Sunday, May 22, 2022

Oh, The Horror!

Sunday Al Williamson Surprise. 

 Here's a story that was actually signed by Al Williamson, but I am very doubtful that he did the inking. Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr. says it's by Ralph Mayo and he knows his stuff. I get a hint of George Woodbridge as well.

 

All Around The family

Saturday Leftover Day 

Just like last week, here are some prime leftovers from Mort Walker and his associates. I have said it before, but all of the Mort Walker produced strips from the 1956-1962 period are the best they ever produced. A very nice mix of the family and the outside world to keep the sentimental gags in balance.

 

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Savage Tale

Sunday Al Williamson Surprise. 

  To do this weekly serialisation of all of the 100+ short stories Al Williamson did for Timely/Atlas (the later Marvel) in the second half of the fifties, I rely on several sources, but the most important one is the Atlas Tales website, which lists all of the stories done for Timely between the forties to the sixties along with any information available about publication, page numbers, artists, job numbers and anythign extra. I was one of several people who provided information for that site back when I still had 70% of all the Timely/Atlas titles. And I still send corrections and suggestions whenever I come across something. 

 One of the great things about the site is that they name the contributors of the information, so you can work out for yourself who you trust or not. Our next story is one that is credited to Al Williamson on Atlastales and The Grand Comics Database as being drawn and inked by Williamson. The Atlastales credit comes from John Vadebonceur Jr., the greates art spotter around (as he will be happy to tell you). Still I have my doubts. I can see traces of Williamson's involvement, but it is unsigned and it lacks some of his typical florishes of that stage of his career (such as the borderless panels). On the other hand, I don't recognize some of the usual suspects for the inking (such as Gray Morrow) - although Angelo Torres could have been involved.

On the other hand, it may also be a case of Williamson inking someone else. As previous posts have show, he was not above signing it if he had a different inker, but the other way around? The story itself is (which from his own records is confirmed to be by Carl Wessler) culturally interesting, because it features jungle savages, a man changing his skin to to look like them and a very culturally insensitive ending.

 

Flatout Funny

Saturday Leftover Day. 

I may have sahred some of these before, bit that's becaus eI think it is one of the funniest strips of it's period. DSadly forgotten and mever collected.

 

Sunday, May 08, 2022

I Krenkel Do What You Krenkel Do

Sunday Al Williamson Surprise. 

For today's Al Williamson story for Timely (stick around, I am doing all of them), he either got some help from Roy Krenkel r he decided to show he could do it without Roy as well.

 

Friday, May 06, 2022

Son of God

Saturday Leftover Day.

In honor of Neal Adams' demise I am sharing the three covers of the Son-O-God series he did for National Lampoon in the late seventies. Terrific stuff. There is a fourth one I don't have. If there is anyone willing to share scans of that stoy, please contact me.

 

Monday, May 02, 2022

Surprise! No surprise!

Sunday Not Al Williamson Surprise

This week I take small sidestep to show an Angelo Torres story from the same period as the Willamson work I am showing these months. As you can see, there is very little to tell them apart, apart from the storytelling (Williamson is much more showy and posterlike and uses more open panels) and (sometimes) the thin pen lines.

 

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Two Orphans Found

Saturday Leftover Day. 

Last February I shared an almost complete 1971 Sunday story from Irwin Hasen's Dondi. It was missing two Sundays, which were sent to me by my friend Michael Vassello afterwards. Michel has an almost complete run of the New York News, where this was a regular tabloid from start to finisy. An dyes, he has scans of all of them (in fact of every strip that was in there).

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Friends Again?

Sunday Al Williamson Day. 

After last week's dubious Williamson story, this wee we are back with on ehe definitively did, maybe even inked himself. He may have help, I haven't worked out a system. But I am keeping this up till the last story Williamson did, so who knows what we'll find out.