Friday, September 30, 2016
Number 1952: The bad man who loved orchids
The main reason I’m showing it is because under that sloppy coloring and cheap printing is art by Gene Colan, ably inked by Syd Shores.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Number 1951: Captain Marvel Jr and the Poore man’s radioactive attack!
This entertaining bit of hokum involves a real-life threat of the time, radioactivity. The Atomic Age was upon us!
I have thought about what friend and frequent commenter Daniel said about the Marvels...they should just stay in their superhero personas. I can see why Billy and Mary Batson go back to their civilian identities (in Billy’s case, he has a job at station WHIZ), but poor Freddy Freeman is left to peddle his papers while supported by a crutch. I know this is a comic book and uses comic book logic, but of the three Marvel Family characters, Freddy is the one who could bypass his handicap by staying a superhero.
Grand Comics Database doesn’t name a scripter, but guesses Kurt Schaffenberger was the artist. Just go back a couple of weeks to Pappy’s #1943, and see the lead story from that issue, which was drawn by Schaffenberger, then compare. I am not sure who drew this Captain Marvel Jr story, but it wasn’t Schaffenberger.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Number 1950: Talking flag
This story also depends on a literary device I don’t much care for, told from the point of view of an inanimate object, in this case a battle flag. It is a tricky way to tell a story, and in this case unnecessary except to give the main character someone (or some thing) to talk to.
Grand Comics Database gives credit to Robert Kanigher for the script. “Battle Flag of the Foreign Legion” is from Danger Trail #3 (1950):
Friday, September 23, 2016
Number 1949: Machine Gun Grogan steals Machine Gun Kelly’s story
For the EC War Against Crime version of the Machine Gun Kelly story, go to this 2010 posting:
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Number 1948: Lorna: the terror of the deep, and the shallow boyfriend
From Lorna, Jungle Girl #8 (1954). Story by Don Rico, art by Werner Roth.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Number 1947: Talk Like a Pirate Day, 2016
We had a Dick Briefer Frankenstein story a couple of weeks and I commented it appeared to have some of Briefer’s attitudes toward bosses. Briefer, as noted before, did a comic strip for The Daily Worker, the Communist Party USA newspaper. There is another such observation for this story, especially page 2, panel 2, when the Master gives an employee two flintlock loads of reduction-in-force, and a hearty Donald Trump-like “You are fired!” Moving away from politics, the tale turns sexy when a bunch of island girls move to seduce the pirate crew for help in getting rid of the Master.
This may not be the most piratical sounding story I could have chosen for Talk Like a Pirate Day, but scuttle my scuppers if it isn’t a treasure chest full of entertainment!
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