Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Wednesday Advertising Day.

I'd say this is by Dik Browne, wouldn't you?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Indian History

Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

When I started this blog, I paid a lot of attention to a strip called Coogie by Irving Spector. A Sunday only strip from the early fifties in the Walt Kelly style, but even more zany and satirical. If I had more, I would have shown them all. If ever there was a strip that deserved a book (possibly in combination with the equally zany comic book work of Mr. Spector) this woul be it. Unfortunately, I have never come across anyne with a complete collection. Even Irv Spector's son, who used to have all the originals now only has half of them because he lost a box moving between houses...

Anyway, I found two I haven't shared yet. If you like them, be sure to check out the label.

By the way, Coogy started out as a one tier Sunday only strip in 1950. I may have found a source for more of those, but the condition is pretty bad.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Don't Take Me wrong

Monday Cartoon Day.

I have shown some of these before. This features by former science fiction illustrator Radenbaugh ran from 1958 to 1962 or thereabouts. I have never found out how it was intended. I mean, 200 instalments and not one of his predictions has come true. Was it all just a way to indulge in some fancy drawing or was it as serious (and seriously off the mark) as it seems?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

We Were Attacked By Hamstro, The Flying Sea Monkey!

Sunday Meskin Measures.

Here are a couple of later Mort Meskin stories I quite like (in fcat, the last stories he did for House of Mystery), even though they do seem to proof that Meskin was nog really very well at designing monsters at thatpoint of his career. If you compare them to the stuff Jack Kirby was doing at the same time at Marvel (with similar 'alien pet' type stories), they are pretty lame. I quite like the Sputnik influenced spaceship design in the first story, though.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

George Heath

Saturday Leftover day.

This week I learned American comic book and newspaper strip artist Fred Kida had died. He had a huge career with many companies. Fro his early work, his art for the Hillman features Airboy and the Heap is most often mentioned, but before that he did a lot of work for Stan Lee at Timely as well, most notably on the horror and crime books. Here are some of his first three stories for Martin Goodman's outfit. He had a pretty and moody style, somewhere halfway between Russ Heath and George Tuska. The second story, The Finger, is interesting because it's theme predates a Jack Kirby story with the same subject for Harvey in the late fifties and it has all the hallmarks of being one of those rare unsigned Stan Lee stories. When Lee edited and wrote most of the horror book Menace by himself, he often chose Kida as one of his favorites to work with.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Double Covering

Friday Comic Book Day.

In this weeks post about Jack Kirby's rejected design for the cover of Foxhole #1, one of the posters alerted me to the fact that Kirby had used many elements of the same idea for the cover Sgt. Fury and the Howlers #3. The similarities are clear and I like the added battle ships on the water.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Back To The Trenches

Saturday Leftover Day.

month ago I shared with you an original sketch Jack Kirby did for the cover of Foxhole #1. After doing that sketch, he and Joe Simon changed the concept to include a larger close-up of a wounded soldier. But I always admired that original sketch and hoped that some day I would see it inked.

I offered that as a challange to my readers, hoping many would try. Well, even though one of the visitors that day came here through Kevin Nowlan's blog page (and if it was Kevin himself I ma honored to have him as a simi-regular) only you one of you came through and I am very grateful for that. I wanted to wait and see if any more artists or students in art would follow, but it wouldn't be fair to the one guy who did send in to wait any longer. So with many thanks, here's to Bah Boy my wish come through.

I don't know if he wants to be named here, since he didn't sign it. But he does have a blog I invite you al to visit.