Monday, February 18, 2013

Number 1318: Hanging around with the Black Hood

I haven’t shown a Black Hood story in a year-and-a-half, since Pappy's #1003. Go there and then use the links I’ve scattered about for more Black Hoodiness.

This particular tale, with its violent and morbid splash panel, is from Pep Comics #49 (1944). The issue opens up with an Archie story. Until Archie took over MLJ entirely and the superheroes retired it was common to have violent, graphic stuff next to the relatively benign Archie stories of teenage hijinks.

The “House That Crime Built,” using the gimmick of a house narrating, is drawn by Clem Weisbecker and Pen Shumaker.


M. Bouffant said...

That was pretty wild.

Any idea why the circular panel in the top row of every page?

Pappy said...

M. Bouffant, just a design tic on the part of the artist, I'm sure.