Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hayfoot Henry-Stan Kaye-1946

Stan Kaye is better known as a longtime inker on SUPERMAN.

Fly Girl-John Giunta-1962

I was never a fan of John Giunta's work in the DC sci-fi/mystery comics of the sixties but his earlier work has grown on me, with this story having almost a Steranko vibe--before Steranko. Giunta mentored Frazetta, too!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Man Who Shrunk the World-Jack Kirby/DickAyers-1961

Just because the Marvel superheroes weren't really around yet doesn't mean Kirby couldn't create a Marvel super-villain. Here's one now, in fact. Note the ad for the FF on the last page. There would soon be lots more super-villains. In fact, Marvel being Marvel, I'm surprised they never brought this guy back...or did they?

Monday, September 28, 2015

Scoop Scanlon-Will Ely-1939

Here's five star reporter Scoop Scanlon--later played, believe it or not, by Durward Kirby on THE GARY MOORE SHOW in a sketch featuring Carol Burnett as Supergirl! In this early--and somewhat muddled--adventure, Scoop stumbles onto a pot farm!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Capt. X of the RAF-Jon Blummer-1941

Good solid comics hero action here on the eve of the US entrance into WWII.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Pop Knows Or Does He?-Giggle Comics-1951

Some very nice art on this Commander McBragg/Baron Munchausen type filler piece for ACG but--as often happens--no idea of the artist. Very animated drawing, though.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Just Imagine A World of Thinking Robots-Jack Kirby and Joe Simon-1946

With articles about robots frequently turning up these days including a warning this week not to have sex with one (!), it's important to note that Jack Kirby--as he did with many innovations--foresaw it first.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Girl Behind the Glass-Jay Scott Pike-1957

The great GGA illustrator Jay Scott Pike passed away recently. In spite of his years of exemplary comics work, he remains known--if at all- for DC's DOLPHIN in 1968. Here, a little more than a decade earlier, we find Jay fiddling with some of the same themes and imagery at Atlas in what could be termed a Dolphin prototype story.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Inspector Dayton-Jumbo Comics-1941

Mechanical men were surprisingly common in fiction of the mid-20th century, be it silent films, serials, pulps, cartoons, or comic books! Here's one now.