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Friday, March 24, 2017

PEP COMICS #9
(On Newsstands in August 1940)

The sexual tension was gone, but Irv Novick's cover for Pep #9 still had plenty going on...
(from Pep Comics #9 - August 1940, artwork by Irv Novick)


NOT the kind of surprise party you want to get stuck at... The Claw makes more trouble for Mort Meskin's the 'Press Guardian"!
(from Pep Comics #9 - August 1940, artwork by Mort Meskin)


Insinuating some of the darker acts of war... from Biro's Sgt. Boyle!
(from Pep Comics #9 - August 1940, artwork by Charles Biro).



This month it's Charles Biro who finally out did Novick with a dark, violent, bondage cover featuring some headless, brain in a jar villains! 
(from Zip Comics #9 - August 1940, artwork by Charles Biro)



Biro's Steel Sterling was getting violent, and soon, scenes like this one would be common place on covers for the era!
(from Zip Comics #9 - August 1940, artwork by Charles Biro)


Zambini the Miracle Man, may have been last, but Lin Streeters art made it memorable!
(from Zip Comics #9 - August 1940, artwork by Lin Streeters)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

ARCHIE COMICS #59
(On Newsstands in September 1952)

Arrival date right on the cover of September 27th!
(from Archie Comics #59 - September 1952, artwork by Bill Vigoda)

It's all teenage boys think about....
(from Archie Comics #59 - September 1952, artwork by Bill Vigoda)


For some reason that's one female Archie HASN'T given his 'little token of affection' to!
(from Archie Comics #59 - September 1952, artwork by Bill Vigoda)


A funny ad because Wilbur is naked and his butt is getting scorched by the hot water! We'll have a review of the very under rated John Edwards work on Wilbur (and Archie) very soon!
(from Archie Comics #59 - September 1952, artwork by John Edwards)



Veronica plays a dummy for Jughead as a ventriloquist!
(from Archie Comics #59 - September 1952, artwork by Bill Vigoda)


Bob Montana was really hitting his stride in the newspaper strip and so the Archie book artists' many times did a great job of keeping pace with it...
(from Archie Comics #59 - September 1952, artwork by Samm Schwartz)


Seems Moose is as big of a corndog as all the rest!
(from Archie Comics #59 - September 1952, artwork by Bill Vigoda)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

LAUGH COMICS #45
(On Newsstands in April 1951)

Let's get caught up on our Laugh Comics issues!

So many of these Montana covers laid the groundwork for the next generation of Archie covers... 
(from Laugh Comics #45 - April 1951, artwork by Bob Montana)


The level of violence in these issues never ceases to amaze me... it was just a part of entertainment at the time. And it's funny.
(from Laugh Comics #45 - April 1951, artwork by Bob Montana)


Dick Briefer did some Archie stories back in the day (mostly Jughead), and his art seemed to really fit the house style. Well known for his humorous Golden Age Frankenstein, he left comics a few years after this when the Comics Code almost destroyed the business.
(from Laugh Comics #45 - April 1951, artwork by Dick Briefer)


See what I mean? How many times have we seen a variation on THIS cover?
(from Laugh Comics #46 - July 1951, artwork by Bob Montana)


More slapstick violence... gotta love when Betty lets loose!
(from Laugh Comics #46 - July 1951, artwork by Bill Vigoda)


An old joke today, this still makes a great Archie cover for all the reasons we love Archie. Later re-drawn for the cover of Katy Keene #9!
(from Laugh Comics #47 - August 1951, artwork by Bob Montana)


Yeah, we've seen the 'new French teacher' theme before, but not by George Frese... 
(from Laugh Comics #47 - August 1951, artwork by George Frese)



Even Weatherbee is acting like a teenager in love....
(from Laugh Comics #47 - August 1951, artwork by George Frese)



Another great moment between Juggie and Betty (out on a DATE!)
(from Laugh Comics #47 - August 1951, artwork by Dick Briefer)


Jughead seems to like these jack-ass themed jokes!
(from Laugh Comics #47 - August 1951, artwork by ?)


Bill Vigoda had come a long way in his art, but.. there are still times his characters, especially  Betty & Veronica, look more like blow up dolls than real people....Hmmm....
(from Laugh Comics #50 - February 1951, artwork by Bill Vigoda)


Archie kisses away, while Betty wobbles. Notice the blonde hair on Archie in the one figure!
(from Laugh Comics #50 - February 1951, artwork by Bill Vigoda)


Later redrawn for the cover of Archie #121
(from Laugh Comics #52 - June 1951, artwork by Bill Vigoda)


Betty lays her lips on Jughead, as a thank you!
(from Laugh Comics #52 - June 1951, artwork by Samm Schwartz?)





Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ARCHIE'S PALS N GALS #1
(On Newsstands in August 1952)

Archie Comics was on a roll, so... why not another title! It was the height of the Archie hey day!
(from Archie's Pals n Galsl #1 - August 1952, artwork by Bill Vigoda)

Archie Comics seemed liked it was starting to roll back on the sexuality a bit, so that could only mean one thing...more violence! And Weatherbee sure gets his share of it...
(from Archie's Pals n Galsl #1 - August 1952, artwork by Bill Vigoda)

...including straight on punches to the face!
(from Archie's Pals n Galsl #1 - August 1952, artwork by Bill Vigoda)


Remember the time Veronica whooped Moose's butt in a fight? We didn't either! But here it is?
(from Archie's Pals n Galsl #1 - August 1952, artwork by Bill Vigoda)


Thats creepy...
(from Archie's Pals n Galsl #1 - August 1952, artwork by Bill Vigoda)


Here's the 'alternative' cover used on the Archie Unlimited app.... DID YOU KNOW, you can get hundreds of Archie Comics back issues to read for only $7.99 a month! It's a great deal and there's even an app to read them on your smart phone.
Worth checking out, and NO, Archie Comics did not ask me to tell you this.
I have it myself!
(from Archie's Pals n Galsl #1 - August 1952, artwork by Bill Vigoda)


Been awhile since we got one of those 'random photos being mistakenly developed' stories, and this one was pretty good!
(from Archie's Pals n Galsl #1 - August 1952, artwork by Bill Vigoda)



Though SOME people didn't think so!
(from Archie's Pals n Galsl #1 - August 1952, artwork by Bill Vigoda)




Monday, March 20, 2017

TOP NOTCH COMICS #9
(On Newsstands in August 1940)


Try as they might, the Wizard just never caught on quite the way the Shield had, and costumed superheroes were becoming all the rage, so in Top Notch Comics #9, MLJ introduced the BLACK HOOD! 
You think maybe they were going all out on this one? They gave the Black Hood’s name a bigger font and placement than the title of the book! Not my favorite first appearance covers, but...
(from Top Notch Comics #9 - on newsstands August 1940, artwork by Edd Ashe?)


What a splash page!!! Al Camy’s art and the Abner Sundell (as Cliff Campbell) story, look suspiciously like a Batman comic. The Caped Crusader was all the rage in Detective Comics (and the recently released #2 of his own book), and thus was born MLJ’s slightly cooler version of masked vigilante!
Yes, I said it! Slightly cooler!
(from Top Notch Comics #9 - on newsstands August 1940, artwork by Al Camy)


Ummm…. and the Skull looked suspiciously like Batman’s new nemesis the Joker (appearing in Batman #1 back in April).
The Skull though… is MUCH cooler!
(from Top Notch Comics #9 - on newsstands August 1940, artwork by Al Camy)

So… the Skull frames popular good guy Policeman Kip Burland, and when Kip tries to clear his name, the Skull has his henchmen pump 8 slugs into him and dump him in the forest. An old man nurses him back to health and teaches him all he knows about science and knowledge, so that he can become the greatest crime fighter the world has ever known!
(from Top Notch Comics #9 - on newsstands August 1940, artwork by Al Camy)

More gruesome Golden Age death… courtesy of the Skull!
(from Top Notch Comics #9 - on newsstands August 1940, artwork by Al Camy)


Meanwhile, over in Harry Shorten and Bob Wood’s ‘The Firefly’, our hero gets caught ‘hanging around!'
(from Top Notch Comics #9 - on newsstands August 1940, artwork by Bob Wood)

 Meanwhile, the Wizard gets bumped to the 5th spot in the book, and Roy, the Wonder Boy is taking a bigger part of the story up. Though here a couple of gangsters teach him about playing with fire!
(from Top Notch Comics #9 - on newsstands August 1940, artwork by Edd Ashe)

Over in Bob Phantom, it’s about time someone got an axe to the head!
(from Top Notch Comics #9 - on newsstands August 1940, artwork by Bernard Klein)

And my favorite Bob Phantom villainess, Ah Ku has returned!
(from Top Notch Comics #9 - on newsstands August 1940, artwork by Bernard Klein)


BLUE RIBBON COMICS #7
(On Newsstands in August 1940)


Over in Blue Ribbon Comics #7, it would be hard pressed to follow up that issue of Top Notch, but we DID get the Fox on the cover! Along with the blurb: Extra! War!!!
(from Blue Ribbon Comics #7 - on newsstands August 1940, artwork by Ed Smalle)





Though the level of excitement in the Fox didn't quite match up with the cover!
(from Blue Ribbon Comics #7 - on newsstands August 1940, artwork by Irwin Hasen)



But Corporeal Collins DID bring us war, in what is maybe one of the earliest Nazi symbols in comics!
(from Blue Ribbon Comics #7 - on newsstands August 1940, artwork by Charles Biro)



And over in Loop Logan we see it again! The war in Europe is heating up, and comics can no longer hold back!
(from Blue Ribbon Comics #7 - on newsstands August 1940, artwork by Frank Volp)


Saturday, March 18, 2017

FAST WILLIE JACKSON
on newsstands August of 1976?
Special Saturday Special!

Fitzgerald Publications' Fast Willie Jackson was an attempt to tap into the Archie Comics market, and if you've never seen these before... they are a must own for fans of the genre.

Yeah, the stories are... not what you'd expect, and probably... well, WOULDN'T be published in most Archie Comics of the day, but, the art is great. Drawn by someone named Gus Lemoine, there's long been a rumor that it was actually humor artist Henry Scarpelli.

Lasting only 7 issues, it's worth checking out! See these highlights and a short story from it below!