Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Jester-Pete Riss-1945

Originally by Paul Gustavson, this colorful hero is here credited to the prolific Pete Riss, known for everything from Hopalong Cassidy to Millie the Model, but sure looks to me like the work of Fred Guardineer.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Captain Marble Flies Again-Ross Andru/Mike Esposito-1954

MAD's "Superduperman,"highlighting Kurtzman and Wood's battle between Superman and Captain Marvel lampoons is considered by many to be the ultimate superhero spoof but it was not the ONLY Captain Marvel appearance in the satire comics. This one was actually written by the Big Red Cheese's # 1 writer, Otto Binder!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Pep Morgan at Riverdale-Creig Flessel-1936

"PEP" Morgan? "Riverdale?" Is this very early series from Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson's publishing company, pre-Superman, yet another link in the chain that would lead to Riverdale's Archie Andrews in PEP COMICS a few years later? Or just coincidence? 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Glory Forbes-Al Walker-1946

I didn't use to care much for Fiction House comic stories but between this blog and working on Yoe Books' "Best of" Fiction House book recently (as well as contributing slightly to a couple of Roy Thomas's PLANET COMICS books), I've become a big fan! And Al Walker is my favorite of the almost uniquely Fiction House artists. 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Kid Terrific and Jimmie-Tom Van Buren-1944

Many years later, Image would publish a KID TERRIFIC # 1. Even beyond that there would be a kids' book called KID TERRIFIC: KID SUPERHERO! In spite of the fact that the latter's real name was Jimmy, neither of these projects have nay relation to this guy, who seemed more along the lines of freelance adventurer Captain Easy, with Jimmie being his more realistic looking Wash Tubbs. 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Goofy Gus the Inventor-1948

From radio's Colonel Stoopnagle to Disney's Gyro Gearloose, comic inventors were a pop culture staple for decades. Basil Wolverton offered his share of goofy inventors, too, and this strip, definitely NOT by Wolverton, is loaded with his style of humor crossed with a bit of Bill Holman's screwball SMOKEY STOVER.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Story of Pennsylvania-Allen Simon-1945

Had Max Gaines (Charlie to his friends) had his way, educational comic books would have been big all along. Between his involvement in the success of Superman and Wonder Woman and his son's transformation of Educational Comics to Entertaining Comics, Gaines championed his various Picture Stories  series--Science, the Bible, and American History. 

With Pennsylvania in the news so much the past few days, here's Gaines' brief history of that state.