Friday Comic Book Day.
I have seen a lot of Frank Frazetta's early comic book work, but never these stories. After researching them for a bit, I found that some of them have been shown here and there on a blog and I just saw that they are going to be reprinted in a book by my good friend Craig Yoe. You can get his 256 page thick book Frazetta: the Funny Stuff when it comes out in March or via this URL: http://tinyurl.com/7ve5act. Is it is as nicely presented as all of Craig's previous books, you can't go wrong. Apart from the stories I show here, there are two more I couldn't get my hands on. There are also some funny animal stories and I'll ask Craig to see if the two Kathy stories he did with Ralph Mayo are in the book as well.
I did find some of the earlier ones and added two, although there are more. These two are cedited to Art Gates with a question mark at the GCD, but I am not sure. While Gates may have originated the character in Thrilling (and I will go back to find out), others (such as George Tuska) worked on it as well. In fact, I see evidence of neither artist here and it looks like me there are two different ones. The second story, from Thrilling #65 is particulary well drawn. But nowhere in the class of Frazetta's work, of course.
The original page I have added, was sold at an auction as a rejected splash. I am not convinced it was. It would be too late in the run for Frazetta to change the tone of the strip and there is no room for the text block on the lower left. My guess is, this was a showpiece he did to get out of the 'funny' books.