Tuesday, September 30, 2014

One Page Wonders

Monday Cartoon Day.

Before landing the job of his lifetime at Mad, Mort Drucker worked as a comic book artist for several companies. For DC, he seems to have done his first serious work, as the producer of their filler 'fact' pages in several titles. Some of these may even have beendone while he was still on staff as a retoucher. There were more people doing this sort of thing, but I am pretty sure these are all by Mort.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Love For Sale

Friday Comic Book Day.

These weeks I am selling my Timely romance comics on ebay. My seller name is geapelde. After having collected a large percentage of fifties Timely comics (the company that became Marvel) I have decided to send them back to their country of origin. After a couple of weeks of satisfactory sales, next week I am going to sell met Post-Code Love Romances. even though the pot-code period of romance had less surprises, there ae still a lot of good artists to fid, as you will see below: Vine Colletta, Jay Scott Pike, John Tartaglione, An Brewster, Mike Sekowsky (doing his Alex Toth impression), Reed Crandall, Stan Lee younger brother Larry Lieber in a very early job, lots of att Maker, Tom Scheure and in the later issues jack Kirby, Don Heck and Bob Forgione.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

War Is Beautiful

Thursday Story Strip Day.

I wish I had some more of these. I have a black and white repint series of Green berets by Joe Kubert, but I would trade them all for a digital color set. The colors are so great and Kubert's storytelling is so fantastic, they are just a joy to see. Added to the two I have are a couple of dailies by John Celardo, who took over when Kubert left. He is not bad either, but against Kubert it all pales.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Clean As A Thistle

Wednesday Advertising Day.

In addition to the Li'l Abner pages I showed last week, here are some of the ads Al Capp did (or at least his studio).

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Li'l Friz

Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

A couple of years ago Dark Horse published a full color version of all the Li'l Abner Sunday pages that were (at least partially) pencilled by Frank Frazetta between 1955 and 1962 for the Al Capp studios. They are wonderfuly annotated by Denis Kitchen and I recommend them highly, but unfortunately, they had to use printed samples and as you can see here the quality of the samples wasn't always as good from week to week. That is the hard aprt about reprint books these days. To find the best possibly copies sometimes can take years> Fantagraphics had to postpone their Pogo reprint series several times (they are up to book three now) and I could suggest many book projects, but do not have the complete runs necessary for them. That makes the excellent work Dean Mulhanny is doing at IDW all the more exceptional. All their books are beautifully restored and they combine the best of the old material and the new computer techniques.

Fortunately, for online publication the standards are a bot lower. Here are a couple of Frazetta's later pages. Some in better condition than the ones in the Dark Horse book, others about the same.