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Archie's Mad House The Great Treasury of Christmas Comic Book Stories
Archie's Mad House The Official Fart Book
Archie's Mad House The Official Barf Book
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Archie: Seven Decades of America's Favorite Teenagers... And Beyond! Archie: Seven Decades of America's Favorite Teenagers... And Beyond!
Dick Briefer's Frankenstein Dick Briefer's Frankenstein
Barney Google: Gambling, Horse Races, and High-Toned Women Barney Google: Gambling, Horse Races, and High-Toned Women
Felix The Cat: The Great Comic Book Tails Felix The Cat: The Great Comic Book Tails
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Dan DeCarlo's Jetta Dan DeCarlo's Jetta
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The Complete Milt Gross Comic Books and Life Story The Complete Milt Gross Comic Books and Life Story
"Wonderful!"
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"Stunningly beautiful!"
- The Forward
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The Art of Ditko
The Art of Ditko
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The Greatest Anti-War Cartoons
The Great Anti-War Cartoons
Introduction by Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus
"Pencils for Peace!"
-The Washington Post
Boody: The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers
Boody: The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers
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Get these books by
Craig Yoe:
Archie's Mad House Krazy Kat & The Art of George Herriman: A Celebration
Archie's Mad House The Carl Barks Big Book of Barney Bear
Archie's Mad House Amazing 3-D Comics
Archie's Mad House Archie's Mad House
Archie's Mad House The Great Treasury of Christmas Comic Book Stories
Archie's Mad House The Official Fart Book
Archie's Mad House The Official Barf Book
Popeye: The Great Comic Book Tales of Bud Sagendorf Popeye: The Great Comic Book Tales of Bud Sagendorf
Archie: Seven Decades of America's Favorite Teenagers... And Beyond! Archie: Seven Decades of America's Favorite Teenagers... And Beyond!
Dick Briefer's Frankenstein Dick Briefer's Frankenstein
Barney Google: Gambling, Horse Races, and High-Toned Women Barney Google: Gambling, Horse Races, and High-Toned Women
Felix The Cat: The Great Comic Book Tails Felix The Cat: The Great Comic Book Tails
Klassic Krazy Kool Kids Komics The Golden Collection of Klassic Krazy Kool KIDS KOMICS"
"Another amazing book from Craig Yoe!"
-Jerry Beck
CartoonBrew.com
Dan DeCarlo's Jetta Dan DeCarlo's Jetta
"A long-forgotten comic book gem."
-Mark Frauenfelder
BoingBoing.net
The Complete Milt Gross Comic Books and Life Story The Complete Milt Gross Comic Books and Life Story
"Wonderful!"
-Playboy magazine
"Stunningly beautiful!"
- The Forward
"An absolute must-have."
-Jerry Beck
CartoonBrew.com
The Art of Ditko
The Art of Ditko
"Craig's book revealed to me a genius I had ignored my entire life."
-Mark Frauenfelder
BoingBoing.net
The Greatest Anti-War Cartoons
The Great Anti-War Cartoons
Introduction by Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus
"Pencils for Peace!"
-The Washington Post
Boody: The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers
Boody: The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers
"Crazy, fun, absurd!"
-Mark Frauenfelder
BoingBoing.net
More books by Craig Yoe

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Monday, April 14, 2014

COMIC BOOK COMPULSIVE — Fight Comics #16

In one of my earliest Comic Book Compulsives I confessed that in spite of their high quality I was never all that big a fan of the output of Fiction House.  But I also admitted to a strange and abiding fondness for one of their rare attempts at superheroes, even if he was admittedly a desperately cynical collision between Superman and Captain America.  I’m speaking of course of Super-American  who appeared in Fight Comics #15-18, an unnamed average solider  from a future where everyone has superpowers that was brought back in time by scientist Allan Bruce to fight the Axis powers.

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Also in this issue another short-lived Fiction House superhero, Captain Fight who appeared in Fight Comics #16-19.  A lot of Golden Age superheroes fought evil dressed for track but Captain Fight did them one better; he did it wearing cleats.

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Steve Bennett
Steveland

Monday, April 7, 2014

COMIC BOOK COMPULSIVE — Captain Action #5

In 1968 DC Comics published five issues of Captain Action, based of course on the classic action figure who thanks to masks and outfits sold separately could become any number of other licensed superheroes including, inexplicably, Steve Canyon (I can see Buck Rogers and maybe even Sgt. Fury but ,seriously, Steve Canyon?).    I had of course had a Captain Action so I had to have the comics, which of course due to copyright issues had absolutely nothing to do with that Captain Action.  This one was a standard issue standup archeologist Clive Arno who discovered a trove of “coins of power” which contained (or at least emulated) the powers of the Greek, Roman and Norse gods.  Being the 1960′s Clive automatically decides to use his powers to fight evil  and in the first two issues the guy was basically all powerfull but the story limitations of that obviously occurred to those involved and most of the coins were destroyed in a fire.  The surviving few provided Clive with standard issue super powers and made his son Carl, a.k.a. Action Boy, a standard speedster.  

The first two issues were kind of ‘eh’ but the series got stranger and stranger as it went along.  l could just have easily posted #4 which features the secret origin of Dr. Evil (who is in this iterition is his father-in-law, which is frankly kind of a genius way to add a little extra added soap opera to the superhero/villain conflict) and is even decades later both exceedingly odd and trippy.  But upon reflection I had to go with #5.   As far as I can tell this is the first time Gil Kane deals with the menace of American fascism but it won’t be the last, and as far as I’m concerned, this is where he did best.  For whatever reason this is a story that has stuck with me over the decades; let’s see if you feel the same.

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Steve Bennett
Steveland

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

COMIC BOOK COMPULSIVE — Buster 10-30-1965

I know I’ve covered the British boys weekly Buster before, but this special 40 page issue is really too good to pass up for me not to post.  Along with the spectacularly nonthreatening “Super Guy Fawkes” mask in American comic terms it was a “good jumping on point” as it introduces a lot of different new features,

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Like there’s the initial appearance of Back-Tracker Jack, a feature I’ve wanted to read ever since I saw an ad for it in another comic.  From the first panel I think I could be forgiven my assumption that Jack went time traveling into the past thanks to the offices of his magic camera.  This is not the case.  Jack is the assistant of your standard super scientist and that box wasn’t a camera but rather a device which could temporarily dredge up people from the past using hysterically incomprehensible gibberish.  Having read the first installment I can imagine how the hell they made a series out of this slender premise, which is why I hope I’ll be able to read  more.

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Here’s a novelty; I’d assumed that by 1965 that the British boys weeklies would have retired the illustrated prose story, a holdover from the days when the weeklies were equal parts comic and pulp magazine, but here it is, usually they ran one or two pages, I’ve never seen one that went on for three.  Maybe it was a reprint, a last minute filler they stuck in when another feature fell through?  No clue.

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Plus there’s the always reliable ghost breaker Maxwell Hawke

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Here’s something that came as a bit of a surprise, an English translation of Les tours de cristal (The Crystal Towers) a Bob Morane adventure written by Henri Vernes and drawn by Dino Attanasio.  It came as a bit of a surprise because while I’d seen some translated European material in British comics they had previously always been humor features — I had just assumed that they never brought over any adventure strips.  For the record Bob was a pilot turned all around adventurer who first appeared in a series of novels but who made his way to comics and animation; there’s a cool looking 1998 series that’s readily available on the web, but unfortunately not in Engish.  Yet anyway.  I’m current watching animated versions of Spirou on Netflix and Valarian on Hulu Plus so nothing’s impossible I have found — which frankly is starting to freak the hell out of me.

 

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And here’s the “origin” of Thunderbolt the Avenger, a DYI looking superhero with actual super powers.

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And here’s the first installment of the serial Toys of Doom, a prime example of the genre I have “humorously” dubbed “Doctor Doom Vs. Billy”, where a couple of British school boys fight a proper supervillain.

 

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And, finally, here’s the announcement of a Dalek kite giveaway in the next issue followed by a rare appearance by Smiler, a not half bad kids strip I know from it’s 1950′s run in Knockout.  I imagine this a reprint included for it’s fireworks theme.

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Steve Bennett
Steveland

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Women’s Work & Wages: Cartoons Magazine Centennial 1913

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

COMIC BOOK COMPULSIVE — Crimson Comet #10

Here’s another Australian comic book superhero from the 1950′s, The Crimson Comet by the great John Dixon.  Though Dixon did superheroes, like the Australian version of Catman, clearly he was more interested in plainclothes adventurers like the aviator Tim Valour (which, thanks to the extra added ‘u’ in his name I keep mentally calling Tim Velour, but I’m profoundly damaged).

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I say it’s “obvious” because this story works a lot better when it focuses on private eye Ralph Rivers than when it finally shifts to The Crimson Comet, who appears to be a slightly altered version of Timely’s The Red Raven.

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Steve Bennett
Steveland

Friday, March 21, 2014

American Fashion Police 1913

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Continuing our Women’s History Month coverage, today we have a several pages from a variety of year 1913 issues of Cartoons Magazine, of male cartoonists’ commentary on women’s fashions. And in particular, on prudish by even 1913 standards, attempts by male politicians to regulate what women could wear, for the reason that “scandalous” dress by women could lead to the corruption of men’s morals. (Sounds pretty similar to Taliban reasoning, though not dealt with nearly as harshly.)

Click on the above & below pages, to make the cartoons & text large enough to read.

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Doug Wheeler

Women’s History Cartoons Magazine Centennial

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

COMIC BOOK COMPULSIVE — Atari Force #1

I was never what you would call a “game guy”, especially during the very early days of video games; at that point I still didn’t have reliable access to cable TV.  So I can’t really explain why of my favorite 80′s comics was DC’s Atari Force.   I cannot, do not and will not argue for a single moment that it was one of the best comics of the 80′s but for reasons vague and mysterious I continue to have a warm spot in my heart for this fairly conventional space opera with superhero overtones.  I don’t make fun of people who are nostalgic about Micronauts and Rom Space Knight so I hope you will all do me the same courtesy.

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Writer Gerry Conway (and later Mike Baron) did his best with by the numbers premise which went a little something like this; ragtag band of misfit outsiders protect an uncaring future Earth from their own personal “big bad”, a masked cosmic/supervillain sporting a cape.  This one is called Dark Destroyer but the only way to really distinguish him from the others is his color scheme; for some reason this avoided the traditional basic black ensemble.

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Our main hero was your basic angry young man with dimension hopping powers who was so 80′s he had a Rambo/Staying Alive/ Megaforce  headband to keep his unruly mullet in place.  Apparently Christopher Champion hasn’t heroic enough of a name for this guy so he was also called, for absolutely no reason, Tempest.  

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Much more of interest to adolescent me was Dart, an Irish/Indian mercenary telepath even if she was colored the same dull gun metal gray skin tone that most Middle Easterners got saddled with at DC Comics until at least the early 2000′s.  

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The rest of the team was made up of a bunch of alien looking (at least for the 80′s) aliens (Morphea, Babe and Pakrat) who were interesting if only because they seemed to have absolutely no business being on a ragtag band of misfit outsiders.  Because while each of them had an alien “power” of some sort none of them was of much use in a fight.  But to be absolutely honest I admit I stuck around through the series 20 issue run primarily because of the great artwork by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez.  This was the first time Garzia had a title of his own, and as you can see for yourself, he produced some beautiful work for the series.

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For the record Atari Force was connected to a series of licensed comics DC did for Atari that featured a much less interesting ragtag band — they were essentially the sort of nice, but dull space heroes DC specialized in during the 1950′s, except with much tighter outfits.

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I’d explain further but the text page from Atari Force #1 does the heavy lifting for me.

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Steve Bennett
Steveland

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Women’s Suffrage: Cartoons Magazine Centennial August-Sept 1913

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For Women’s History Month, we have two Cartoons Magazine articles on the Woman’s Suffrage Movement, one each from August 1913 and September 1913.

Click on the above & below pages, to make the cartoons & article large enough to read.

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Doug Wheeler

Women’s History

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

“Votes for the Women”: T.E.Powers’ 1912 “Joys & Glooms”

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Women’s History Month continues with the above sequence found in artist T.E. Powers‘ 1912 collection of his continuing comic strip, Joys & Glooms. As evidenced by “Votes for the Women”, Powers was anti-Women’s Suffrage, his comedy touching upon several of the most popular fears & stereotypes of what would happen to men, should women gain the vote.

Click on the above comic strip to view it in large enough detail to read it.

NOTE: read first the top tier of panels across both pages, then the bottom tier.

Doug Wheeler

Women’s History

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Police Women: Cartoons Magazine Centennial September 1913

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For Women’s History Month, we present an article on Police Women, found in the September 1913 issue of Cartoons Magazine.

Click on the above & below pages, to make the cartoons & article large enough to read.

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Doug Wheeler

Women’s History

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