Sunday, June 21, 2020
Number 2438: Jack Cole stretched the limits of comic art
Cole began drawing for comics in the late '30s. After leaving comic books in the early '50s Cole drew sexy cartoons for Playboy as “Cole” and also for the digest-sized cartoon magazines made for men, full of sexist jokes and pretty girls as “Jake.” I knew none of that in 1956 when I found the last issue of Plastic Man, #64, on a comic book spinner. On the basis of that issue I became a Jack Cole/Plastic Man fan.
Cole stopped signing his name after awhile, perhaps because he didn’t want his name associated any more with comic books, under constant fire since their beginnings in the late '30s. But true Cole art comes out of each page that Cole had anything to do with.
Today I’m presenting the issue of Plastic Man #21 from 1950. I think Cole did most, if not all, of the penciling and probably the inking of the main characters in each of the three stories. I am not sure how it worked at Quality Comics in those days, and I admit that unlike some fans who know more than me, I am guessing based on my own observations of Cole’s artwork for over 60 years.