Sunday, April 21, 2024

Separated at Mirth: 3-Ds Come in Threes!

The 3-D movie craze briefly flared-up and died-out in the mid-1950s!  It's apex being the year 1953. 

Now, I'm not about to say that comic books were "behind the times" (...because, far more often than not, they looked forward rather than backward) but apparently, in comic books, the 3-D movie craze held on into the next decade...or two!  

For evidence of this, we need look no further than today's "Separation at..." well, not exactly "Mirth"... but, "Delightful Weirdness"?  That okay, with you all?   

AHEM!  And so, we present today's "Whatchamacallit Separation" that brings together the heretofore "Separated" BLACKHAWK #157 (DC Comics, Cover Date: February, 1961)...

...And BORIS KARLOFF TALES OF MYSTERY #35 (Gold Key Comics, Cover Date: June, 1971).

And, just like those fondly-remembered movies of the '50s, some scary stuff is "comin' atcha!" 

Put 'em together in reverse chronological order, and they're "comin' at each other!"

...Perhaps it's better - and safer - this way!  

Oh, and from (more or less) the heart of the  3-D movie craze, we can add the first page of WONDER WOMAN #64 (DC Comics, Cover Date: February, 1954)... Actual On-Sale Date1953-12-21.

...Showing that comic books also did this bit when it was current!  

There we have the 3-D Triumvirate of BLACKHAWK #157, BORIS KARLOFF TALES OF MYSTERY #35, and WONDER WOMAN #64... Separated at (the Third Dimension of) Mirth!  

Adventures in Comic-Boxing: Clowning for Kool-Aid!

 Long before CLOWNS were considered scary, and before "DRINKING THE KOOL-AID" took on a sinister and outright deadly connotation, comic book readers were treated to this very attractive ad for America's favorite soft drink powder in the pages of TOM AND JERRY COMICS #136 and #142 (Dell Comics, Cover Dates: November, 1955 and May, 1956 respectively) and CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST #38 (Harvey Comics, Cover Date: November, 1955). 

Doubtless there are more instances of the ad, but those are the three appearances I've logged thus far at GCD.  HERE'S a link to one of them, for the curious. 

As noted in the index: "A clown that looks as if he just stepped out of a Normal Rockwell painting acts as a circus barker to hawk Kool-Aid."

Just an all-around pleasant, nice-looking ad that was far more typical of the 1950s than of the increasingly sloppy years that followed.  (I'm talkin' to YOU, '70s and '80s!)

...And that "smiling pitcher" is just a "forever icon", isn't it?  

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Adventures in Comic-Boxing: When Aquaman's Away, SOMEONE'S Gotta Talk to Fish!

When Aquaman's away...

...SOMEONE'S gotta talk to fish!   

And, it might as well be THIS GUY! 

He seems to be doing a good job of it! 

So much so that even Aquaman approves!  

Monday, April 8, 2024

Adventures in Comic-Boxing: Donald Duck's Typically Bad Timing!

While the world goes agog over today's SOLAR ECLIPSE of 2024, you might be wondering what tenuously-eclipse-related thoughts are rattling around in my one-of-a-kind, never-to-be-duplicated, accept-no-substitutes mind on The Big Day!

...Oh, you're NOT?  Well, humor me and read on anyway... 

It's simply this...

If Donald Duck had chosen TODAY to casually walk past that telescope, he would just have gone on his merry way, sans singed tailfeathers - and eyes unharmed, because he's looking away from the sun!  

...And DONALD DUCK #71 (Dell Comics, Cover Date: May-June, 1960) would have had a different cover gag!  

Non-Eclipse-Day gag and cover art by Carl Barks. 


Unlike Donald, Averi watches the eclipse from her backyard... though it looks like an ordinary afternoon to me! 

Gotta love her fascination with it! 

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Adventures in Comic-Boxing: Are Ya Sure Ya Don't Wanna Rethink This?

From the inside back cover of POPULAR COMICS #97 (Dell Comics, Cover Date: March, 1944) comes the following Public Service Message...

Please forgive me if I sound even the slightest bit unpatriotic, but wouldn't this be this very comic book's own equivalent of Daffy Duck saying: "WELL I SAY HE DOES HAVE TO SHOOT ME NOW! SO SHOOT ME NOW!

Would my copy of POPULAR COMICS #97 EVEN EXIST TODAY, if it's original owner in 1944 followed the advice espoused in its very pages?  

Well, I'm happy to say that he or she did not do so... and not only is this book here today to enjoy and inspire a Blog post... but we beat the bad guys anyway, without its nobly-offered gesture of self-sacrifice!  

But, simply for running this advisory, we can not only say "DELL COMICS ARE GOOD COMICS" ( they proudly said for years), they are also "PATRIOTIC COMICS"!