Friday, September 14, 2012

Mr. Smith Goes To The Moon

Friday Comic Book Day.

Rodlow Willard was never as good an artist on Scorchy Smith as Noel Sickles, Bert Christian or Frank Robbins before him, or even A.C. Hollngsworth and George Tuska after him. So I've always managed to resist the urge to scan any of his eight years on the strip. But when someone has done the work for you, it's a lot easier. Here is a run of this long forgotten strip from one of those reprint comcis in the late forties. During his run, he changed Scorchy from an aviator to an astronaut, thus producing one of the earliest astronaut strips, which were so big in the fifties.

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