Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas From 4CS

Taking a break until the new year starts. Thanks for all your support and we hope to see you back in January!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Friday, December 23, 2016

Li'l Pan-Holly Chambers-1947

Another surreal adventure from Ellis "Holly" Chambers looks a lot like a Harvey comic more than a decade before Harvey really got into this type of thing. 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

I Went Too Far/Broadway Lights-Bill Draut-1953/1955

Here we have a fairly typical pre-Code soap opera story. The interest is in the fact that we also have its reprint, just two years later, doctored so heavily by the then-new Comics Code as to be considered perhaps the most extreme example of Code interference! Much fun to compare so we here are alternating the pages of the original with the censored and rewritten version.



Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Fright Before Christmas-Tippy Teen-1968

Here's original Archie Editor Harry Shorten's female version of America's favorite redhead, created and possibly drawn here by another Archie expatriate, Samm Schwartz.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Four Frightened People-George Roussos-1956

Aptly described on GCD as SANTA CLAUS VS. THE MARTIANS only without Santa Claus.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Crime Crushers-Black Terror-1946

Steve and Ploopie (I'm serious. Ploopie.) are a couple of good guys very much in the mold of Wash Tubbs and Captain Easy and their comic book variant, Slam Bradley and his sidekick, Shorty.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

The Thing in the Locked Room-Don Heck-1962

Don Heck isn't one of those artists who never got respect from the fans and critics. No, at one time he did, in fact. But over time, his work became looser, more simplified, and newer fans didn't care for it. Give me Heck in the '50s and '60s, though, and you've got a master class in comics storytelling. 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Black Hood-Al Camy-1942

Black Hood stories are some of the best GA superhero stories but this one is particularly interesting for its clever effort at approximating a newspaper's Sunday rotogravure section.