Sunday, March 31, 2019

Spectro the Mind Reader-Al Camy-1945

Yet another "Son of Mandrake," drawn appropriately enough by the marvelously named Al Camy. 

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Bob Colt-Bob McCarty-1951

Cowboys and flying saucers? This wacky western's been reprinted several times over the years but it was too good not to put here as well. 

Friday, March 29, 2019

A Voice in the Fog-Steve Ditko-1982

Some unusual and creative effects here from one of the masters of same. 

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Tomorrow the World-E.E. Hibbard-1945

Here's an unusual piece from AA Comics in WWII. While it's an adaptation of the then-recent film and its earlier stage play, the story eschews any ending in favor of a contest for middle schoolers. And look on the last page who the judges were said to be! Big names indeed. Was the winning ending ever run anywhere? Not sure. I know that All-American offered up reprints of just this story in an unusual move. Giveaways? One was sold on HA recently. See below for the front "cover."

It's a rare comics story that explicitly acknowledges the hatred for the Jews and how it was spreading to America. In the film, boy Nazi was portrayed by Skippy (later "Skip") Homeier who would go on to a long career as a character actor that included a couple STAR TREK episodes.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Stalking Time Bomb-Wayne Howard/Sal Trapani-1972

An interesting art combination here. Wayne Howard's Wally Wood-like tendencies are downplayed or  at times buried all together here by the typically pedestrian inking of veteran Sal Trapani, making the final product look, to my eyes, more like '60s Tales of the Unexpected stuff.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Gorilla World-Carmine Infantino/Joe Giella-1954

Yet another possible influence on Pierre Boule's 1963 novel, MONKEY PLANET (aka PLANET OF THE APES)? Unlikely, sure, but you never know!