Sunday, December 09, 2018

Toth In The Whole

Sunday Toth Treasures

Some more Toth goodness, again from DC's Romance Trail, #3. As last week, there is also a single page illustrated poem, which is probably better than the whole bland nine page romance story together.

Christmas Teasers

Saturday Leftover Day.

In all the years of looking though newspapers I came across quite a few features that were not gagstrips of storystrips. There were also the newspaper ads that I showed here, by any number of capable artists such as Dik Browne, Stan Drake, Jack Betts, Gill Fox, Carl Wexler, Frank Robbins, Lou Fine, Alex Kotzky, Bob BUgg, Tom Scheuer or Neal Adsms. But there were also many different puzzle and game features, usually for kids, usually not very well drawn or very interesting. One of the best ones was done for King Features and was a regular part of their prepackaged Puck Sunday section. They used old King Features characters like Alphonse and Gaston or Happy Hooligan. I never scanned any of them, because I didn't scattered single installments would work. I did show a couple of black and white ones from various micrifiche sources. But here is the real thing. A couple of months ago I got a whole set of them from 1949 and I am presenting those here, often with the answer to puzzles the week after that. So print them out use them to make your Christmas break a little more irrelevant.

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Feel The Love

Sunday Toth Treasures.

Moving on from DC's Dale Evans Comics to another run of books that had a lot of never reprinted Alex Toth stories. Romance Trail was DC's answer to the booming romance genre (alongside their 'regular' romance series), a book combining romance and western. And they weren't even the only ones doing this genre. Prize had not one but two romance western titles. I had four of the six issues and before selling them on eBay I scanned all of Toth's stories. They are not as spectacular as the Sierra Smith stories, since he usually did not ink himself. The first story here is inked by Bernie Sachs and I remember reading somewhere that Toth hated it so much that he used one of the inked originals to wipe his brush clean. Storytelling-wise it is interesting, as you see Toth here trying to invent a new style, using more close-ups and more symbolism, to replace the action of his other stories. He would further develop this later on, when he did romance work for other publishers, such as Standard and Fawcett. In fact, the symbolic tricks he devised, were picked up there by other artists (such as Mike Sekowsky, Ross Andru and VInce Colletta), who would use it so much it seems a little bit old hat here.

Don't miss the bonus at the end. In some of these books, Toth also did a one page illustrated poem or song. The one in this set from Romance Trails #2 is inked by John Giunta.

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Stars In His Eyes

Saturday Leftover Day.

Feg Murray's Seein' Stars was one of the main features of KIng Features Puck Sunday section. It always sells well on eBay, probably because of the celebrity connections. And indeed, there are few newspaper strips that are often so framable. I myself have given away one or two as a present. It surprises me that there has never been a collection of the Sundays (although there was one of the dailies, only a fraction of the enormous amount Marray made). But maybe collectors of certain movie starts do not want a book filled with other big names.