Wednesday, September 17, 2014
In this early story, published in Animal Comics #5 (1943), there are several humans who are overwhelmed by the sight of Albert the Alligator, who is ready to take a train to the big city. They are mostly clownish African-American caricatures,* but if it counts, there are a couple of drunk white hillbillies to add to the bizarre nature of the story. In the early Albert strips a young African-American boy, Bumbazine, was the primary focus, interacting with the animal characters. Humans were quickly dropped from the strip by Kelly.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Lorna has a guy, Greg, whom she likes, but who criticizes her constantly for being a “girl” out of her place (which would probably be in Greg’s jungle apartment fixing him a cocktail and his dinner of broiled zebra haunch ready and on the table when he gets home from a hard day of being a great white hunter). I say Lorna, you’re better than that. Forget this guy. He’ll just bring you down.
Finally, you’d think such a creature as a crocodile/ape would be ripe for capture by zoologists, for the purposes of study. But not in comic books where the order of the day is KILL.
Story by Don Rico, art by Werner Roth. From Lorna, the Jungle Girl #8 (1954).
More Lorna! Just click on the thumbnail:
Friday, September 12, 2014
Not only is it another chapter in the ongoing war between Superbrain and teenagers in fancy outfits with shark fins on their heads, but it also includes their pal, Gloria, who is now Ranger Girl. A huge huzzah for Gloria!
A couple of years ago I showed a story that included U.S. soldiers with the old-fashioned helmets. A reader asked "why the Tommy helmets" (meaning British — but known in America as the M1917 helmet). That is because the American armed forces did not adopt the familiar M1 steel pot helmet until 1941. It was worn for 40 years until replaced in the ‘80s. I can testify the M1 is heavy...I was in the U.S. Army during the 1960s.
The terrific artwork is by Joe Doolin. The cover is by Dan Zolnerowich.
Read the first two chapters by clicking on the thumbnails:
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
We have as a modern reminder of Guy Fawkes the famous V for Vendetta mask, worn to show opposition for whomever the opposers happen to be opposing.
More from the same issue of Headline Comics, the short and murderous career of Babyface Nelson. Just click on the thumbnail: