Saturday, July 20, 2019

Miss Peach-Jack Mendelsohn-1963

The brilliant Jack Mendelsohn was best known for his comedy writing for TV and his work on the script for YELLOW SUBMARINE but here he adapts his JACKYS DIARY style to perfectly ghost Mell Lazarus's classic comics strip in its only full length comic book outing.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Top Cat-Phil Mendez-1971

Longtime readers know that the infrequent comic book stories by animator Phil Mendez have been a favorite discovery of mine through 4CS. Here's another.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Lucky Stiff-Jerry Robinson-1956

Some attractive art here in a compact little slice of life from the "Richard Cory" school. Signed by ex-Bob Kane ghost Jerry Robinson but but absent most of his recognizable trademarks, I'm curious if other hands may have been involved as well?

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Spy Smasher-Pete Riss (?)-1944

More WWII paper drive propaganda. THIS is the reason old comic books cost such a pretty penny these days. 

Thursday, July 11, 2019

I Dream of Genie-Jack Sparling-1961

Artist Sparling was known for war and jungle and serious kinds of comics but in later years became editor and chief artist for SICK. Here's a nice looking story from the artist whose work is often accused of looking "rushed."

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Gomer Pyle-Warren Tufts-1966

Unlike many 1960s TV adaptations that slavishly relied on lightboxing publicity stills for artwork, this one has the great serious cartoonist Warren Tufts doing some pretty unserious cartooning...and the strip works all the better for it! Still only lasted three issues, though.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Undercover Girl-Ogden Whitney-1952

You know I love old-time radio-related comics stories. This one starts out related but then goes off in another direction entirely. Nice early art from the always unsung Ogden Whitney. 

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Will Rogers-Howard Sherman-1948

Once one of the most famous men in the free world, does anyone even remember Will Rogers anymore? Here's a refresher course on the man who said he never met a man he didn't like. 

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Ragman-Allan Ulmer-1942

I believe we've noted before the resemblance between Ragman and Will Eisner's Spirit, from the basic masked man with a hat look to the stereotyped black sidekick. That resemblance has never been as prominent as it is in this story's very Eisneresque splash panel! In fact, I'd almost believe that was done by a different artist, in fact!