Wednesday, October 31, 2018

KEN SHANNON "Corpse that Wouldn't Sleep"

It's Halloween, so let's present a scary private eye story...
...from the 1950s, the era when horror comics were all the rage, starring private dick Ken Shannon, to whom this sort of thing happened quite often, as seen HERE!
This tale from Quality's Ken Shannon #3 (1952) was one of several cover stories during his run that featured horror comics elements, though the "monsters" were fakes created to cover-up crimes.
The superb artwork by Reed Crandall makes up for the fairly obvious plotting by an unknown writer.
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

THE SPIRIT "Vietnam '50"

Before America took a direct hand...
...Vietnam was, to pop culture fans, just another exotic locale for high adventure!
Written by Will Eisner (with Jules Feiffer assisting), penciled and inked by Eisner and his studio, this tale published in November 5, 1950 Sunday newspapers uses the then-current Indo-China War as the nominal location for a story about a criminal who tries to evade justice, only to be done in by his own avarice!
Eisner would revisit the locale decades later in the Dark Horse graphic novel Last Day in Vietnam.(2000)
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

IT RHYMES WITH LUST "Chapter 4: Indecision"

Newspaperman Hal Weber discovers his lover and secret employer Rust Masson doesn't like it when her own stepdaughter attempts to lure Hal away from her...
To Be Continued...Tomorrow...
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Friday, July 14, 2017

IT RHYMES WITH LUST "Chapter 2: Caught in the Web"

Newspaperman Hal Weber takes over Copper City's "The Express", ostensibly a legit news-source, but secretly the PR tool of Rust Masson, Weber's former lover and head of a criminal cartel that controls the town's government and underworld!
But meeting Audrey Masson, Rust's lovely, innocent step-daughter, makes Hal reconsider his mercenary task...
To Be Continued...MONDAY
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Thursday, August 11, 2016

JOHNNY DYNAMITE "Wire Trap"

Did you know there was a Johnny Dynamite prose story?
Told in hard-boiled style, of course...
This never-reprinted short by Ken Fitch (with a Pete Morisi spot illustration) from Comic Media's Dynamite #8 (1954) makes us regret Fitch never tried doing a Johnny Dynamite novel.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

JOHNNY DYNAMITE "Eye for an Eye!"

...but this cover should tip you off that a major change would occur in his second issue!
There's hard boiled...and there's HARD BOILED!
This was HARD BOILED!
If there was any doubt Johnny Dynamite was the equal to Mike Hammer or any of the other private dicks of the era, this story wipes it out!
Co-creator/writer Ken Fitch worked in comics from the earliest days (National Allied Publications' [Later DC Comics] New Fun Comics in 1935) to the early 1960s at Dell Comics doing movie and TV adaptations!
Along the way, he co-created several characters besides Johnny Dynamite including DC's Tex Thompson: AmeriCommando, and HourMan!
Be here tomorrow for a one-of-a-kind text story starring Johnny Dynamite !
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