Monday, July 24, 2017
Skyman’s initial appearance in Big Shot Comics #1 (1940), shown today, did not explain his origin. Skyman was yet another rich guy who made it his mission to fight crime and bad guys. He even paid for his own advanced aircraft, Wing. As one source explained it, aviation comic strips were popular in the thirties, so not only did comic books feature many of them, like the Skyman they were sometimes costumed characters.
Ogden Whitney did the artwork. He was born in 1918, so he was about 21 or 22 when he first drew Skyman. I have featured many stories with Whitney’s artwork, and to my eyes there was very little change in his style or approach to drawing from this early time until the last artwork he did in comics. Whitney died in the early '70s, according to some accounts. For as long as Ogden Whitney was active in comics, and the wide range of publishers he worked for, there seems to be very little information about him.
What information I have on Skyman has him created and written by Gardner Fox.
Friday, July 21, 2017
Later in her comic book career Suzie got a bit more tame, falling in line with the standards of the Archie characters. In the earlier days, in her own innocent way, Suzie showed a lot of her charms.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
There is no explanation in the story for spelling liquor “licker.” Just another of the bad acts committed by the Blinker gang.
No artist or writer is credited by the Grand Comics Database. “Betty Blinker, the Red-Headed Rum-Runner” originally appeared in Fox’s Crimes by Women #9 (1949).
Monday, July 17, 2017
The full-body costume is different from the usual jungle girl togs, which are as brief as possible. The jungle being hot, I am surprised Leopard Girl can stand being in costume for long periods of time. Must be why her stories never exceeded six pages. And those six pages were in the six issues of .Jungle Action, after which she appeared no more. Perhaps Gwen got heat exhaustion.
The story is by Don Rico, who also wrote Lorna, another of Atlas’s jungle girls. The art is by Al Hartley, who drew some very pretty girls, jungle and otherwise, in this period of his long comic book career.
From Jungle Action #2 (1954):
Friday, July 14, 2017
As a fan of the late Jack Davis, it has always been fun for me to look at Davis’s early career — the foundation for his later success as a cartoonist and illustrator — through the pages of EC Comics. He came quickly to his mature style. He showed in the horror comics he could provide mood and suspense as well as laughs, as he did in Mad and Panic.
Thanks to Heritage for the scans I have appropriated from their site for the purposes of this post. The pages sold at auction in 2011 for $10,157.50. I showed them before, in 2012.
The story appeared in Vault of Horror #35 (1954). Script is credited to Jack Oleck.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
The feature was created by Jack and Otto Binder for Fawcett’s Slam-Bang Comics. Mark’s time (ho-ho) in comics was limited. Slam-Bang lasted only 7 issues, and after an inventory tale was published in Master Comics #7, Mark and his guardian zipped off to time and place unknown.
Grand Comics Database doesn’t guess at the artist or writer. From Slam-Bang Comics #6 (1940):