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 on: March 25, 2017, 04:00:03 PM 
Started by Superman - Last post by Superman
The cow story is a good one!
Link to the book: Smash Comics 72

 on: March 24, 2017, 02:24:31 PM 
Started by hoover - Last post by hoover
I've been working on a bound volume of the UK boys' paper The Captain, which won't interest many here, and decided the issue number as given on the papers is of less use than the year/month to identify them.  They were bound in half-year batches so I expected volume 21 to start with issue 121.  It started with 120 followed by 122, 123, 123, 124, 125.  At least they had 126 to start volume 22 which would also be incorrect.  In the end I numbered them as I expected them to be and stand ready to be corrected if anyone ever fills in the gaps in this paper.

 on: March 24, 2017, 08:41:00 AM 
Started by MarkWarner - Last post by John Kerry
Ask and you shall receive. Here is a link to information about Anita.

 on: March 24, 2017, 05:30:02 AM 
Started by crashryan - Last post by crashryan
I can see why you thought of Ditko but I'm not sure. Some of the posing and a couple of the heads look like Steve, but there's too much funky perspective and too many odd layouts (like page 13 panel 5). Ditko has such a strong style that I think it'd show more, as it did in other Ditko-Trapani efforts (e.g. Nukla).
Link to the book: Teen Secret Diary 01

 on: March 24, 2017, 04:58:57 AM 
Started by MarkWarner - Last post by crashryan
Poppo the Mystery Clown, more like. Curious about the TV references--and never having heard of the man--I did some digging. I came up with very little. What little I found seemed (like so many internet writeups) to be people copying what others have said without checking. What I know for sure is that The Popcorn Theater was a kid's show on WABC-TV in New York. I found 1956 listings for it both in a newspaper and in a trade magazine survey of show ratings. A posting on a site devoted to kids' shows mentions WABC and Poppo the Clown, but its dates are suspect. The years--1958 rather than 1955/1956--are clearly wrong. Also suspicious is the assertion that the show premiered in September and was canceled in December of the same year. Other TV tie-in comics have outlasted their boob-tube namesakes, but I can't buy the idea that anyone would publish a dozen issues featuring a show that only lasted two months. One last factoid I unearthed is a 1955 listing for Popcorn Theater in a Southwestern daily paper. This suggests the show was syndicated. The much-copied posting states that "no one knows" who played Poppo. However given that Poppo and The Popcorn Theater are "copyrighted and patented and the sole property of" one George Gale, it's not unlikely that Gale played Poppo. Sadly I could find nothing useful about George Gale, with or without Poppo.

So how about the comic? Inoffensive. A bit didactic. The stories are good-spirited and try to teach moral lessons without shoving them down a reader's throat. I like the the continuity between the individual stories, uncommon in kids' comics.  There is some obvious re-lettering on pages 19 and 26. I think dialogue was added to clarify the story by identifying who's who. It doesn't say much for Mr Jones that he's more interested in re-election than he is in justice for Bumpy. A touch of the real world? The artwork does its job. Not great but not bad. After years of seeing Charles Biro's name pasted on comic stories I've concluded that I have no idea what his art looks like. This may be him and it may not.

The magic tricks are interesting but I am most intrigued by the second item in "Center Ring Facts." I leave it to someone else to ferret out information about 17-pound Anita the Living Doll and her forty cigarettes a day (!!).

 on: March 24, 2017, 03:00:03 AM 
Started by BoldVenturePress - Last post by BoldVenturePress
Damn ... look at that babe on the first page of "Eye For An Eye." I'm appreciating how Pete Morisi illustrates his femme fatales ... and his law-abiding babes ...
Link to the book: Dynamite 4

 on: March 24, 2017, 12:00:01 AM 
Link to the book: Teen Secret Diary 04

 on: March 23, 2017, 11:00:55 PM 
Started by MarkWarner - Last post by narfstar
As a math teacher I especially enjoyed the first story. It was a very strange mix of humor and morality play. The art was pretty good and I think it may have been Biro. Second story was also pretty good. I would call it a hit. I liked the first part enough that I read the rest. I enjoyed it also. Sure it was not always very realistic but what comic is. It was fun and I still think it might be Biro art. If the teacher never learned any teaching tricks things were a lot different back then.

 on: March 23, 2017, 11:00:01 PM 
Started by Superman - Last post by Superman
Paul Webb the Richmond VA comic fan / collector?
I haven't seen Paul for years. Is he still alive? He was a great guy, liked by everybody.
Link to the book: The Spirit (1947-08-03) - Chicago Sun

 on: March 23, 2017, 08:53:31 PM 
Started by doccomix - Last post by Kracalactaka
you must be mistaken, I just downloaded the file and it is Science Comics 4

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