Friday, April 28, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
This shorty — four pages — was filler for The Phantom #18 (1966). After 17 issues from Gold Key, it was the first issue of King Features’ attempt at publishing its own syndicate properties. I recently showed a story from Mandrake the Magician #1, which was also published by King. It probably sounded like a better idea than it turned out to be. The line only lasted a couple of years before King dropped out, and licensed their characters (again) to other publishers.
Wallace Wood is credited with drawing the story. I believe he was helped by his assistant and collaborator, Dan Adkins. I recognized at least one panel (page 2, panel 7) as having its origin in Wood’s classic Flash Gordon parody (“Flesh Garden,” the panel from that story for that story’s appearance in The Mad Reader). Wood and Adkins were not averse to a swipe when they needed it.
Monday, April 24, 2017
Stan Lee wrote it, and Russ Heath drew it. Heath did his usual excellent work. “Gentlemen of the Jury” was originally published in Adventures Into Weird Worlds #17 (1953), but I scanned it from a reprint in Vault of Evil #9 (1974).
Friday, April 21, 2017
The stories are taken from the UK version of Captain Marvel Adventures #125 (1951). Grand Comics Database tells us that C.C. Beck and Pete Costanza did the artwork for “The Return of the Ancient Villain,” and Beck did the art chores for “The Mechanical Man Mystery.” Otto Binder wrote both stories. Otto also created the sentient robot, Adam Link, in Amazing Stories, so he knew a bit about mechanical men with personalities.
I presume Binder also knew that Robert E. Howard created a character called King Kull, but by the time Binder used the name Howard was dead, and Binder could have thought that his young audience would probably not notice. I noticed when I saw the first reprinting of the story in the volume Shazam from the Forties to the Seventies, which Harmony Books published in 1977
Here is a Marvel Family story I especially enjoyed, posted in 2012. Just click on the thumbnail.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
It has been at least a couple of years since I showed a story by Rogers. I never get tired of his bizarre stories and broad vaudeville-style humor, but his work in comic books was cut short when he quit the business. He created three features, Babe, Sparky Watts (his longest-running), and Dudley, a teenage comic. All of them ended in 1949-1950, with the last issue of Babe, re-titled Babe, Darling of the Hills, cover dated April-May, 1950.
From Babe #4 (1949):
The infamous story of Babe among the mountain centaurs! Just click on the thumbnail.