Monday, November 18, 2019

Number 2414: The ghost spotter

“Grimm, Ghost Spotter” is a character from the Iger studio, published in Bomber Comics #1 (1944), from Elliott Publishing Co. This first episode also appeared the year before in Harvey Comics’ War Adventures Comics. I don’t know why the same Grimm story showed up the next year in a wholly different publication, but a guess is that Harvey had hired Iger to do some features, and then there was some problem, so Iger took Grimm the Ghost Spotter back and put him in another comic book.

The ghostly manifestation in the story reminds me of the later ghost tales from ACG’s line of supernatural comics (Adventures Into the Unknown, Forbidden Worlds, etc.) where ghosts are more of a physical presence than something diaphanous hovering between the afterlife and our world. Back here in the land of the living, I’d be grim, too, if I were facing apparitions like this.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Number 2413: Hawkman and Hawkgirl: the elixir of youth

In the second panel of this story, Hawkman grabs a crook in a car speeding down a mountain and says, “Stop or I’ll pull you out one by one and drop you over the precipice.” I guess being a flying hero doesn’t make Hawkman, secret identity of Carter Hall, less threatening than the crooks he is after.

Hawkman has a hawk friend, Big Red, and a girlfriend, Shiera, who is also Hawkgirl, but sometimes he is on his own. That can result in what happens to him when the gang members in the car get the better of him. Then the story has a flashback to the reason for Hawkman’s plight. It has something to do with Shiera’s uncle and a “glandular elixir” he has invented, trying to make Shiera’s aunt into a young woman. Brainy, a gangster, wants to steal the elixir so he can turn his enemies into babies. That seems less effective than the old-fashioned way of killing enemies.

The elixir still needs work, but I am also thinking of it being used commercially. Can you imagine one of those late night infomercials selling this elixir? I could use about a gallon of it right now.

Drawn by Sheldon Moldoff and written by Gardner Fox. From Flash Comics #25 (1942).

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Pappy’s Favorites Number 11: AMERICA UNDER COMMUNISM!

One of my favorite Pappy’s Golden Age postings goes back to April 1, 2012 (not an April Fool joke), with the propaganda comic book, Is This Tomorrow, from the Catechetical Guild Educational Society of Minnesota. It warns of the takeover of the United States by the communists. It was published the year I was born, but the paranoia of a Soviet takeover among many citizens was just as prevalent the whole time I was in school, in the Army, and beyond.

Since I posted it originally we have had some underhanded dealings with the post-Soviet successors in Russia, a whole other subject (not yet in comic book least I don’t think so).

I am not sure how many copies of Is This Tomorrow were printed, but presumably a lot. It is not only a document of its time, but probably reading material in the bomb shelters some people were building in the 1960s.

To see it, just click on the thumbnail.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Number 2412: Big Bird goes bad!

My jaw damn near hit the floor when I saw the panel of a talking bird with what looks like a machine gun. It reminds me of a current trend by American psychopaths, taking weapons of war and shooting up schools, churches and businesses. I am not making light of those terrible recurring atrocities, but they are the first things I thought of.

The story is drawn by Mr Precision, Fred Guardineer, with his fine examples of careful drawing and inking comic book pages. It is written by Gardner Fox. “The Harp of Death” is from the ME one-shot, Space Ace #5 (1952), a collection of reprinted Space Ace stories from the 1948 Manhunt comic books.