Saturday, August 20, 2016

Partners For Real Life

Friday Comic Book Day.

Before John Severin and Bill Elder worked for EC through their pal Harvey Kurtzman, they learned their craft on a lot of stories for several publishers and titles. They did western stories for Prize Comica Westerns, some crime and love stories for Jack Kirby and Joe Simon's titles at Prize and many odd jobs ibetween. Together (Severin on pencils and Elder on inks) they did sone of their best naterial for Standard and none as good as the many stories and covers they did for Standard. The work they did for Real Life particulary stands out as some of the best of their early career.




Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Ending The Gang With A Bang

Thursday Gang Busters Day.

Today's episode of Gang Busters is by Joe Maneely and comes from #62.

It is wonderful to see that at least under this editor artists like Joe Maneely were allowed to have their own style.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Big Gang Theory

Wednesday Gang Busters Day.

Today's episode of Gang Busters is by Joe Maneely and comes from #61.

Monday, August 15, 2016

That Ol' Gang Of Mine

Tuesday Busters Day.

Today's Gang Buster story is by George Roussos and comes from #63.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Gang Is Here!

Monday Gang Busters Day.

Today's Gang Buster story is by George Roussos and comes from #59.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Who Are Ya' Gonna Call?

Sunday Meskin Measures.

Today we skip our regular visit to Headline to have a look at one of a few stories Mort Meskin did for DC in the late fifties. This time, it's not one of the 'horror' books but a small, lesser known crime title called Gang Busters. Gang Busters was based on a radio show, but ran a lot longer than that. In fact, I will be showing some of the other stories for the later run on the days after this. In it you will see two by George Roussos, which gives you another look at the difference between Meskin and Roussos' styles - when they were so often lumped together at Prize. I also have a story by Joe Maneely, who was also looking for better paying work at that time and really outdid himself on everything he did for DC.









Friday, August 12, 2016

I Hear Ya'

Saturday Leftover Day.

Here's an oddity for you. Steven Thompson found this online in the June 1949 issue of Radio Best magazines. A series of imagined radio personalities portaits by Secret Agent X9 artist Mel Graff paired with their actual photos. It all looks pretty Mad-like to us, except that it isn't meant to be funny and Mad was not around yet, of course. But when Lee Elias later worked for Mad imitations Lunatickle and Cockeyed, he employed exacly the same style. Anyway, I looked around a bit and found another installment in the May issue. And since this is called a 'department' it may even have been in other issues as well, although none of those show up online.