Thursday, October 30, 2014

Stand Proud the Warrior Breed-Gil Kane-1970

Just before he headed back to Marvel to become their Spidey artist and main cover artist for much of the next decade, Gil Kane seems to have soloed on this DC western buried amongst reprints in a 1970 SUPER DC GIANT anthology. Kane's amazing storytelling skills were wasted by having him do more covers than interiors there in the long run. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Vampire-Tarpe Mills-1940

Justly hailed as a pioneering female comic book artist, here's Tarpe Mills showing how creepy horror comics could get more than a decade before EC's glory days.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Neptina-Champ Comics-1941

Bently Wade seems to have been a real writer but no idea on the art here. Well, one source speculates Harry Parkhurst, with whom I'm not familiar. I do like it, though, Raymond swipes and all, and I'm surprised "Neptina" as a name never caught on in real life.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Ka-Zar-Ben Thompson-1940

Here's the Golden Age version of Marvel's Ka-Zar. Like many white jungle men in comics--itself almost a sub-genre--he has a "Z" in his name in order to remind the reader that in spite of the fact that he clearly isn't the phenomenally popular Tarzan...he really is Tarzan. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Phantom Reporter- Sam Cooper-1940

Sort of a combination of The Crimson Avenger and the Press Guardian (I'd say with maybe a dash of Will Eisner's Spirit thrown in but that character had yet to debut!). 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Silver Scorpion-Harry Sahle-1941

Better known for his work at Quality and Archie, here's Harry Sahle's Timely art on one of the earliest superheroines in the prehistoric days of the Marvel Universe.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Claw-Bob Wood-1943

One of the first super-villains to be granted his own series, The Claw is best remembered for his battles with Daredevil and the Silver Streak but in his own series, he also came with his own built-in nemesis, The Ghost. This is credited to the multi-talented Bob Wood who went on to be a bit of villain himself (look him up).