Tuesday, February 28, 2012


We present, with pardonable pride, the single most notorious crime comic of all...
Art by Jack Cole
...True Crime Comics V1N2 (1947), which was probably mentioned more often in Fredric Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent than any other book!
If you want to know why, just feast your peepers on the cover story...
...and this Jack Cole-written and illustrated (inked by Alex Kotsky) story isn't the sleaziest or most tawdry of the book's tales!
That distinction goes to the second story, which we presented HERE!
As to whether this tale is "true" or not, we don't know.
But it is kool!
featuring the cover art from the issue this story came from!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Before Virgil Tibbs!
Before John Shaft!
Before Easy Rawlins!
There was..Ace Harlem...
...one of the characters in All-Negro Comics (1947), the first comic book by a Black publisher, written and illustrated by Black creators and featuring Black characters.
A complete issue is unavailable on the Net since every copy I've seen is "slabbed", but an incomplete version of the book is available on-line from several sources.
The pages below are all that is currently extant of the Ace Harlem story...
The publisher, Orrin C. Evans, wrote in his editorial...
Through Ace Harlem, we hope dramatically to point up the outstanding contributions of thousands of fearless, intelligent Negro police officers engaged in a constant fight against crime throughout the United States.
A second issue was written and illustrated, but never published.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


All's fair in love and crime...
...as this never-reprinted note of affection from a menacing matron which appeared in Real Clue Crime Stories V6 N5 (1951) reveals...
Illustrated by Bill Ely, one of the steadier, though unsung, heroes of both the Golden and Silver Ages for almost every company in every genre.
Unfortunately, he never worked on a big-name series, nor was his art stylistically-distinctive enough for him to become more than a footnote in comics history, despite almost 500 stories and covers from 1937-1967 to his credit.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

3-D: WHACK! "Ghastly Dee-fective Comics"

Get out the red/blue 3-D glasses (red on the left, blue on the right)...
 ...cause it's 3-D Week at all the RetroBlogs™!
This satirical story, penciled by Norman Maurer and inked by Joe Kubert for Whack! #1 (1953), was was especially-designed for use as a 3-D story (unlike some comic tales that were adapted from 2-D to 3-D during the 1950s 3-D craze.) 
(Whack! was one of numerous MAD comic book clones that popped up in the early 1950s.)

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