Friday, July 13, 2018
The story is drawn by Gaspano “Gus” Ricca, another journeyman professional who came to the comics in the 1930s when joining the Funnies Inc. studio, a comic art service. Ricca’s work is seen quite a bit in the forties and early fifties, although he left the business in 1953 when there was a crash in the industry. I have seen his work associated with Fawcett, drawing Ibis the Invincible, and he did some stunning and morbid covers for Harry “A” Chesler’s Dynamic Comics.
The story is from Silver Streak Comics #5 (1940).
Here is a story that puts Ricca in an infamous comic art gallery: one of the examples used by Dr Fredric Wertham, M.D., in his book Seduction of the Innocent, to warn parents of the evils of comic books. Just click on the thumbnail.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
The Grand Comics Database doesn’t guess at the artwork, but I’ll throw in my 2¢ worth and say I think Bill Ward did the pencils, and another artist did the inking. Ward is my choice for pencils because we get at least one good lingerie panel. Lona’s face does not look like a typical Ward face, so my guess is that more than one artist is responsible. Besides the lingerie, Ward’s style jumps out at me with the shopgirl on page 5, who looks like a dominatrix. (To me, anyway, heh-heh.)
Monday, July 09, 2018
At 25 feet tall the Claw stands out, yet is allowed to roam the American landscape with what looks like hundreds of henchmen, without being caught by the American military. In these stories it is usually a lone white man, in this case Dick Hopkin’s brother, Bill, who defeats the Claw and his army, if only until the next issue.
Signed by artist/co-editor Bob Wood, and originally published in Daredevil Comics #2 (1941).
*Weird also misspelled “wierd.”
Friday, July 06, 2018
No such problem with other features he did for Archie. For instance, in 1946 he drew a couple of Suzie stories for issue #52 of Suzie Comics. In biographical information about Katy Keene, it has been noted that Katy Keene was “clean” — free of sexy innuendoes, anyway. I don’t know for certain because I haven’t seen all that many issues of Katy (that old mutilation thing again). Katy herself dressed in top fashions of the day, wore bathing suits, and Katy “posed” — drawn by the artist in typical pin-up style, so she had an appeal beyond that of just fashion design.
Archie Comics were a bit freer in their early days, after morphing from MLJ Comics, where they had a certain rowdy reputation. Suzie was no different. She was a typical sitcom dumb blonde, and was of her era. She was sexy, shapely, and Woggon seemed to delight in showing her in sexy poses. In “Suzie ‘Clicks’ in a Camera Shop” the plot revolves around photography-shop employee Suzie misunderstanding what a portly gentlemen means by pictures of “his baby.” In the next panel we see him with his “Baby”...a hot chick on his arm. Later we find out the gent is married, and risks disclosure of his affair to his wife, except that Suzie, in her simple way, has solved the problem for him. Oh, make a joyful noise! His adulterous behavior will be undisclosed until another day, and Suzie will not be involved. Yes, sex, even though not blatantly presented, is part of the story. Woggon, who is credited for the script by the Grand Comics Database, stays on this side of decorum, but we can assume the old man is a cad, and on the sly is boffing the sweet young thing in the red dress.
Suzie Comics #52 is actually issue #4.