Friday, August 30, 2013
Number 1428: The UFO Spirit
The update paragraph on the last page was new for the reprint version. The scripter (credited as Eisner by the Grand Comics Database) had been paying attention to the news stories that began appearing in June, 1947 about mysterious “flying disks” buzzing around in U.S. airspace.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Number 1427: Zoro and the Devil’s Dagger
Anyway, as promised on Monday, here are two more stories from 1941, this time from Fawcett’s Master Comics #12. I was not familiar with these characters at all, and apparently they didn’t set the comic book world on fire. But, so what? I like them well enough to show them here. “Devil’s Dagger” is drawn by journeyman comic artist Ken Battefield (NOT “Battlefield,” which is the way I often see his name misspelled). I know next to nothing about Battefield, because there isn’t much information available online. The other story is “Zoro the Mystery Man” (not “Zorro”), drawn by the great Mac Raboy. Raboy was an excellent illustrator, who did early work on Captain Marvel Jr. He also did fine work on Green Lama. Raboy went from comic books to the Flash Gordon Sunday comic strip in 1946, which he drew until his death at the young age of 53 in 1967.
Master Comics was a pretty good anthology comic. At some point I’ll be mining this issue for more stories.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Number 1426: Firebrand and the Brick Batman
711, who is a prison trusty, apparently has his own in-and-out door, unbeknownst to the warden (who seems a little too palsy-walsy with him). It’s drawn by comics veteran George Brenner. The story features a character in a Batman cowl. I don’t know how else to describe it. It reminds me of the “bad Batman” story we showed a few months ago, which you can go to by clicking on the thumbnail:
This issue, Police Comics #5 (1941) is the first issue with Plastic Man on the cover, and he kept that spot for the rest of his time in Police.
Wednesday, two more stories from 1941, this time from Fawcett.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Number 1425: The further adventures of Terry and the Pirates
You can read part 1 first by clicking the cover:
Prisoners of a warlord! Pat tortured, and about to be married off against his will! Connie and Terry in drag! All just part of the fun from the grandmaster of adventure strips, Milton Caniff.
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