Mightier Then The Sword
Friday Comic Book Day.
Klaus Nordling's most famous creation is The Barker. The series of short stories about a carney and his circus companions ran for a long time in one of the Quality anthologu titles, which even spun off into a solo book, which ran for more then ten issues. His second most famous strip is Lady Luck, which he did not create or was even the second thord or fourth artist on. But he did take it over after the war and ran it for more than five years, also finishing with a couple of issues of a solo book. His third best known strip is Bob and Swagg, which I have shown here recently (on top of having shown The Barker and Lady Luck a couple of years ago). This lively strip has the distinction of haveing had several stroies doen by Jack Cole (who also illustrated and maybe even wrote the first Barker story). What I am showing today is Nordling's Fourth most well known strip, possibly a creation of his own. Penn Miller ran for a long time in Crack comics and features a newspaper cartoonist solving crimes and getting involved with his subjects. Like many of Qualitys strip, it is surprisingly nonjuvenile, fresh and worthy of a lot more attention than it usually gets. The stories are fun and Nordling's art, although not as flashy as in some of his other work, impressive. Look at how he uses panels casually but still innovative. This is a mature work of a major artist who is now all but completely forgotten.