Friday, November 30, 2012

Dynamic Boy-Bill Madden-1942/1944

Here we see the same story twice. The first pages are from the original appearance in DYNAMIC COMICS in 1942, the corresponding page beneath it is from a reprint just two years on in MAJOR VICTORY. The main differences are in the coloring but note how that really does make a difference in the story. 


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Boy Commandos-Curt Swan-1948

In retrospect, THE BOY COMMANDOS was a surprisingly popular and long-lasting strip, appearing in a number of different magazines for most of the Golden Age. This relatively late strip is credited to quintessential Superman artist Curt Swan but he is clearly aping creators Simon and Kirby... quite well in fact.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tooter Turtle-1963

One of my favorite TV cartoons of the early sixties, Tooter Turtle stories were all the same. He would get an idea in his head of what he wanted to be but instead of working toward that goal, he'd get his wizard friend to zap him into being it, no matter how unprepared he was. Then he's get into trouble and the wizard would zap him back to his reality. Most of the TV cartoons seemed to be funnier than this comic adaptation but I do like the art-style here.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Jo-Jo Jones the Promoter-1956

Some fun little single pagers from the back of issues of the late Lev Gleason title, SHORTY SHINER.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Captain Freedom-Arturo Cazaneuve-1941

Wikipedia says that the real identity of the pseudonymous "Franklyn Flagg" remains unknown to this very day. GCD, however, has no qualms or question marks about listing the prolific Arturo Cazaneuve as the artist. His brother, Luis, was also a Golden Age comic artist. As with many of these historical features, please pardon the propaganda and ethnic stereotypes. 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Blonde Bomber-Barbara Hall-1942

Some interesting cinematic layouts here from Barbara Hall, one of the relative few women comic book artists of the Golden Age. She did most of her work for Harvey, later became an oil painter, and since I can't find confirmation of her death, may still be alive in her nineties. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Asteroid Witch-Murphy Anderson-1950

Here's some sleek, stylish and gorgeous early Murphy Anderson sci-fi from AMAZING ADVENTURES more than 6 decades ago! A little obvious FLASH GORDON influence here from the man who, around that same time, was drawing BUCK ROGERS.