Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Before you get to thinking, as I did, that they had some sort of unhealthy relationship, Fran becomes interested in Cary, the biggest catch in town. Of course, being a love comic, there has to be conflict, and besides Dad being in the background, the conflict is with Doris, who also has her eye on Cary. Cary’s family hire a private detective to check up on Fran’s old man. Do two negatives make a positive? Cary’s family has its own problems, which cancel out the problems with Mr Wells. It is a lot to take in, especially for a love comic with a limited number of pages to get to the nitty-gritty. It appeared in Quality’s Love Scandals #1 (1950), a provocative title for a love comic. Despite the purity of Frances, there is an undercurrent of criminality running throughout the story. Of course, it is conquered in the quest for true love. Sigh. If only true life could be so easy!
Grand Comics Database doesn’t give any credits for writing or artwork, but my eyeballs tell me Bill Ward had something to do with it. Those females are Ward’s, either in the penciling or inking stage. The image of Doris, from the teaser panel on top of this page, is pure Ward.
Monday, August 13, 2018
I am disappointed! This episode of The Masked Marvel, from Detective Eye #1 (1940), is missing those three assistants, and some of the other tools of his trade. But it sure appears he must have some form of mind power to fly his plane without controls, because all he has is a stick between his legs that he manipulates with his palm. (Uhhhh, that sounds funny.) What I should say is a word of advice to artists: If asked to draw an airplane’s cockpit, look at a photo of a cockpit. Don’t try to fake it.
Credit for the non-reference-using art is given by Grand Comics Database to Robin King.
For more Masked Marvel and more of what history there is on the character, just click the thumbnail:
Friday, August 10, 2018
That pseudonym of Craig’s, “Jay Taycee” didn’t fool me, but in 1966 I didn’t think of the reason behind it. Craig’s day job was in an advertising agency. Coming back to the comic book industry, and then not wanting to put his real name on his work, showed there was still a stigma attached to being a comic book artist.
The copy of Unknown Worlds #47 which I found online, is missing pages 4 and 5. I found a copy of a blackline Australian reprint from 1970, Tales of Torment #1, to fill in the missing pages.
*If you don’t know who Tugboat Annie is, look here.
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Alias the Spider...eh, not so much revulsion, but although he came from powerhouse Quality Comics, not such a long career. Here is what Don Markstein’s Toonopedia says: “He didn't have any superhuman abilities, or any special ones that were particularly spider-like. In fact, nothing about his appearance or actions suggested spiders, except naming his car (fastest in town, of course) The Black Widow. Apparently he just thought calling himself The Spider sounded cool.
Whatever the reason, the character was created by cartoonist Paul Gustavson, whose other creations for Quality include The Human Bomb and The Jester. Gustavson continued writing and drawing ‘Alias The Spider’ for about two and a half years, which was most of the time the feature lasted.”
The feature ended in Crack Comics #30; this is from Crack #21 (1942), written and drawn by Paul Gustavson.
Monday, August 06, 2018
In the late 1970s and early ’80s I worked in a bookstore for Ken S., who introduced me to Charlton’s Space Western Comics. Ken knew my taste, and knew I loved this sort of oddball stuff. He loved it too. Ken sometimes used the name Spurs Jackson as a pseudonym. Bless Ken...errrr...Spurs.
In this sizzling adventure with Spurs Jackson and his Space Vigilantes, the bad guys come from the Sun. Just a thought, do people who live on the Sun wear earthblock when going outside?
Scripter unknown, drawn by Stan Campbell for Space Western #42 (1953):
Here is Spurs Jackson’s first adventure, from Space Western Comics #40. Just click on the thumbnail: