News that Mad magazine is being cancelled should not be surprising news, because the magazine business is not as it once was. All I can say is, so long, Mad, it’s been good to know ya.
I believe Mad, which had plenty of imitators, was always the best of the bunch, but there were still some of the imitations I liked, including this comic from Atlas. They threw some of their best artists into their versions of Mad, hoping to cash in. Years ago I showed the contents of a 1956 issue of Riot, with Severin, Maneely and Everett. Just click on the thumbnail.
Monday, September 30, 2019
Friday, September 27, 2019
Number 2394: Captain Video vs A.I.
Captain Video and his ranger meet up with some smart robots who have killed their creator, and are in the process of taking over. Since comic books are produced by humans and not robots the prejudice is for the flesh and blood guys and not the artificial guys.
The television program, Captain Video, was on the air for a few years from the now long defunct Du Mont Network. Du Mont also manufactured televisions, as you can see here with this luxurious 1951 model.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Number 2393: “You used to be so amused at Napoleon in rags...”
“Yankee Longago” was an entertaining series about a boy who seemed to be unstuck in time (to use Kurt Vonnegut’s expression); he was apt to end up anywhere at any point in history, meeting famous people. In this episode he is in France with Napoleon; the real Napoleon, not the delusional Napoleon he first encounters. Yankee even tried to intercede with the real Napoleon, warning him not to invade Russia. No luck.
At the end Yankee is back in his time — or did he just wake up from a dream? — to see orderlies from the “Bug House” picking up the ersatz Napoleon an orderly calls “this nut.” Sigh. We all had a lot to learn in that time, from then until now, and it has been a slow process.
Story and art by Dick Briefer.
Monday, September 23, 2019
Number 2392: Master Key’s penetrating ray
This episode, from Scoop Comics #2 (1942) has the usual set of spies trying to do in the hero. They make the mistake many villains make. They create a deathtrap. When exactly, in movies or serials or pulps or comic books does a deathtrap work? Never, I think.
No credits from the Grand Comics Database for an artist or writer.
Friday, September 20, 2019
Number 2391: The cop and the kid and the Blonde Phantom
In this story from Blonde Phantom #17 (1948), our heroine and a cop try to help a kid keep out of trouble. Juvenile delinquency was and is a problem. There have always been juvenile delinquents, but in the postwar world they were focused on, and some prominent adult observers blamed comic books for delinquency. It has been the experience in my lifetime that when young people commit crimes some “experts” look to popular culture for blame.
This story has no author listed by the GCD, but the artwork is credited to Syd Shores ? and Vince Alascia ? Those question marks mean the GCD does not know for certain. Nor do I.
Another Blonde Phantom story. Just click on the thumbnail.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Number 2390: Dagar Desert Hawk: Big Sahib, Little Sahib
Big Sahib is a short guy, so to get bigger he does not choose to buy platform shoes or heel lifts, he just invents a formula to shrink everyone else. Maybe instead of creating a shrink juice he could have worked on a formula to make himself taller?
Jack Kamen drew this story, or at least a substantial part of it, at the Iger Studio. Grand Comics Database credits artist Edmund Good, but I don’t believe it’s by Good, who did draw some Dagar stories, but Kamen. I love Kamen’s action scenes and scantily clad women in this sexy story from Fox Features, the line of exploitation comics.
This short story is from Dagar Desert Hawk #16 (1948).
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