Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Tommy had a fairly long career in DC Comics, from appearances in Real Fact Comics after the war ended, to 1962 when he soloed in a series for Showcase. Between those times he appeared in Action Comics until replaced by Supergirl, and then on to World’s Finest Comics until he lost that spot, also. After Showcase Tommy must have retired, perhaps to a plush desk job with the government.
This particular episode is from Action Comics #146 (1950), credited by the GCD to writer Otto Binder, and artists Curt Swan and John Fishschetti.
Monday, January 21, 2019
A pair of ghostly failures, needing help in haunting a house, go to expert haunter Emily Ghost. It is a takeoff of Emily Post, the famous author of books of etiquette. The image of Emily in the story is inspired by Chas Addams’s slinky Morticia,* who was an inspiration to Vampira and others.
From Madhouse #3 (1954):
*The characters of the macabre family, created by Addams, were unnamed until the television show, The Addams Family, was created in the early sixties.
Friday, January 18, 2019
The story also brings up the concept of sin. The story’s bad guys are sinners. Sin is a religious idea. Some religions consider all human beings sinners. The only good thing about sin is that most of the religious sins are not illegal under the law. While I am trying to make my way through life during my time on Planet Earth, I am only worrying about things that might send me to jail, and the list of sins I have accrued so far don’t include any felonies...maybe a few misdemeanors, but I think the statute of limitations has expired on most, if not all, of them.
From Shadow Comics, #30 (formally numbered Volume 3 Number 6, 1943).
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
That is the long way around describing a story of revenge from beyond the grave. It was published by ACG in 1954, while it was making the short-lived transition to what they called shock stories, the EC comics type of horror stories. “Terror Under the Big Top” retains an element of the more common ACG story, a ghost haunting a loving couple, and the ghost committing murder. In an EC comic it would not be a ghost, but a walking, rotting corpse returned from the grave committing the murders. The shock stories were killed by the Comics Code, which came along less than a year later.
The story is drawn by Kenneth Landau, and appeared in Forbidden Worlds #27 (1954):