Tuesday, May 29, 2012

SHERLOCK HOLMES "Star of the East"

Though Sherlock has just concluded it's 2nd season on Masterpiece Mystery...
...there's no shortage of the Greatest Sleuth of All's tale on this blog!
This never-reprinted tale from Charlton's Sherlock Holmes #1 (1955) has another Dr Watson look-alike, Dr Cromwell, is set in present-day America, and, again, the illustrator leaves the ear-flaps off Sherlock's deerstalker!
You'll also note the tartan-style pattern on both the deerstalker and Inverness cape disappears after Page 3!
Both the writer and artist(s) of these tales is unknown.
None of the stories is signed, and the art style seems to be a combination of the techniques of several different illustrators.

Join us next week for another tale of mystery..

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Here's a book-length cross-genre tale based on a popular 1930s novel...
 ...encompassing both crime and romance in equal measure with an adult-oriented plotline and lots of violence!
You won't have to wait a week for the next chapter!
It'll be posted tomorrow in our sister blog True Love Comics Tales™, the chapter after that on Thursday in Seduction of the Innocent™, then, the conclusion in Atomic Kommie Comics™ on Friday!
Novel by Sinclair Drago (aka Harry Sinclair Drago, who also wrote Westerns under the pseudonym "Bliss Lomax".)
Illustrated by Myron Fass. 
The comic's scripter/adapter is unknown.
This tale has been reprinted several times in the '40s and '50s, but not since then...until now!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Yeah, Mother's Day was last Sunday, but we were in the middle of a Sherlock Holmes tale...
...but we'll make up for it now with this tale about the most evil mother of them all!
In the Days of the Mob #1 (1971) was a b/w "true crime" magazine, featuring dramatizations of real-life criminals' stories...as you've just seen.
Regrettably, it only ran one issue, though the complete second edition was prepared and ready to go when the ax fell.
The title was edited/written/illustrated by Jack Kirby, inked by Vince Colletta.
It's never been reprinted.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

NEW ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES "Deadly Inheritance" Conclusion

Holmes and Watson are called upon to participate in a seance which could reveal where a missing will can be found.
Traveling to Norfolk Castle, the skeptical duo join family members in the seance where a vital clue is revealed by the ghostly voice of the deceased Norfolk pater.
But the murder of one of the participants ends the session before more information can be gleaned...
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had been a noted skeptic about spiritualism and paramormal activity.
But the deaths of several family members including his younger brother, wife, and son in the early 1900s caused him to develop a near-obsession with the supernatural.
Though Doyle never incorporated supernatural elements into any Sherlock Holmes stories, the final novel of his other major character, Professor Challenger, entitled "The Land of Mist", was heavily-oriented towards the paranormal.

Art by Frank Giacoia, with several pages penciled by Mike Sekowsky, probably to help the very busy Giacoia meet the deadline.
The writer of these comic book stories, however, is unknown.
Sherlock Holmes will return in a few weeks...

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Return with us to fog-bound London circa 1890...
...as The World's Greatest Detective (and his faithful biographer) once more solve the unsolvable in an original, never-reprinted tale!
"The morning" will dawn one week from today, Holmsians.

Unlike the Charlton comic we ran HERE, this book from Dell Comics was authorized by the Doyle estate, who approved all the material before publication.
No missing flaps on Sherlock's deerstalker, Dr Watson is front and center once more, and it's set in the gaslit 1890s!
BTW, The book's title was not "New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes #1", but Four Color #1169 (1961).
The strip's title was New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
Four Color was an "umbrella" title, where Dell would try out concepts for one to three issues before giving them their own ongoing series...if sales warranted.
Regrettably, New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes ended after only two issues.
Neither has ever been reprinted, but both will be re-presented in this blog over the next few months.

Art by Frank Giacoia, who illustrated a short-lived Sherlock Holmes newspaper comic strip several years earlier.
That newspaper strip was written by Edith Meiser, who had penned a number of Sherlock Holmes radio show scripts.
The writer of these comic book stories, however, is unknown.
Note: several pages were penciled by Mike Sekowsky, probably to help the very busy Giacoia meet the deadline.

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