Sunday, May 31, 2009

Number 532

Ol' Metal Mouth is back

Iron Jaw was a great villain who kept coming back to plague Chuck Chandler, Crimebuster, Loover of the FBI, and even some crooks who got in his way. He was a take-no-prisoners kinda villain.

This comes from Boy Comics #13, December 1943. It's drawn by Norman Maurer, a staple of Charles Biro's comic book bullpen for several years. Maurer partnered up with Joe Kubert in the early 1950s. At St. John Publishing they unleashed 3-D comic books on the world.

Aside from the grisly splash panel Iron Jaw doesn't show up until late. The first part of the story is taken up by two low level criminals and their fence, Wart.

Try as I might I can't think of any other comic book of this era that had a villain yell "Damn you!" It's on page 15.


Chuck Wells said...

High marks all around, Pappy. Your recent string of posts has been diverse, eclectic and fun.

In short,I've had a blast reading them (now if I could only remember to take the time to post a reply each day).

Alas, a voice crying out from the wilderness seems to be my lot.

Peppo the Clown said...

As an interesting footnote, Norman Maurer was Moe Howard's son-in-law. He produced and directed the Three Stooges final movies.Don't you have any of Maurer's Three Stooges comics?. They feature either Curly or Shemp as the third stooge.

Booksteve said...

A very entertaining story. Maurer was underrated. I've only recently discovered his ST John stuff.

And you may well be right on that "Damn." Simply amazing that they would do that. Nice find!

Prof. Grewbeard said...

that cover is beyond amazing and i haven't even read the story yet!

Prof. Grewbeard said...

i love the fact that Crimebuster's costume is obviously home-assembled. did WW2-era crime comics always have this much blood in them?...