Sunday, January 20, 2019

Calling Mr. Massey

Saturday Leftover Day.

African-American visual artist Cal Massey had a dark secret. In his younger years, fresh out of art school, he worked in comics before becoming a respected artist. But he wasn't ashamed about it. On his blog ( he mentiones working for Stan Lee. I have shown a couple samples of his quite impressive work earlier, which you can find by following the link. Later in the fifties he went into illustration and advertising, working for the Saturday Evening Post, for instance. But he doesn't mention another sideline, which was much less respectful. In the late fifties he was a regular contributor to the Playboy wannabe After Dark, which was published by the Hugh Hefner wannabe Jim Warren. Warren was of course the later publishers of Famous Monsters of Filmland, Help, Creepy and Eerie - reponsible for the resurgance of comic book art in the sixties. Too bad that Massey had already found his niche as an artist by then, because he would have made a great addition.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Wicked Wakely

Sunday Toth Day.

I did not scan every issue of Jimmy Wakely, but fortunately there are several Toth stories in each. So there is a lot more coming. Fortunately this stry is not overwritten and leaves some room for Toth's excellent storytelling to grow.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Early Call

Saturday Leftover Day.

I have not shown any Beetle Bailey scans in such a long time, that I was shocked at seeing ow many uncleaned one I still had in my office computer. So, lete's do some of the early ones. I plan to keep this up for a couple of weeks, because it is fun to see Mort Walker (and his crew)'s progression. These are all from the second and third year. I know they were also done as three tiers, but I don't think I have ever seen one. Except for the black and white version in one of those great Egmond complete reprint books (where they did ALL of the strips in a series of two year books).

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Sing, Alex, Sing!

Sunday Sweet Toth Day

Another incredebly clever early DC story by Alex Toth. I don't know why I only scanned the first page of the third story in Jimmy Wakely #5, but I have included it anyway.

I Can If You Can

Saturday Story Strip Day.

I was lucky enough to get a long run of Val Heinz' Dawn O'Day, which I am sharing in installments whenever I have cleaned a few. For Heinz' development as an artist please follow the links.