Monday, October 22, 2018

At Grips With the Enemy-Dick Ayers-1957

If any one artist other than Joe Kubert could be said to be the definitive war comics artist, it would be Dick Ayers. Ayers even appeared in his own old military uniform at conventions. Here's a relatively early war story from "Darlin' Dick."

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Love Today, Cry Tomorrow-Win Mortimer/Wallace Wood-1969

With his facility for drawing lovely women, I've always wondered why Wally Wood didn't do more romances at this point in his career. It seems a natural. Here he inks workhorse Win Mortimer. The combination almost makes the couple seen in the above splash look like Dick (Robin) Grayson and Linda (Supergirl) Danvers, both characters with which Mortimer was more than a little familiar. As usually happens with Wood inks, in the end, it becomes Wood art. 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Only Love Can Create-Ernie Colón-1969

Continuing our unplanned romance theme, here's some very pretty--and pretty unusual--artwork from a DC romance of the late 1960s. This comes from Ernie Colón, best known these days for his long run on Richie Rich titles and his co-creation of Amethyst at DC.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

A Stolen Dream-1967

Seriously, doesn't this weird, flatly drawn romance look almost like the work of pop artist Roy Lichtenstein? It isn't, of course, but GCD doesn't even venture a guess. I consulted a few experts and still no consensus. Roger Brand, perhaps? He was Wally Wood's assistant at the time and would eventually be known for his underground work. Jim Shooter? He was at DC--although in a different editorial department--and he tended to write by drawing his stories out, even though they were usually redrawn by others. Manny Stallman? Mike Royer? Parts look like Jack Abel inks. Any guesses out there?

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Man Who Wouldn't Die-Larry Lieber/Matt Fox-1963

I didn't use to like Matt Fox's comics work but over time I've become more and more intrigued by just how out of place it seemed in the early days of the so-called Marvel Age of Comics. Fox was an old-time pulp artist, and a good one, but his old-fashioned, stiff, illustrative style just didn't work anymore in comics.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Herbie, Boy Beetle-Ogden Whitney-1964

Over the years, Herbie has gained much respect as a cult series but sadly the same can't yet be said for the late, great Ogden Whitney who continues to be underrated.