Friday, October 24, 2014

Number 1648: Sea Devils, alien abductees!

Sea Devils, written by editor Robert Kanigher and drawn by Russ Heath, was popular in the early sixties. Maybe it was that combination of the exotic, the deep sea diving and giant aliens and monsters they came up against that made them stand out.

Besides giants, DC Comics never shied away from big concepts, either. In this case a fleet of flying saucers steal our planet’s water. Of course our heroes, despite being no bigger than the aliens’ fingers, are able to return the seas and their contents. It amazes me what Kanigher could accomplish in so few pages. And of course, Russ Heath’s dramatic drawings are superb.

From Sea Devils #5 (1961):

I showed another Sea Devil saga just over a year ago. (Correction: two years. See the comments below.) Click on the thumbnail.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Number 1647: Dead Man’s Doom!

Anticipating Halloween next week, we have a spooky story. The moody and melodramatic tale of a malevolent medium in the aftermath of murdering his mark has a gimmick: a couple of meanings, besides the most obvious, for the term “dead man.” Huh. I was not familiar with either of these descriptive phrases before, so who says you can’t learn something from comic books? King Ward signed this story in the splash panel with a fancy “K”.  It is from Forbidden Worlds #2 (1951).

Monday, October 20, 2014

Number 1646: Wonder Woman’s hot feet

Wonder Woman stories written by her creator, Charles Moulton (William Moulton Marston), seldom disappoint. They have elements that elevate the character above the run-of-the-mill super-doer. This delightfully oddball tale is set in Mexico with a beautiful eight-foot-tall señorita, bandits with bandoleros, Wonder Woman’s invisible plane, chains, bondage, and even Wonder Woman in bare feet walking over hot coals. Wow.

This Mexican melange is drawn by H.G. Peter, and is scanned from Sensation Comics #45 (1945).

More wonderful wacky Wonder Woman. Click on the thumbnail.

The New Yorker for September 22, 2014, had a fascinating article by Jill Lepore on the character and Marston. Click on the thumbnail.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Number 1645: Frankenstein and the Beautiful Dead

The poor monster can’t get a break when it comes to female companionship. In this story, from Frankenstein #32 (1954), he has two loves, both of them lacking conversational skills. Since the monster doesn’t talk that would normally suit him fine. With these women, though, there is a reason for them being mute.

Dick Briefer is the author and artist of this tragic tale.