Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Undercover Girl, who was featured for a time in the late forties in Manhunt comics from ME, was actually U.S. Government agent Starr Flagg.
Starr is a glamorous agent. She wears her spike heels and sexy lingerie while lounging about at home, and she has sexy fights with other women, including this evil babe, Lala the sword swallower. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been a lot more interested in that art since I read a judge’s decision from the early seventies about the movie, Deep Throat. The judge compared star Linda Lovelace to a sword swallower. Watching Lala in action in this tale is no disappointment.
Undercover Girl is mighty sexy. Check out another of her girlfights in Pappy's #1117, where she tussles with a chick with a whip and her pet gorilla...it's a lot for six pages.
Drawn by Ogden Whitney, written by Gardner Fox, “The Riddle of the Radio-Death” is from Manhunt #7 (1948):
Monday, January 28, 2013
This entertaining love story is from ACG’s Search For Love #2 (1950). In the comments section for this post comic art historian Alberto Becattini has named the artist as John Celardo. Thanks to Alberto for helping with that identification.
Search For Love was very short-lived, only two issues. I don't know why unless sales were bad. Yet ACG’s other love comics, Lovelorn and Romantic Adventures continued for years. It may have been cancelled because of the expanding ACG line taking resources that would have gone into Search For Love. That's a way of saying I don’t know why, trying to sound smarter than I am (no nuclear scientist, I) and now I’m kinda sorry I brought it up...
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Two months ago in Pappy's #1268 I showed a Plastic Man story that in my comments I said reminded me of my childhood, when I saw the character as belonging in the same league as Mad comic books. So, okay, then, “Plague of Plastic People!” belongs right alongside that earlier story. I'd call this incredible, joke-in-every-panel story zaniacal...a cross between zany and maniacal. This one pulls out all the stops, the best of what Plastic Man could deliver, and that's saying something.
Also, if you read through the story you'll actually get to see Plastic Man in one panel without his goggles covering his eyes. I don't know if that happened any other time.
From Plastic Man #22 (1950):
Friday, January 25, 2013
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Schoolmarm Kathy Butte (who is a beaut, all right), dresses provocatively for the time. Wood and Orlando miss no opportunity to have her show some leg, even when nobody's looking (page 4 panel 5). Tex is a fast worker. He admits it. When Kathy asks, "Who’s the fastest, Tex?” He says he is, then demonstrates. Between the next to last panel and the last he’s got Kathy’s dress down off her shoulder and is moving in for more. Yeeeee-haw!