Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Number 270

Let George do it

Captain George was a publisher and store owner in Toronto, Ontario. In the late 1960s he published several issues of Captain George's Comics World. Reprints of old comic materials weren't common in those days. George must've gotten hold of some black and white photostats from some Golden Age Timely issues of Marvel Mystery Comics and used them for a double issue of Captain George's Comics World, #23 and 24, published in 1969.

This black and white reprint strip is from Marvel Mystery Comics #41, a classic wartime story with our favorite vengeful underwater guy kicking Nazi butt. It's drawn by Carl Pfeufer. The cover is downloaded from the Internet. After you read the story stick around for another underwater treat you've likely never seen.


Underwater hottie

In the 1970s I was very impressed by the Filipino artists then working in American comic books. At one of the San Diego Comic Conventions I got a chance to pick up some original art and also some of the 1960s Philippine comics. This 5-page story is from Superyor Komiks Magasin #124. It looks like an origin story; I don't read Tagalog, so I can't be sure. The drawings of the creatures of the sea are wonderful, and Atlanta is one hot babe. It takes a real hot babe to wear go-go boots underwater!


Chuck Wells said...

The Subbie story is great, Pappy, but let me 2nd your remarks about the 1970's influx of Filipnio artists.

They were awesome!

Alfredo Alcala, Tony de Zuniga, Nestor Redondo, Alex Nino, Rudy Nebres, and the list goes on. I love those guys and their comics work. They definitely raised the bar high and their contributions can't be understated.

The Atlanta story was fabulous. I'd like to see more!

darkmark90 said...

The Atlanta story looks great. Do you have any more of these?

Karswell said...

Wow, Alanta is great! She definitely gives Namora a breast stroke for her money. We're starting to sound like a broken record around here but it would be awesome to see this stuff reprinted and translated into English someday.

Annnnnd, I've never heard of Captain George's Comics World but I always love seeing black and white versions of stories like this, please post more if you got'em! Thanks Pap!

Pappy said...

I have only the one Atlanta story, but I have a few other comics from the Philippines and eventually will post something else. The problem is with the Pappy Archives (i.e., the basement). It's scary down there. Some of this stuff hasn't been touched in years and I never know when I might disturb something; maybe something dark, furry and dangerous. Brrr.

Chuck, I have a story about the 1980 San Diego Comics Con. I took some comics to sell, including an early Hit Comics with a Lou Fine cover. Alfredo Alcala approached me. He wanted to swap a page of his original art for the comic. He said that when he was a boy Fine was his favorite artist. When the Japanese invaded the Philippines the word went out that if they found anything American everyone in the house would be killed. He took all his American comics and destroyed them. I'd been expecting a big ¢a$h payday for my Hit Comics, but Alcala's story touched me. I chose a page from Warren's 1984 #1, about a wooden sailing ship in space. It's a beautiful page and I've never regretted trading for it. Alcala is gone now, and I hope I gave him some joy being reunited with Lou Fine.

Karswell said...

>story about the 1980 San Diego Comics Con.

That's an awesome story Pappy

Chuck Wells said...

Yeah, that was a touching story. Pappy.

I would have done the same thing for Alfredo; so,kudos to you.

I envy you meeting him and the page of his artwork that you scored.

r said...

that was really sweet of you, pappy. have you seen comic book artist # 4 (vol. 2)? it's all about the filipino invasion of the '70s. anyway, i'm filipino, if you want some of this stuff translated let me know. :)