Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Number 1728: You want to sacrifice, leave me out of it
The Ranger, bravely...stupidly...says, “I would, Captain! What is one life compared to the benefits of all mankind?”
Okay, CUT! Stop rolling film. Were I the young Ranger, I would say to Captain Video: “Are you out of your freakin' mind!? You want to crash the Whirlojet, you drop me off first, and then you can crash away!“ If I was in the Ranger’s place I would mention to Captain Video about my plan to retire someday on a government pension, have a nice, placid life with my wife, kids and grandkids. Nowhere in the plan is deliberate sacrifice.
Luckily, plot twists intervene and the sacrifice is unnecessary. Whew.
From Captain Video #3 (1951).
Here is another Captain Video story. No self-sacrifice is necessary. Just click on the thumbnail.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Number 1727: Sam, sci-fi, and the Spirit
Originally published in the weekly Spirit Comic Book Supplement on February 3, 1941, this is an example of author/artist Will Eisner’s unique blend of fantasy, as a break from his usual stories of crime and criminals. He used this type of tale occasionally, and I admire how his vision transcends what would be just another alien invasion story.
Years ago in an article about Eisner I saw this panel from the story:
This reprint — with that panel still intact — is from Police Comics #40 (1945).
Friday, April 24, 2015
Number 1726: Pyramid scheme
Alex Toth and Bernard Sachs did the effective work on this Egyptian adventure amongst the pyramids, when our hero (not named until the last panel, when his new girlfriend tells him her name), falls in with some crooks involved with stolen antiquities. The writer is listed by the Grand Comics Database as David Vern.
As to why Danger Trail was cancelled I don’t know. I have speculated before that editor Julius Schwartz might have been too busy. (See the link below the story.) What throws my spec off is that with issue #5 the title of the comic appeared ready to change, dropping Trail. This half page house ad from the issue, with all of DC’s titles listed, shows just Danger. Also, the title between the DC colophons at the tops of each page is blank.
As promised, the link to another Danger Trail adventure. Just click on the thumbnail.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Number 1725: A happy trail for sexy Dale
Dale, born in Texas, with a pretty face and body and able to sing, seemed perfect for Hollywood, especially in singing cowboy movies. It is where she met Roy Rogers, whom she eventually married. As her biographical information states, she was his third wife, he was her fourth husband. This seventh-time-is-the-charm marriage worked for both of them.They remained married until Roy died in 1998. Dale died in 2001.
As you can see by this photo, Dale held her own in the glamor department in the thirties and forties.
The Grand Comics Database identifies the writer as likely being Ryerson Johnson, who wrote most of the early issues, and the art is attributed to Jim McArdle.
Here is another Dale Evans story, where she once again charms some local yokels. Just click on the thumbnail.
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