Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Boldly Go

Sunday Meskin Measures.

This story from Young Love #42 is still from the early part of Meskin's career at Prize. If you go back to my other posts, you can see he was still working in a style that is very similar to the one he used with Jerry Robinson. But in such a way that I actually miss the finesse Robinson would bring. Later on, he would simplyfy his style and repaced the lack of detail with a graphic boldness that worked a lot better.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Fun Berg

Friday Comic Book Day.

Still looking for Maurice de Bevere's comic book work from his stay in New York in the late forties. In an early interview with the Lucky Luke creator in Les Cahier des Bandes Dessinees, "Morris' (as he is known and famous in Europe) told that he did indeed stay in New York for six years. I had previously suggested that he must have returned home betwen his know stay in the late forties and his published children's book (in the Owl Book series) in 1954, but apparently he remained in new York even after his friends had left for Europe and continued drawing Lucky Luke for Spirou by mail (often drawing on two sides of the page to save postage). I always quoted his family from a later interview saying he was asked by Harvey Kurtzman (whom he met and befriended) to join him in Mad. In this earlier interview he says he was asked to joing him in anotehr new adventure, a magazine of war stories. This can only have been either Two Fisted Tales or Frontline Combat. De Bevere didn't join, because he felt it was not his genre. He also mentiones to have been there at the creation of Mad a year later, was nothing about nbeing asked to join that. Of course, he does repeat the quote from the other interview, that he worked in comics off and on during those years, but he doesn't mention if he did so in a cartoon style (like Lucky Luke) or in a realistic style. If it was the latter, recognizing it will be hard.

Still, I am goinf through as many cowboy books as I can and that is how I came across this little gem, a comedy filler by Dave Berg, very much in the style of Kurtzman's Potshot Pete (for Toby) and the unsold one-pager by Bill Elder shown in the Chicken Fat book compiled from odds and ends of his files by his son in law Gary Vandenberg.

Apart from that there were interesting pages from Joe Maneely and Gene Colan in the same books.

Flipping Flint

Thursday Story Strip Day.

If, like me, you have never decided if Vic Flint was a strip wirth collecting, because you could never read more then a couple of single samples, here's your chance. I found a paper that placed six daiies a week which made clipping them easier. Here is a whole year of this graphically unremarkable strip,which has a long and prosperous run from the forties to the sixties. A sort of low rent Ken Drake, I guess.