Sunday, September 30, 2018

Ozzie Owl-Rube Grossman-1949

From the artist best known for the annual Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer comic books from DC.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Sunset Carson-Fran Matera/Chad Kelly-1951

Most of Sunset's stories are traditional comics stories but this one is oddly captions-only. It's also oddly credited to M/K Studios. I assume that refers to Matera and Kelly who are also credited separately.  

Friday, September 28, 2018

Beware the Weirdos-Gil Kane-1965

It's my recollection that as prevalent as Gil Kane was in comics in the early 1960s, he rarely got to ink his own work. This seems to be Gil inked by Gil, though. Nice!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Lucky-Fred Fredericks-1963

As a  kid I used to see Fredericks' cartoons and comical strips in various magazines and had no idea he drew Mandrake as well! Very talented!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Doctor Vampire-Stan Asch (?)-1944

This guy was too early. If he'd stuck around a few years until the horror boom came along, he might have been a big success.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018


Here's a lovely but forgotten little early sci-fi story from the late, great Steve Gerber with the young P. Craig Russell and the veteran Dan Adkins. 

Monday, September 24, 2018

Super Weird Heroes Vol. 2

Just a note to let readers of 4CS know that they would probably like this new Yoe book, due out officially on Oct. 2nd. It's a lot of what we do here, focused on the goofy third tier and lower super people and masked heroes of the 1940s and '50s. I'm pleased to say I worked behind the scenes (mainly research and proofreading) on both volumes. 

Here's a nifty new article/review/interview:

Meet the Octopus-Ed Moline (?)-1951

Another day, another question mark from the GCD. I'm not familiar enough with this artist to even make a guess as to whether it's him. As far as the title, no, it isn't yet another obscure superhero...sadly. 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Steve Strong on Volcano Island-1945

"Steve Strong" sounds like the name I would have come up with fro a superhero when I was six years old. That's about all the info I have on this fella, though. 

Genius Jones-Alfred Bester/Stan Kaye-1942

It was rare that Golden Age comics identified the artists and if they had any writer credits at all, they were generally fictional house names. Here, though, artists Stan Kaye gets top billing but writer "Al" Bester gets billed, too. Bester, of course, would move on and become one of the great science fiction authors of the 20th century with titles such as THE DEMOLISHED MAN (the first Hugo Award Winning Novel) and THE STARS MY DESTINATION.