Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Adventures in Comic-Boxing: The Day Vic Lockman (or Carl Barks?) Wrote Blackhawk!

Anything's possible when I'm rooting through my comic boxes... even the unlikely notion of longtime Disney/ Dell/ Gold Key/ Whitman writer VIC LOCKMAN writing DC's Blackhawk!  

...Or so it might seem by the cover of BLACKHAWK # 207 (DC Comics, Cover Date: April, 1965)!

Yo-Ho-Ho! They'll soon be in the dough!  

Yes... EEEK! 

"The Sign of Vic Lockman": Three "EEK!s" in one story... from what I call "The Ultimate Vic Lockman Story" better known as "The Feast on Planet Fuddo" in BUGS BUNNY # 117 (Gold Key Comics, Cover Date: May, 1968)!  

Or, given THIS...

...Perhaps it was CARL BARKS who took a turn at our favorite WWII fighting men turned sixties-sci-fi adventurers!  

UNCLE SCROOGE # 58 (Gold Key Comics, Cover Date: July, 1965) - which means that this issue and BLACKHAWK # 207 were on sale at almost the same time!  ...Another of those COINCIDENCES that I'm so fond of pointing out! 

But, no... "when the musing stops" we must reveal that the Blackhawk story was written by BOB HANEY, perhaps my favorite individual DC Silver Age writer, who was known for his unusual and imaginative stories!

...And, if you stand out for "unusual and imaginative stories" at Silver Age DC, you're REALLY doing something!  

Come to think of it, Bob Haney would have given Vic Lockman and 1960s Carl Barks a run for their... er,  (stolen) MONEY! 

...Ain't comics grand! 

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

I’m Not an Artist (...or an Editor), But… "What's Wrong With This Cover?"

Here is PEBBLES AND BAMM-BAMM #3 (Charlton Comics, Cover Date: May, 1972), a comic I've had for months but, it wasn't until I decided to read it today that I noticed something wrong with this cover!  

Anyone wanna take a quick guess as to what? 

No, huh? 

How 'bout you?  Yeah, you?  Take a shot!  Win a prize!  Oh, wait?  No prize?  Okay, then... How about for good old personal satisfaction?  

Hmmm... good guess, but not quite!  No, it's not the GOLD FILLINGS in that rhino-o-saurus' mouth!  Look closely and you'll see them!  Or, is that just a case of Charlton using a little too much yellow?  We'll never know!  
Okay, here's a hint...

Take a look at the book's LOGO...

...Now, look at the cover again...

See anything unusual?  


Look again... 



Ya get the feeling that something - or someone - is missing?  


Maybe if we focus in a little tighter on that logo...

C'mon... Do we have to hit you over the head with it?  

Look again... 



And, with so many Bedrock teens on the cover,  I didn't even notice until looking closely!  

...Did you?  

Or, bigger question, did Charlton's editors?  

...Ohhh, Charlton... You've done it again!  

"Don't laugh, Bamm-Bamm... They didn't PAY me for that one!"

Monday, May 20, 2024

Adventures in Comic-Boxing: Sometimes the Mark is Missed!

Euro Disney comics have been putting us silly Americans to utter shame since at least the 1970s, when the best we could muster-up was art by Kay Wright, Bob Gregory, and a Roger Armstrong who was not even a shadow of his former self!  Not to mention an almost absurd over-reliance on scripts by Vic Lockman, resulting in more substandard work than his (generally good, and sometimes even great) talents would indicate!

THE most egregious example of Kay Wright and Vic Lockman at their VERY WORST! 

So, far be it from me to to be openly critical of the usually fine Disney comics work produced by my fellow European creators! 

But, sometimes, even they can miss the mark, and so it was when someone(s) tried to rip-off the cover of HUEY, DEWEY AND LOUIE JUNIOR WOODCHUCKS #22 (Gold Key Comics, Cover Date: September, 1973) for Walt Disney's Ekstra-Haefte #4/1975...  

All I can say is... How Much Inappropriately Placed Character Usage could a Woodchuck Chuck, if a Woodchuck Could Chuck Inappropriately Placed Character Usage!  

Ironically, the original (and far better) American cover is penciled by the very same Kay Wright whose shockingly bad "artwork" (quotes intentional) is seen at the top of this post!  Thankfully, in this case, Wright was inked by the competent Larry Mayer, saving a specimen of Kay Wright's art as much as such a thing can be saved!  

So, hey "Ekstra-Haefte guys"... YOU'RE EUROPEANS!  If you're going to rip off a Kay Wright drawing, you MUST HAVE SOMEONE BETTER  to do the job, rather than looking as if you... (I can barely type the words)... traced Kay Wright... as if anyone would ever WANT to do such a thing!  

And WHY UNCLE SCROOGE?!  Donald Duck was the best possible character to have been in the tent... um, "when the bough breaks"!  And even Kay Wright manages to give him a suitable put-upon expression... 

...With some help from Larry Mayer, so it wouldn't look like THIS!  

And, I repeat... WHY UNCLE SCROOGE?!  It's obvious that you're ripping-off the Gold Key cover, so why not do it all the way?  

Once you've slavishly duplicated every other element - down to the FLOWERS ON THE GROUND (!) what's the purpose of substituting Uncle Scrooge for Donald?  

It doesn't really make sense in terms of characterization as, again, Donald was the best possible character to sell the gag!  

...And, beyond that, Scrooge's EXPRESSION doesn't even FIT THE SITUATION!!! 

Tired and sweaty doesn't even connect to the gag!  

My guess is that this inappropriately used image is probably repurposed art from some other cover or story! 

Whatever the reason, we'll just chalk-up this misplaced image of Scrooge looking as if he just crawled across the Gobi Desert to (...of all the inexplicable reasons in Heaven and Earth) be in a Kay Wright cover rip-off (!) to just another odd Adventure in Comic Boxing!  

Monday, May 13, 2024

Adventures in Comic-Boxing: You Never Know Who's Lurking in the Background!

Here's an interesting panel from THE FLASH # 202 (DC Comics, Cover Date: December, 1970), which shows not only the degree to which American society had changed at the time...

...But how much these COMICS themselves had changed since the "anything goes" imagination-burst of the Silver Age!  

The cover of  THE FLASH # 202, in contrast...

Certainly more dramatic, with some late '60s - mid '70s comic-book relevance added - but straight forward, and completely eschewing the unpleasant grotesqueries of today's comics!  

But, amid the greater era-reflecting visuals and relevance, we're here to "draw" (Get it? Because it's art?) some attention to a certain someone lurking in the background!  

Someone who is, in no way, connected to our story, but is there nonetheless as an apparent observer of the unusual culture that we had become.   

Look!  Between the caption box and the hippie's head...



I think I might have discovered the first STAR TREK comic book crossover! 

A proud tradition that would someday lead us to places like THIS! 

And to think, it all started with this humble, hippie-like beginning!

Like WOW, man!