Sunday, May 06, 2012
Number 1152: Out of this world with Buster Brown and Tige
The original Buster Brown Comic Book, with adventure stories and continuing features, was published until issue #43 in 1956. After that the direction of the comic was changed This particular issue, produced by ACG subsidiary Custom Comics, Buster Brown in "Out of This World!" (1959), was probably written by ACG editor Richard E. Hughes but drawn by . . . whom?
The Grand Comics Database equivocates. On the one hand they say the cover is by Kurt Schaffenberger?, but even though it's the same artwork as the inside they drop the name and just give us the ? I'll leave it up to you art spotters and Schaffenberger fans. Is it by Kurt?
Karswell showed the 1958 edition of the Buster Brown giveaway in his And Everything Else Too blog. You can check it out here. Despite a similar outer space theme to the 1959 issue the artwork is completely different.
UPDATE: After getting a comment on a possible artist from comics historian Alberto Becatini, he says this is the work of Dan Gordon, an animator who did many comics for ACG in the forties and fifties.
ANOTHER UPDATE (May 23, 2012): Just heard that funny animal comics expert and artist Jim Engel says the artist is Ken Hultgren, another of the animator-comic book artists who did so much for ACG, and who was a contemporary of Dan Gordon. This puts me in a quandary. I trust both of these men and their comic art knowledge, and all I can do is present their opinions.