Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hilee Hilo

Saturday Leftover Day.

Of coure, the so-called 'Dutch' humor of the late ninetenth century had nothing to do with The Netherlands, but more with a German (Deutsch) tradition. Still, the name was out there, so windmills and dikes and stuff like that was used as well. The name Kartoffelschnitz is pure German. We call that 'aardappelschijf'. This was an almost daily strip, by the way.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Criminal Justice

Friday Comic Book Day.

When I was going through scans of Timely titls to look for Fred Kida's work for last Friday's post, I came across All-True Crime Cases #48, a specil 52 page issue of that longstanding crime comic from the company where Stan Lee was the overall editor. Two months later, they decided to add an extra month to the books by shortening the return time of their output, filling the artificial hole with 52 page Spring issues for many of their titles (not including All-True). Why they would give this one title a 52 page regular issue two months before that I don't know, but we are the lucky ones since it contained not only the Fred Kida story I showed last week, but also three (!) stories by George Tuske. The first was written by Hank Chapman, a prolific writer (and sometimes editor) for Stan Lee, who would soon switch to doing war stories only (ending his career as a comic book writer doing war stories for DC, while moving to Arizna to become a photographer). The real All-True Crime here is that in the Price Guide this single double issue is not priced any higher than it's regular sized 'neighbours'. Get it before the word gets out.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Calling Dr. Frank

Thursday Story Strip Day.

We live in the Golden Age of reprint, which doesn't mean anything and everything gets reprinted. In a marketplace that can't sell a regular series of Big ben Bolt reprints, one doesn't have to expect a reprint of Frank Thorne's Dr. Guy Bennett. Es[ecially since it is not a particulary well written strip. As far as medical soap operas go, this is a lame one. Still, it is noce to see Frank Thorne's development as an artist over the years he drew it. He was not the first artist. The strip was started and drawn for the first two years by Jim Seed, who later went on to do Jane Arden. In Jerry Bails Who's Who there is no mention of a Sunday strip, although there clearly was. It started in the Seed period and extended into the years that Thorne dre the strip. I do have the impression it was stopped after a couple of years, though. I haven't checked Alan Holtz' Encyclopedia, he might have the actual start and finish dates.