Saturday, March 31, 2012

FOXHOLE "50th Man"

From post-World War II, we return to the days of the Roman Empire...
...when bread and circuses (and gladiators) kept the population enthralled, as in this tale from FoxHole #6 (1955)!
You may note the final panel is a repeat of the figure from the page 1 splash and the caption lettering is different from the rest of the story.
While the tale, illustrated by Bill Draut, was produced before the Comics Code came into being, it was published after the Code began censoring comics.
It's rumored that the original final panel was a medium shot of Gratus/Geta with a sword thru his throat and his eyes rolled up.
But, unless the original art surfaces somewhere, we'll never know...
Until next time...
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Friday, March 23, 2012

"Prepare or Perish"

This post-World War II story detailed how we were very lucky...
...that the Axis was unable to reach our coasts in force, leaving us able to prepare in relative isolation from the fighting.
Sound words, George!
From Picture News in Color and Action #3 (1946).

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Friday, March 16, 2012

EAGLE COMICS "SharpShooters of the Clouds"

One of the more popular features in WWII comics was the "behind the scenes" story...
...detailing how the actual armed forces operated (within national security guidelines, of course)!
This particular tale appeared in Eagle Comics #1 (1945) and shows aerial combat only with Japanese aircraft, which makes sense since Germany had already surrendered at the time of publication!

Until next time...

Friday, March 9, 2012

CANTEEN KATE "Call to Arms"

After all the doom and gloom, we're going for some humor...
...with Canteen Kate in a tale illustrated by noted good-girl artist Matt Baker from Fightin' Marines #3 (1951).
Kate quickly graduated from being a back-up feature to her own title, which lasted only three issues due to the comic book witch-hunt of the 1950s, which shut down almost 3/4ths of the industry, including her publishers, St John Comics.
Until next time...

Friday, March 2, 2012

ATOMIC WAR! "Operation: Vengeance!"

We return to a potential near future (the 1960s as seen in 1952)... the good ol' USA prepares to kick Ruskie ass in the lead story from Atomic War! #2 (1952)
While the scripter is unknown, the art is by Ken Rice.
There's lots more future war tales in the months to come!

Until Next Week...