Monday, August 19, 2019
Farr was born in 1889, and his death date is not known, but is usually assumed to be circa 1948. He did several features for several comic book publishers during the late ‘30s and ‘40s. His stories are easily spotted because he did his own lettering, and his display lettering for his titles is easily recognizable. His works, usually filler material, were mostly comedic, harking back to his time as a gag cartoonist in the ‘20s. Today’s story, “‘Ace’ Brady, Super-sleuth,” is done in a more conventional adventure hero style…but in this case looks like something from the generation before comic books. It is from Dell’s Popular Comics #49 (1940).
Friday, August 16, 2019
“Legend of the Clock” has a mood which I know well. Mrs Pappy and I visit antique stores quite often. Although we love them, we have never had an antique store manager give us a story like the young couple gets in this tick-tock tale. Ol' skeptic Pappy wouldn’t believe it, anyway.
Here are two 1959 stories from Adventures Into the Unknown. Just click on the thumbnail:
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
What truly redeems Black Condor as a feature of early comic books is the artwork of Lou Fine, born Louis Kenneth Fine in 1914. He was one of the (excuse me) finest artists of the Golden Age, whose work was not only influential to other artists, but jumped off the newsstands at comic book readers. The Black Condor was done and gone in Quality’s Crack Comics after issue 31. Fine, who had been helping to ghost the Spirit while Will Eisner was doing military service, left comic books in 1944 and went into advertising. Later in his career he drew some newspaper comic strips. Fine died of a heart attack in 1971 at the young age of 56.
From Crack Comics #15 (1941):
Monday, August 12, 2019
The Grand Comics Database has no guesses for whom to give credit for story and artwork. This version of the murders is from ME Comics’ Guns of Fact and Fiction, a 1948 one-shot collection of gangster and Western gunmen stories.
Friday, August 09, 2019
The Blonde Bomber had a good run in Harvey Comics, including Green Hornet, but also appeared in a few issues of All-New Comics and Speed Comics. According to online sources Blonde Bomber was created by Barbara Hall, who is credited with the artwork on this origin story from Green Hornet Comics #7 (1942).
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
The story skips over the part about Pat having to apply to the school and be accepted. Perhaps her dad has found someone at the college to bribe, so she is admitted. Whatever happened, Pat is soon plopped into a sorority and gains an instant rival for the affections of Professor Chris Ralston. Such hanky-panky! Having some hunky guy as a teacher in a school full of rich girls seems a lot like the proverbial fox in the henhouse.
Bob Powell drew “I Was a Coalmine Cinderella” for Harvey Comics’ First Love Comics #5 (1949).
Monday, August 05, 2019
After 58 years most memories grow dim, but I definitely remember the effect seeing this had on me. I didn’t know the term “film noir” then, but I recognized how cinematic it is. It appeared in the weekly Spirit Section, January 15, 1950.