Sunday, September 30, 2012

Tommy Tinkle-Pauline Comanor-1940

According to GCD, the artist here is Pauline Comanor, known at one time as the nations' ONLY girl cartoonist! She has a fascinating story which went right up until 2005 and she still maintains a posthumous presence on the Web at 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Space Rangers-Planet Comics-1946

SPACE RANGERS is similar to DC's later TOMMY TOMORROW strip with two bantering heroes flying through space writing wrongs. Bob Lubbers drew some of this series but once again in the one I've chosen here, GCD refuses to make a guess, let alone a commitment as to whom they think the artist to be. Some good stuff, though. 

Friday, September 28, 2012

The American Eagle-Maurice Gutwirth-1944

Maurice Gutwirth was a prolific Golden Age artist but I don't particularly like his art style. That said, one has to admire the energy he brings to this story of one of the dozen or so characters with "Eagle" in his name.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Kitty Karr of Hollywood-Mort Drucker (?)-1952

This was a cute backup strip that ran in DC's long-running ADVENTURES OF BOB HOPE early on. GC lists future MAD superstar Mort Drucker as the artist on earlier installments but doesn't mention this one. The art looks the same, though, so I'd venture to say this is Mort, also.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Devil Dog Dugan-Joe Sinnott-1956

Always fun to see inker extraordinaire Joe Sinnott inking his own pencils, even, as here, when he seems to be channeling John Severin's style  to some extent. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sir Butch-Dave Berg-1942

Here's MAD's straight-laced suburban domestic king, Dave Berg, once again, in his even more ridiculous misspent youth. Not sure but it wouldn't surprise me if he was making a conscious effort at imitating Jack Cole here.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Dick Devens of Futuria-Wonder Comics-1947

Here'a a Blue Beetle-looking Flash Gordon type with some interesting art. GCD won't even guess who the artist(s) might have been but whomever scanned this pencilled in that it's by Jim Mooney and Graham Ingels. Anyone familiar with their styles--very different from each other!--can see that's a good guess. I'd be definitely willing to say it's Mooney. Not as sure on Ingels but I can see it. An odd combo if true.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Captain Sprocket-Joe Edwards (?)-1963

Often looked at by the casual observer as having been created in response to TV's camp BATMAN of '66, here's the first appearance of Captain Sprocket from a full 3 years earlier, probably written by George Gladir. The character would continue to appear throughout the rest of the decade with progressive silliness.