Monday, December 21, 2020
Number 2480: The Flying Fool
Aviation strips had their heyday, especially after World War II. Some pilots trained to fly in the war continued flying as a civilian business. Among other strips I remember, Milton Caniff had a huge success with Steve Canyon, a popular aviation strip. There was also Johnny Hazard by Frank Robbins, which appeared in newspapers from 1944 until 1977.
You can tell that Kirby and Simon put some thought into the Flying Fool, including some action-packed fight panels. But they didn’t stick around for long. I hope it was not a bitter break-up, because love was in the air! GI’s were home from the war. Love conquers all, it is said. In the late ’40s if they weren’t drawing crime comics, Kirby and Simon put their hearts into love.