Monday, February 29, 2016

Love Starved-Chic Stone-1969

Classic Kirby inker Chic Stone took a break from drawing ultra-gory black and white horror comics for Eerie Publications to do this body shaming "romance" tale, well-drawn but with a questionable message.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Midnight-Jack Cole-1949

Here we see the spirit by Jack Cole...err...I mean Midnight. A common mistake. Here we see Midnight up against almost Kurtzman-like foes with an old-tome radio backdrop. Hilarity ensues. 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Patches, Tubby, and Senator Claghorn-Maurice del Bourgo-1947

PATCHES COMICS had a lot of ties to radio dramas and comedies of the day. Here, for instance, our young protagonists encounter Senator, I say, Senator Claghorn, Kenny Delmar's parody of a Southern politician made famous on Fred Allen's radio show. Delmar also played the role in a film or two and the characterization was co-opted by Foghorn Leghorn. Years later, Kenny Delmar achieved fame amongst baby boomer kids as the narrator of UNDERDOG!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Van Johnson-Black Cat-1950

Linda Turner in the BLACK CAT stories was a Hollywood actress in her day job. Thus she would often interact with both real movie stars and realistic facsimiles of same. Here she meets Van Johnson  some 16 years before he fought the Caped Crusaders in Season Two of BATMAN. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Ears of Hollywood-Nick Cardy-1950

Here's an interesting filler from THE ADVENTURES OF ALAN LADD featuring a supposed true behind the scenes story from Hollywood.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Posty-Krazy Comics-1942

Even the funny animal characters in Golden Age comics went up against Nazis! Here's one such story now, credited by GCD to Ed Winiarski and/or Vince Fago. 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Smiley Burnette-Maurice del Bourgo-1947

Growing up, Smiley Burnette was the friendly Charlie the Engineer on TV's PETTICOAT JUNCTION. Little did I realize then that this was the tail end of a long and successful career as "Frog Millhouse," the fairly ubiquitous sidekick to Gene Autry and other B movie cowboys. Here we see explained his rise to his early fame and success.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Sugar and Spike-Sheldon Mayer-1956

I just found out that DC is "reviving" Sugar and Spike as adult detectives whose clients include superheroes. Sigh...The original series, which ran nearly the length of the Silver Age, is one of the closest things to a perfect comic book series ever. Here's their very first appearances from 1956, pretty amazing right out of the gate!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Spy Smasher-Emil Gershwin (?)-1942

GCD puts a question mark next to the artist's name on this one and I have to agree. I adore Gershwin's smooth, Raboy-like work elsewhere and while I can sorta-kinda see it here, I'm not at all sure this isn't someone else trying to be Raboy-like.