Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Adventures in Comic-Boxing: Who Chose THIS Image?

Here is a subscription ad from SUPERMAN # 174 (DC Comics, Cover Date: January, 1965), that leaves me wondering "Who Chose THIS Image?"

Let's look a little closer at the ad...

Sure, I'd like to be the first in my neighborhood to read each issue of Superman!  And, just as sure, I'd like to get 'em for 10-cents each, instead of that allowance-busting 12-cents per issue! 

But something's still not right...

...I'VE GOT IT! 

Why does Superman need to RUN, when he can fly? 

...And why is he running with what appears to be a "bag of loot"?  C'mon, you can't tell me that's his "dirty Clark Kent laundry" in there! 

While the use of existing character art was very prevalent for ads like this...

...I'm convinced that this illustration is of some "Superman Impostor" making a getaway, rather than "The Real-Deal of Steel"! 

I can't tell you which comic it might have come from, but it is clearly not Superman assuming anything resembling a heroic pose!  ...Like the one below! 

Why this particular image of Superman was selected to represent the character for a subscription ad is just another one of those things we'll never know... I just hope the real Superman gets here in time, before this costumed-crook gets away!

Oh, good... He did!  

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Adventures in Comic-Boxing: Just Another Reason Harvey Eisenberg was So Great!

As if we needed to find more examples of why former animator / layout man and Dell and Gold Key comic book artist HARVEY EISENBERG (...whose comics work on TOM AND JERRY was the stuff of legends) was so great, let's examine CHIP 'N' DALE # 19 (Dell Comics, Cover Date: September-November, 1959!  (Click to enlarge all images!) 

Pete is about to use his steam shovel to destroy Chip 'n' Dale's tree!  The shovel scoop has taken on the look of a hungry mouth! 

In desperation, Chip 'n' Dale hurriedly loosen-up everything they can!  Just look at Pete's steam shovel REAR-UP on its "hind wheels" before charging! 

Things literally "fall to pieces" for Pete!  His forward rush and screeching halt in the lower tier are priceless!

Confronted by a "Prototype for Ranger Smith" (a character Eisenberg would often draw over the next few years in Dell and Gold Key Comics), Pete gets his deserved comeuppance - and some wonderfully perplexed expressions courtesy of Harvey Eisenberg!   

As noted above, this story (which, if it wasn't a Chip 'n' Dale theatrical short, certainly SHOULD have been) was originally published in Dell's CHIP 'N' DALE # 19 (1959)...

...And was reprinted in CHIP 'N' DALE # 3 (1969)  from Gold Key, allowing me the opportunity to showcase - not one, but two - Harvey Eisenberg covers! 

...'Cause you can never have too much Harvey Eisenberg!  

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Adventures in Comic-Boxing: Exit Opera - Enter Disco!

For today's little bit of nonsense, we present the cover of GHOSTS # 90 (DC Comics, Cover Date: July, 1980).

Remember when Phantoms only haunted Operas and Rue Morgues?  Not for THIS Phantom! 

In that now-fondly-remembered period of the late 1970s - early 1980s, even PHANTOMS had to keep up with the times! 

Our protagonist seems to have gotten himself into quite the... "Disco Stew"!  

...Hey, Stu, did somebody say, DISCO? 

But, what really makes it noteworthy to this humble Blogger is the TAGLINE!  

"In the DISCO -- no one can hear you scream!"

Loathe as I am to admit it, I had actually gone to a disco or three circa 1979, and indeed NO ONE could hear you scream... or talk... or sneeze, or make otherwise embarrassing bodily sounds, or whatever... 

But you gotta love DC's use of such a gag on the cover of what is a normally "straight" horror comic!  

...Okay, it's time to "Disco Duck" outta here!  

...Or, "In the DISCO -- no one can hear you WAK!"

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Happy Mother's Day 2022!

Don't take it from me, when Cici can wish it so much better - and cuter!

Not to be outdone, big sister Averi strikes an atypically angelic pose...

...Leaving me to wonder what she's been up to! 

Happy Mother's Day 2022!

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

I’m Not an Artist, But… Still "Famous" After All This Dime ...er, TIME!

Not quite certain if this should be pigeonholed into the "I’m Not an Artist, But…" subset.  Maybe more like "I’m Not a Cover Editor, But…".  

Here is MY COPY of FELIX THE CAT #83 (Harvey Comics, Cover Date: May, 1957).  See anything unusual... especially after taking a clue from the TITLE of this post?  

If not, let's dolly in closer for a more detailed look!

Okay, I dunno about you but, when I see this, I can't help but wonder if it's telling me that the FELIX THE CAT *comic book* is "STILL 10¢" (the presumed purpose) -- OR if Felix *himself* is "STILL the World's Most Famous Cat"

That little bit of cover copy should have been left above the title logo, as it usually was. 

 But, then again, "I’m Not an Artist, OR a Cover Editor, But…"!  

...Oh, and while we're at it, let's give a quick shout-out to "BRUCE" (up there) for being one of the many "GHOSTS" in my collection!  

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Separated at Mirth: Mayday! Mayday!

Could we have found a more appropriate "Mirth Separation" than this, for the First of May?  I think not!  

Below is the cover of WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES #92 (Dell Comics, Cover Date: May, 1948)...

...And, from HECKLE AND JECKLE #23 (St. John Comics, Cover Date: June, 1955), we find this Terry Bears one-page gag titled "Playful Papa", which just adds another indignity to the many frustrations of the Terry Bear boys' put-upon patriarch.  ...Seen as a full-page below - and then "segmented into a larger whole" for your viewing pleasure.  

And, of course, you can CLICK TO ENLARGE any image! 

So, what's our May Day Takeaway, here?  I'd say, be you an "Unca" or a "Papa", no one escapes Maypole Duty!  

There you have Donald Duck and Papa Terry Bear Separated At Maypole Mirth!