, artists Stan Kaye gets top billing but writer "Al" Bester gets billed, too. Bester, of course, would move on and become one of the great science fiction authors of the 20th century with titles such as THE DEMOLISHED MAN (the first Hugo Award Winning Novel) and THE STARS MY DESTINATION.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Poe's The Raven-Frank Springer-1963

One of the great unsung Silver Age artists is Frank Springer. I first noticed his work on DC's SECRET SIX but, as seen here, he was already doing quite well several years earlier. He went on to draw a pioneering adult graphic novel, a newspaper comic strip with Stan Lee, and become the main artist for NATIONAL LAMPOON's comic book parodies but he's probably best known for inking Frank Robbins on a long run of THE INVADERS.