Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Saint-Starring George Sanders-1939

I love the early movies with Leslie Charteris' evergreen Simon Templar character--the Saint. Watched one last week, in fact. (Not this one) This was part of a thankfully short-lived attempt at translating current hit films into comics format using actual stills, as little actual artwork as possible, and TONS of text!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Volton-Charles M. Quinlan-1940

Quinlan was a very good and very prolific Golden Age artist who died in 1953, just as the Comics Code was about to change everything for the field. 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

They Called Me a Witch!-Jack Kirby/Joe Sinnott-1960

Not only an unusual splash for Jack (no square fingers even!) but someone had the bright idea to put the legally required Statement of Ownership right there! And too small to see anyway!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The War-Don Perlin-1971

Some very traditional funny animal art from the great Don Perlin, better known for his more serious work on titles such as Marvel's WEREWOLF BY NIGHT! Well, I guess one fur covered protagonist is the same as the next.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Mighty Man and the World's Strongest Girl-Martin Filchock-1941

Here's some wacky wackiness from Martin Filchock, one of the wackier cartoonists of the Golden Age of Comics.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Tales of Fred-Terry Gilliam-1967

Post Harvey Kurtzman, pre-Monty Python, and long before his big screen hits and misses, here's artist/writer/director/actor/animator Terry Gilliam from SURFtoons!

Friday, May 10, 2019

The Story Nobody Knows-Bob Forgione-1956

One of my favorite Alan Moore one-offs in 2000 AD from the 1980s is a story about a man who meets himself from the future but eventually decides he doesn't want to be that person. This 1956 US story, while not the same, is so close in many ways--and oft-reprinted in the UK according to GCD--that I wouldn't be surprised if Moore had been influenced subconsciously or otherwise. 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Anniversary Coming!

Coming up in early June will be the 9th anniversary of FOUR-COLOR SHADOWS. What I'm hoping to do is to run a week's worth of reader requests. What would YOU like to see? Feel free to recommend certain characters, certain eras, genres, artists, writers, publishers, etc. Try to keep your requests to public domain stuff, please. Yes, I know we don't always do that here but even the non-PD stuff we post is generally relatively obscure. 

If you're wanting a specific story, please give as much info as possible and I'll see if I can track it down. 

If we get seven requests, we'll run seven days of requests if possible. If we get more than that, I'll run seven I can find. If we only get one or two, I'll probably lie and tell you we got seven anyway. What the heck? You'll never know. ;P

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Warlock the Wizard-1940

Here we have yet another of the "Sons of Mandrake!" This one an early comic book magician. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Banshee-Dennis O'Casey-1941

I remember learning the meaning of the word "banshee" when the X-MEN villain (and later member) was introduced. 25 years earlier, kids were encountering the word from this guy!