Friday, July 03, 2009

A Little More PR

Friday Comic Book Day.

I got very little response on the Paul Reinman material I showed last week, so I will have to show some more. My scanner is on the blink, so will have to rely on preprepared scans, which precludes me from scanning some more of his most impressive war work. I will show that as soon as I have a new scanner. Here are two horror stories. One from his early period rivalling in my opinion the work of Bernie Krigstein. The second one is post-code and shows more of the later less inspired style that ruined his reputation. After that I have added some of his material from the 1949/51 newspaper strip Merrie Chase. The strip was written by McEvoy (who also wrote Dixie Dugan) and started by later comic book artist Al Hubbart. The premisse was quite good. The misadventures of a police secretary, allowing for personal and crime stories. At some point in the fifties Paul Reinman took over the strip and added his own touch. He was then fresh from Tarzan, which he had been doing after his early comic book work in the forties. It shows a lighter side of his talent. The change-over from Hubbart to Reinman was a phased one, with Hubbart stil drawing the Sunday page while Reiman was doing the daily in februari 1950. Here are a few scattered samples from march 1950, including the only Sunday I found. Apparently Reinman continued the strip for at least a year, although I haven't found many samples for that after November 1950.

From Uncanny Tales #2:

From Marvel Tales #138:

Merrie Chase:


Booksteve said...

I don't know...Certainly that pre-code story is well-done and I tend to enjoy Reinman's forties super hero stuff for DC but it would take a lot to convince me to reassess his work as anything other than just okay hack work--no disrespect intended. Those MIGHTY CRUSADERS stories are really ingrained in my head.

Ger Apeldoorn said...

I just find his precode work very atmospheric and... well, unique. It might help that I didn't experience his later lame work first hand.