Friday, March 16, 2018
In today’s story, Dr H is being tortured by enemy agents. Yikes! He is strung up, hung from a ceiling. That has just got to hurt. As you who have read the origin story know, Dr Hypno can put his mind into an animal. It is what he does with a cat, in order to get someone to rescue him. I hope I won’t spoil this story by saying that Dr Hypno’s human brain gets the cat to dip its tail in ink. Beyond what he is able to accomplish with Dr Hypno’s brain controlling him, I don’t think a cat’s fur would be useful for other tasks, say inking comic books. Especially not for Frank Thomas, who created, wrote and drew Dr Hypno. Thomas had a nice brush ink line, which comes from the flexibility of sable hair. There’s no need to worry that some crazed artist will steal your cat and turn him into a feline Winsor and Newton Series 7 comic book inking brush.
This purr-ty good Dr Hypno entry is from Amazing Man Comics #18 (1940):
To see the Dr Hypno origin story, just click on the thumbnail.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Suzie was created for MLJ Comics during the war years, and her comic book was published for at least a decade after the war’s end.
I admit to being naïve myself. I thought steam cabinets were a cliché, used as a joke. I thought they were only used in the distant past (in the case of this story, 1944). I did not think they were still being used for weight loss, but I was wrong. Here is a photo from the Internet showing a portable steam cabinet you can buy right now. (I don’t advertise in this blog, so I removed all of the information that would identify it. If you want it you’ll have to look it up.)
This steamy story, written by Ed Goggin and drawn by Harry Sahle, is from MLJ’s Laugh Comics #46 (1944).
Monday, March 12, 2018
Mr Scarlet was created by France Herron and Jack Kirby, and was a second banana hero during the early forties. Pinky, like Robin and who-knows-how-many before and since, was the grown man’s “ward.” Pinky is a really bad name for a sidekick, especially a young male sidekick. Pinky is a moniker that would make the youngster a targets of bullies. “Your name is...snort...guffaw...Pinky? When I’m done laughing I’m gonna pound you into next week!”
All imagined scenes of bully brutality and carnage aside, the Grand Comics Database has no guesses for writer or artist for this tale from America’s Greatest Comics #4 (1942).
Friday, March 09, 2018
And third: As a youthful reader of Dell’s Tarzan I really loved that giant eagle, Argus. I still do.
Credits for “Wings in the Morning” go to Gaylord Dubois for the script, and Jesse Marsh for the artwork.