Saturday, February 13, 2016

Equal Opportunity Employer

Friday Comic Book Day.

The more I see of Cal Masseys work the more impressed I am. Starting out at various small publishers, he soon landed at Timely/Atlas where he continued to do work for Stan Lee until well into the fifties. I guess he kept up his work as a painter, because although he did quite a few stories it was never as much as rgulars such as Gene Colan or Werner Roth. After his work in comics and illustration he became a full time painter. His most obvious trait to me would be his abillity to drawn human beings in all sorts of actions. he continued that in his work as a painter, although he seems to have drawn more and more on his heritage as a black or African-American man. Mr. Massey is still with us and does not disavow his comics background. On his blog ( you can see an overview of his career and there is a link to him talking about his latest more abstract work. A comic book artist worthy of more recognition, certainly as one of onbly a few African-American ones in a decade that still was struggling to find equality. He specialized in war books, which may explain the fact that much of his work is so unknown. If you follow the link, you will also see some of his pre Atlas work as well as one of his best stories ever, an almost silent war story with Stan Lee.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Big Bad Boxer

Thursday Story Strip Day.

One of my favorite realistic strips from the fifties is Cullen Murphy's Big Ben Bolt. The problem with showing it here is that I have bits and pieces from all of it's fifteen pieces or so in vairous conditions (ranging from scans I made myself to very badly reproduced stuff from the internet), but almost never a complete story. And although the Sundays and dailies were seperate at least, I can not show any one story complete - which is part of what makes it such a great strip. So here is one, just because it's so pretty.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Hirsch Of Luxury

Wednesday Illustration Day.

For a year or so in the mid fifties, Al Hirschfeld illustrate a weekly theatre column in Collier's. The column itself was not much to write home about, but the subjects forced Hirschfeld to caricature some pople he would otherwise haven't.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Eye PLeasing

Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

Last week I showed two samples of Ralph Stein's advertising work. I thought I had already shared the last months of his run as the artist/finisher of the late fifties Popeye strip over the script/pencils of Bela Zaboli, but I could find them anywhere. And this time they are in the right order (which the run of Bud Sagendorf's Popeye following this for some reason didn't).