Monday, September 15, 2014
Lorna has a guy, Greg, whom she likes, but who criticizes her constantly for being a “girl” out of her place (which would probably be in Greg’s jungle apartment fixing him a cocktail and his dinner of broiled zebra haunch ready and on the table when he gets home from a hard day of being a great white hunter). I say Lorna, you’re better than that. Forget this guy. He’ll just bring you down.
Finally, you’d think such a creature as a crocodile/ape would be ripe for capture by zoologists, for the purposes of study. But not in comic books where the order of the day is KILL.
Story by Don Rico, art by Werner Roth. From Lorna, the Jungle Girl #8 (1954).
More Lorna! Just click on the thumbnail:
Friday, September 12, 2014
Not only is it another chapter in the ongoing war between Superbrain and teenagers in fancy outfits with shark fins on their heads, but it also includes their pal, Gloria, who is now Ranger Girl. A huge huzzah for Gloria!
A couple of years ago I showed a story that included U.S. soldiers with the old-fashioned helmets. A reader asked "why the Tommy helmets" (meaning British — but known in America as the M1917 helmet). That is because the American armed forces did not adopt the familiar M1 steel pot helmet until 1941. It was worn for 40 years until replaced in the ‘80s. I can testify the M1 is heavy...I was in the U.S. Army during the 1960s.
The terrific artwork is by Joe Doolin. The cover is by Dan Zolnerowich.
Read the first two chapters by clicking on the thumbnails:
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
We have as a modern reminder of Guy Fawkes the famous V for Vendetta mask, worn to show opposition for whomever the opposers happen to be opposing.
More from the same issue of Headline Comics, the short and murderous career of Babyface Nelson. Just click on the thumbnail:
Monday, September 08, 2014
This funny tale is cover-featured on Frankenstein #3 (1946). It’s by — who else? — Dick Briefer.
Briefer shows a magician named The Great Bruce. It is a caricature of Bruce Elliott, who helped Briefer write this issue. I don’t know a lot about Elliott except that he did some of the Shadow pulp novels, subbing for regular Shadow author Walter Gibson.
Briefer, who also did a comic strip for The Daily Worker, the Communist Party USA newspaper, takes a humorous dig at capitalism early in the story. Being a known communist in the postwar era would have presented a problem with the general public and certainly would have him on the FBI’s list. I don’t know if Briefer later changed his politics, nor do I know if his affiliation with the party was common knowledge amongst his peers or publishers.