Friday, February 28, 2014

"This is the Lowdown About Bergen, Folks" by Charley (sic) McCarthy-1942

It's strange enough to consider that a ventriloquist was one of the most successful acts on radio. If this supposedly true story is to be believed, then the behind the scenes story was even stranger! Everyone who ever saw Charlie knew he was no angel...but according to this, they were wrong!

Birth of the Telephone-Joe Sinnott-1967

I never saw an issue of TREASURE CHEST outside of the nickel boxes in junk shops when I was growing up. And I never looked at them because I was not Catholic and I was told they were Catholic comic books. Boy, what I missed! This issue alone had art by Fran Matera, Reed Crandall and, seen here the great Joe Sinnott!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mr. Miracle-Ray Willner-1941

Everyone knows that comic book hero Mr. Miracle was inspired by Jim Steranko and was one of Jack Kirby's most enduring creations for DC. Only this isn't THAT Mr. Miracle. Artist Ray Willner did some collaborations with Reed Crandall as well as work on his own in several genres.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Black Bull-John Severin and Will Elder-1950

As Elder's style matured at EC, his longtime teaming with Severin was no longer the good fit it once was and each artist did quite amazing stuff on his own. Here, though, in the heady days of 1950, is some sublime teamwork from the duo.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

Richard Richard, Private Dick-Dick McKay-1946

The usual caveats aside about period stereotypes, this is an amusing trifle drawn by one Dick McKay who was credited mainly with advertising comics work, with this being his main claim to fame in comic books. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Mr. Moody's Amazing Hats-Beyond the Grave-1982

This is a fun few pages but the artist's name goes uncredited. It's a Charlton comic from the early 1980s but if I absolutely had to make a guess, it looks to me like the work of Frank Springer...or maybe Jack Sparling...neither of whom was hanging around at Charlton during that period to my knowledge. But, yeah, I'd go with Springer.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Story of Caleb Scott-Maurice Del Bourgo-1946

Here's an unusual comics tale with a very striking splash panel. The artist is one Maurice Del Bourgo, yet another who toiled in uncredited obscurity for many companies over several decades and is almost completely unknown today in spite of good work like this.