Monday, November 12, 2018
Along with the Eye, the Owl, and Billy and Bonny Bee, Thomas created and drew the feature “Chuck Hardy in the Land Beneath the Sea,” which appeared in Amazing-Man Comics for Centaur. The two episodes I have today are from Amazing-Man #5, but actually #1, and Amazing Man #6, actually #2, both from 1939. Thanks to those folks who collected the Frank Thomas Archives now on Digital Comics Museum and Comic Book Plus, making Thomas’s work available online for free.
Friday, November 09, 2018
Briefer identifies himself in the splash panel as “the guy that does this strip,” and includes some apparent co-workers at Prize Comics. I don’t know whether they are actual caricatures, but Briefer’s version of himself is of a handsome young man. Of all the other characters and many pages he drew for comic books, the Frankenstein character is what he is known for. His Frankenstein went through different versions until his comic book, The Monster of Frankenstein, was finally canceled in 1954: the first an evil villain, the second the funny Frankenstein, and the third the wandering Frankenstein monster who roams the countryside, having encounters with humans.
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
I like the pre-fabricated house inside the department store. Just the thing for illicit love after the store doors are closed. But for Sally, it signals the end of her “Side-Street Love.”
This tale of a good love thrown over for a bad boy lover, is from Harvey Comics’ First Love Illustrated #15 (1951). Artwork is by Bob Powell.
Monday, November 05, 2018
Zippo’s secret identity was detective Joe Blair. Did the creator of Zippo know that a real-life Joe Blair was a comic book writer? Maybe it was an inside joke. Also, so you know that I know, Zippo is the brand-name of a metallic cigarette lighter that can be carried in one’s pocket. My dad used a Zippo in World War II. I am sure many GIs knew what a Zippo was when they bought Clue Comics.
This Zippo story is drawn by longtime comics journeyman, Tony DiPreta. DiPreta drew comic books and comic strips until his retirement. DiPreta could draw straight superheroes (like Zippo), funny animals, teenage, crime comics like Crime Does Not Pay, and later on he drew the comic strip, Rex Morgan M.D. I first saw his signed work on a filler strip, “Vinnie the Vet,” in Beetle Bailey comic books. At the time I thought his art looked like that of Beetle Bailey’s creator, Mort Walker. He was one of those guys who could draw in different styles, handy for comic books, which were known to change genres overnight. Tony DiPreta, born in 1921, died in 2010 at age 88.
This is Zippo’s second adventure, from Clue Comics #2 (1943).