Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Atom-Jon Chester Kozlak-1947

To my thinking, THE ATOM is probably the single best example of a Golden Age hero who turned out much better in his Silver Age revival. It was so different, of course, that it was hardly even connected, let alone the same thing. Here's the original, Al Pratt!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Giggle Toons-Howard Post-1948

Here's yet more early work from Howie Post, a favorite around these parts since the sixties. Post is probably best-remembered for his signed work for DC such as ANTHRO but he also was the main artist on Harvey titles such as HOT STUFF and SPOOKY for a while.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

A Moon in June-Loyd Little/Ron Villani-1977

Vaguely EC-like sci-fi from PLAYBOY in 1977, written by a science-fiction writer and drawn by one of Hef's regular illustrators. Ran into the pages I thought were cool enough to clip out at the time and thought I'd share them here.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Little Al of the Secret Service-Mike Roy-1955

In the seventies when researching comics creators was new, artist Mike Roy, a veteran of the Caniff "school," was often confused with artist and Kirby's chosen inker Mike RoyER--no relation. 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Sparky Watts-Mickey Finn-1948

A Golden Age favorite around here, Sparky Watts appeared in BIG SHOT COMICS as well as in his own title for a brief period and in newspapers. Here we have a Superman parody featuring Sparky but from the unusual spot as a backup in MICKEY FINN, Mickey being another regular in BIG SHOT so it was cross-promotion. This does not appear to be by Sparky's creator, Boody Rogers.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Dippy Diplomat-Guy Blythe-1942

Some lovely design-oriented strips from JOKER COMICS credited to Guy Blythe. Bails lists only this title for the artist so I'm wondering if it's a pseudonym. Anyone know? The strip itself is a seeming imitation of THE LITTLE KING from early Marvel, already basing characters on more established ones.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Scribbly and the Red Tornado-Sheldon Mayer-1942

We had a request for this one and I'm not one to turn down a request for Sheldon Mayer! His SUGAR & SPIKE title was a great favorite of my younger self and his earlier work is just as good! Although Scribbly is baed on mayer, this special 4th wall-breaking installment features SM himself as well!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Lady Luck-Nick Cardy-1941

Pretty sure this holiday story of LADY LUCK--more often associated with Klaus Nordling--is by the recently deceased (in 2013) Nick Cardy, back when he was at the Eisner studio as Nicholas Viscardi.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Sub-Mariner-Ken Bald-1948

Here's another wacky Subby story, this one from Ken Bald. How the strip went from arguably THE most sophisticated strip of its day a decade earlier and this is a mystery. These kinds of stories ARE great fun, however.