Monday, October 15, 2018
Black Rider stories used the comic book template, featuring a disguised hero. In this case Black Rider is the secret identity of town physician, Dr Masters.
It is well drawn, as per the Grand Comics Database, penciled by Al Hartley and inked by Jay Scott Pike. If pretty, sexy females were needed at the company that eventually became Marvel Comics, they weren’t drawn any better than by those artists, in this case working together. The story is credited to Robert Bernstein, a writer who worked in comic books for decades.
From Black Rider #13 (1951):
Friday, October 12, 2018
We have seen Professor Supermind’s television (“Televisoscope”) and him zapping his son with electricity to charge his super powers, but in this episode we see his invisible rocketship. It makes Wonder Woman’s propeller-driven invisible plane look antique.
Despite the clunkiness of the story (America invaded? What else is new?) the artwork is top notch. Grand Comics Database does not credit the artist, but it appears the artist’s inspiration was Alex Raymond’s Flash Gordon. I have said before that were it not for those popular Sunday features, Flash Gordon and Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant, to serve for inspiration and swipes, early comic books would have had a much different look.
From Popular Comics #66 (1941):
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
The three sisters who are “The Sisters of the Witch” are a mean bunch. They are beauties, and flirt with a hunk, Rob. Their older sister, Martha, is plain and in love with Rob, who ignores her. She whips up some spells and takes care of at least two-thirds of her rivals. In this case I am rooting for Martha because her sisters are mean girls, insulting Martha about her lack of beauty. I think they deserve what they get.
Karswell showed the story in his blog, The Horrors of It All, in 2012. These are scans from Tales of Horror #5 (1953). The artwork is by comic book journeyman Barnard Baily. The writer is unknown.
Monday, October 08, 2018
I have a link below to a 2013 Pappy’s posting with the first two episodes from Popular Comics #’s 60 and 61 (1941).
No artist and writer credited by the Grand Comics Database. The story is from Dell’s Popular Comics #65 (1941). It has a cliffhanger ending, and I’ll leave you with my own cliffhanger: Will Pappy show the next episode? STAY TUNED!
Two of the earliest episodes of Supermind and Son. Just click on the thumbnail.