Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
Enough about that. At least the stories in Bulletman #1 (1941) were well drawn by Charles Sultan, a former pulp magazine artist, who went into comics in the late thirties. He continued in comics for years after the war, but eventually became a publisher of men's magazines. As David Saunders notes in his biography of Sultan, he may have been a front man for an organization needing someone with a clean record to go on record as being the publisher of magazines with sexual content.
Whatever. He had art talent. Sultan had excellent training from some top illustrators of the era, and for its time his comic art captures the sophisticated styling of artists such as Lou Fine and Reed Crandall.
Friday, March 17, 2017
From The Westerner Comics #33 (1951):
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Peter’s distinctive artwork seemed more quaint as time went on. “The Dream Dooms” was published in Wonder Woman #81 (1956), the same year the Silver Age was born, with the revival of the Flash in Showcase #4, cover dated October, 1956. Kanigher may have been obliged to use Peter for the art chores until Peter chose to quit, but he chose a more contemporary style for the covers. The cover of #81* was drawn by Irv Novick.
Kanigher used two of Marston’s original characters, Paula Von Gunther, and the Duke of Deception, in this story.
*GCD entry for Wonder Woman #81
H.G. Peter’s last job as Wonder Woman’s artist was Wonder Woman #97 (1958). Just click on the thumbnail.
Monday, March 13, 2017
Stan Lee wrote this off-the-wall horror story, and Bill Everett drew it. Everett liked drawing horror stories, which gave him the opportunity to draw some really great-looking monsters. The vampire in “Vampire, Beware!” is far from the Count Dracula cliché. Willie must have been truly desperate to make an employment offer to such a horrible, toothy creature.
From Atlas Comics’ Suspense #23 (1952):