Wednesday, September 9, 2020

CoronaVirus Crime Comics SCOTLAND YARD "Little Al of the Secret Service in Case of the Microbe Menace"

When Commies attempt to use biological warfare on US soil...
...only America's brave intelligence agents can uncover and neutralize the threat!
This never-reprinted story from Charlton's crime anthology Scotland Yard #3 (1955) is actually previously-unpublished inventory from Ziff-Davis' Little Al of the Secret Service (previously Little Al of the FBI) that Charlton acquired when Ziff-Davis' short-lived comic division closed and they sold the previously-published and never-published material to recoup costs.
Illustrated by Mike Roy, the story is probably written by Ziff-Davis' comics editor Jerry (Superman) Siegel.
Little Al was called that because, though he was shorter than average but so feisty and determined that he overcame that height disadvantage with martial arts skills and superb deductive abilities.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

PERRY MASON "Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe" Conclusion

When Last We Left the Hard-Boiled Lawyer (yes, it is a thing")...
There's a helluva lot of plot here.
Reread Part 1 and Part 2, then join us as the trial begins...












Until two issues of a 1960s Perry Mason comic based on the TV show, this (and the previous issue we showed) were Perry's only comic book appearances!
Speaking of TV...

...here's a pre-Star Trek Leonard Nimoy as Pete Chennery in the adaptation of "Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe.
BTW, in the 1963 Perry Mason TV episode, Chennery was the murderer!
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(the novel this comic was adapted from)

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

PERRY MASON "Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe" Part 2


...lunching in a department store's restaurant, Perry and his secretary, Della, see an elderly woman who appears to be a shoplifter!
There's an incredible amount of plot in the previous chapter involving stolen jewels, drunken gem dealers, and blood on the sole of the shoplifter's shoe (Hence the title)!
So you should go back and read Part 1 before continuing here, after Perry discovers the second corpse in this tale...so far...
And with that, we take our leave until the surprising climax...
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Monday, August 10, 2020

PERRY MASON "Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe" Part 1

...let's look at another of the hard-boiled lawyer's (read it and it'll make sense) never-reprinted comic adventures, based on an Erle Stanley Gardner novel...
Don't you just hate when that happens?
The Story Continues...
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This never-reprinted, book-length tale from McKay's Feature Book #50 (1947) was either written or edited by Erle Stanley Gardner, adapting his 13th novel, Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe!
It was illustrated by Paul Norris, an artist with extensive comic book and newspaper strip credits including Brick Bradford, Secret Agent X-9, Jungle Jim, Tom Corbett: Space Cadet, The Sandman, and Tarzan.
He's also the co-creator of DC's Aquaman!
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Saturday, July 11, 2020

PERRY MASON "Case of the Lucky Legs" Chapter 6: Show Down

...as Perry Mason gathers the suspects together for a finale you won't soon forget!
Want to learn about the movie and TV adaptions of this novel?
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