Sunday, February 18, 2018

Pappy's Favorites Number 5: "The Spirit’s thrice-told tale"

I love the Spirit, and had fun with this posting from 2010 because I got to show three versions of the Spirit’s origin.

Spirit creator Will Eisner, born in 1917, died in 2005. March 6, 2018, will be his 101st birthday. Someone told me once you’re alive if people remember you. So, Will, because of your work building the comics from scattershot publications on newsstands of the thirties to what they later became, your Spirit, and your personal spirit, are with us always.

You can see the three origins by clicking on the splash page below.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Pappy’s Favorites Number 4: "A thousand years a minute"

I am never too far from time travel stories. Time travel is a staple of fantasy and science fiction, irresistible to me. It makes this posting from 2013 one of my favorites.

In a four-part saga from the late thirties, All American Comics by author Carl H. Claudy, a team goes back a million years, to a time when “monsters stalked through the steaming jungle, and men hid in caves and hunted like apes!”

You can see this prehistoric comic serial by just clicking on the thumbnail below.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Pappy's Favorites Number 3: "Sparky goes for Hitler!"

As longtime readers know, I am fond of screwball humor, and one of the screwiest humorists in comic books of the 1940s was Gordon “Boody” Rogers, creator, writer and artist of Sparky Watts, Dudley, and Babe, Darling of the Hills.

Two of my favorite Boody postings are from 2011, featuring, in two parts, the epic tale of Sparky in the war zone, where he ends up in bed with Hitler(!) If you’re curious, go to Pappy’s Number 899. Part two of the story can be found at Pappy’s Number 900.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Pappy's Favorites Number 2: “The Phantastic Phantasmo”

Another look back at a favorite posting of mine, from 2012.

I am interested in artists who worked in the early days of comic books who had a substantial art career even before all-original comic books became popular. Among them was E. C. Stoner, an African-American artist who drew Phantasmo in Dell’s The Funnies. Stoner, born in 1897, was quite a bit older than many of his contemporaries in the comic book business. Like other African-Americans who worked in the industry, he drew white superheroes.

In re-reading my original posting I am a bit embarrassed by my exuberant description of how I saw the cover of Large Feature Comic #18 (1941). Sorry!

You can go to the post by clicking on the thumbnail below.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Pappy’s Favorites Number 1: “Inspiration for Carl Barks...?”

While I wait to resume Pappy's on a regular schedule, I thought I'd throw in an occasional “Pappy’s Favorites” post.* These will be posts from my archives I particularly enjoyed writing and presenting.

“Inspiration for Carl Barks...?” came about when I found three consecutive 1943 issues of Target Comics, and recognized in it one of my all-time favorite 10-page Donald Duck Stories by Carl Barks.

I tried to soft pedal it a bit, because I did not want Carl Barks fans to think I was accusing the master of stealing an idea. You can read the original 2012 post in Pappy’s Number 1236.

In the post I give a couple of ideas of what might have happened between the original 3-part story in Target, and the Donald Duck story from 1957.

I thought there would be more made of it. This is one of those stories that I expected to get a reaction, and except for a couple of comments I think the rest of fandom either didn't see it or didn’t care. In those days I sometimes had expectations of a reaction, and invariably it never happened as I imagined. After a while I learned to just trust my instincts on what to post, and not fret about what my imagination conjured up as a reader response.

It struck me when re-reading the original post that I might have been a johnny-come-lately. Perhaps the subject of the similarities between the stories had been published somewhere before, and I only thought I was the first to bring it up. If you know, tell me.

*To paraphrase the old question, "How can you miss me if I won’t go away?"