Monday, February 27, 2023

Adventures in Comic-Boxing: The "GHOSTS" of Presidents Past!

Here's a fascinating page from GHOSTS #11 (DC Comics, Cover Date: January, 1973), which we will offer with a minimum of comment as we don't really do politics here.  …With good reason, I might add!  

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As the "top box" says... "Since 1840, every [United States] president voted into office in a year ending in ZERO... has died in office." 

Ronald Reagan, elected in 1980, broke that particular curse... and I hope the curse REMAINS broken for ALL TIME, and I never have to say anything about it ever again!  

It was just a fascinating find that I thought to share with you, deeply embedded in a comic published back in late 1972... when the curse was still in effect.  NUFF SAID!  


REGARDING COMMENTS:  Because things are just so awful these days, ANY comment added to this post must be in good - AND RESPECTFUL - taste!  No partisan politics, regardless of side!  Any comment that fails to meet that basic and readily understandable criteria will NOT BE PUBLISHED! 

We had an incident like that a number of years back, and I don't wish to have another one!

Thank you!

Sunday, February 19, 2023

Adventures in Comic-Boxing: Thank Goodness for Panel Borders!

 Here's yet another example of a gag only Charlton Comics would have done!  

I should keep a log of them, like THIS ONE!  

From THE GREAT GAZOO # 8 (Charlton Comics, Cover Date: February, 1975) comes the following...

Ah, yes... "STREAKING"!  As the strange fads of the seventies collide with the Stone Age, we have but a few observations...

How does that patch of grass move along with Fred from side-to-side, each time he changes direction?  ...And did Gazoo just make Barney appear - complete with HIS OWN patch of grass?  Grass that WASN'T THERE, before Barney entered the scene. 

We are grateful that Fred wasn't just a tad less "fleet-of-foot"!  

...And thank goodness for panel borders!  

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Adventures in Comic-Boxing: Custom Made Diving Suits

Something that has probably never crossed your minds - and, perhaps, anyone's minds ever - is the amount of custom-design that must go into creating deep-sea diving outfits for distinctively-shaped  comic or cartoon characters. 

Consider this great page from TERRY-TOONS COMICS #65 (St. John Comics, Cover Date: February, 1948), so well drawn by Terrytoons animator Art Bartsch.

How much are you willing to bet that those diving pirates are CATS?  

The tell-tale EARS at the top of their helmets give the game away! 


And you probably DON'T NEED any dialogue, to figure out who's in THIS diving rig... 

 HINT: It's by Carl Barks - and from WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES #97 (1948)! 

Finally... Just imagine the fitting-session that went on for this one!

Th' "fitting" is enough ta gives ya "fits"! 

From the POPEYE cartoon "Dizzy Divers" (1935)! 

Still, I can't help but wonder what would have to be created for THIS GUY...

Expansion both forward AND sideways, I'd imagine!  

He'd be better off just remaining on land!