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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

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

Archive for May, 2011

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: The Archies Hit Again

As your loyal music researcher, my job has never been easier than when I’m writing about Archie. Unlike Popeye, Charlie Brown or Aquaman, Archie himself was an actual rock star and hit-maker as leader of The Archies. That makes finding a song to share on Tuesdays a breeze! I’m just going to put my feet up and take the rest of the day off.

As is our custom, we’re celebrating the release of  ”Archie: A Celebration of America’s Favorite Teenagers” which is good reason to celebrate! Get it now from Amazon.

This week, The Archies score another hit with Bang Shang A Lang. Enjoy!

Click the link below to listen.

The Archies – Bang Shang A Lang

David B
DJ David B.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mimicking Lunks # 429

Okay, now here’s a clever idea–an Americana-themed blog “hosted” by Captain America…updated weekly and just in time to take advantage of the Captain America movie.

http://captainamericasamericana.blogspot.com/

Here we have some black and white Powerhouse Pepper strips from Basil Wolverton that look like they may be scanned from the much, much later cheesy Humorama mags.

http://comicrazys.com/2011/05/30/powerhouse-pepper-fewer-chewers-fightin-for-a-fortune-basil-wolverton/

National’s Doctor Thirteen, the Ghost Breaker character has always intrigued me and here’s one of his fifties strips for you to try with art by Leonard Starr.

http://thehorrorsofitall.blogspot.com/2011/05/suicide-tower.html

Finally today, here’s a close-up look at a gun control themed issue of the legendary comics misfire, Prez by Joe Simon and Jerry Grandenetti.

http://www.thefifthbranch.com/gorilladaze/?p=1678

Steven Thompson
booksteve

Monday, May 30, 2011

COMIC BOOK COMPULSIVE — USA Is Ready

USA is ready is definitely one of the more unusual comic books published during the Golden Age of Comics.  Even before the end of the war there were comics that purported to contain non-fiction materials, usually biographies of famous people and true crime stories.  But as far as I can tell the earliest example of a comic book that was entirely non-fiction was this one-shot from Dell.  Here’s an ad for it from Crackajack Comics.

Published in 1941 before the start of WWII it was a reflection of the times.  Although there were still plenty of isolationists trying to keep America out of World War II there was a growing acknowledgement that America’s participation in it was probably inevitable.

Cover of

Cover via Amazon

We tend to forget there was a peacetime draft in 1941 which is we have such film comedies as Bob Hopes’ Caught In The Draft which was released on July 4th…

Buck Privates

Image via Wikipedia

…and Abbott & Costello’s Buck Privates (released in January but made before Pearl Harbor).

USA is ready doesn’t contain stories but rather a collection of images of military insignia’s and weapons from all branches of the armed services. It seems to have been designed to demonstrate the country’s war readiness to an audience made up primarily of kids who even prior to our entry into the war really seemed to be into military stuff.

It features one of the most attractive covers of the Golden Age and one of my personal favorites for the simplicity of it’s design (it first caught my eye when I saw it in The Steranko History of Comics decades ago).  This portion about the Army titled “Blitzkrieg the American Way” was penciled and inked by J. P. Ronan.

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Steve Bennett
Steveland

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorializing Links # 428

Here we have the great caricaturist Jack Davis doing educational art on a 1965 children’s book entitled Meet the Indians.

http://hairygreeneyeball3.blogspot.com/2011/05/jack-davis-meets-north-american-indians.html

The legendary Sparkle Plenty made her debut in Dick Tracy 64 years ago and here’s a Harvey one-shot spotlighting the little marketer’s dream girl.

http://pappysgoldenage.blogspot.com/2011/05/number-956-blackmail-terror-its-clever.html

Here’s a very young John Romita in some of his earliest Marvel–or rather Atlas–work from a fifties war comic.

http://fourcolorshadows.blogspot.com/2011/05/okinawa-john-romita-1954.html

Finally on this Memorial Day, here are some closeup faces of war on comic book covers.

http://ripjaggerdojo.blogspot.com/2011/05/fightin-faces-of-war.html

Steven Thompson
booksteve

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Missing Links # 427

Cartoonist, tireless literacy volunteer, “Godfather of the Graphic Novel” and friend of Yoe Books and I.T.C.H. , Phil Yeh, has had a small stroke. Good thoughts and best wishes can be sent through Facebook or via Phil’s site listed below. Get some rest and get well, soon, sir!

http://www.hollywoodcomics.com/yeh.html

Steven Thompson
booksteve

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Madge and Luke # 426

Here’s Bob Bolling’s great Little Archie. Have we mentioned Craig has an Archie book out…or that it has a great section on Bob Bolling? And that you can order it here on this page?

http://www.bigblogcomics.com/2011/05/little-archie-in-harder-they-fool.html

Here’s newspaper strip hero Brick Bradford (with his Time Top) in an Australian reprint, created by Paul Norris who also was the original artist on Aquaman.

http://hairygreeneyeball3.blogspot.com/2011/05/brick-bradford-down-under.html

Here’s a nice, long interview–one of a couple on this site recently—with my friend artist Alan Kupperberg, this one detailing his days with Marvel in the seventies.

http://ohdannyboy.blogspot.com/2007/05/alan-kupperberg-looks-back-avengers.html

Finally today, here’s a colorful look at the great Jim Steranko’s various takes over the years on the immortal Sherlock Holmes.

http://ripjaggerdojo.blogspot.com/2011/05/sterankos-sherlock_26.html

Steven Thompson
booksteve

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Markin’ Likes # 425

Here is the entire second half (the good part) of the now semi-classic first meeting of Batman and one of the Dark Knight’s biggest inspirations, The Shadow.

http://heroheroinehistory.blogspot.com/2011/05/reading-room-batman-shadow-who-knows_25.html?

Here’s some cool and rare early Charlton original art covers–as well as their printed counterparts–from the one and only Steve Ditko.

http://fantasy-ink.blogspot.com/2011/05/steve-ditko-out-of-this-world.html

One can always count on the Fabuleous Fifties for some little seen goodness such as yesterday’s post of a Mel Casson comic strip that’s little remembered.

http://allthingsger.blogspot.com/2011/05/bumper-crop-tuesday-comic-strip-day.html

Finally today, here’s a look at some little known late period Jack Abel romance work over at Sequential Crush.

http://sequentialcrush.blogspot.com/2011/05/romance-comic-book-rarity-love-wears-no.html

Steven Thompson
booksteve

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: Popeye’s Home on the Range

Popeye is in the spotlight this Tuesday. (Popeye and Archie are taking turns.)

 

As usual, this new piece of Popeye music is to celebrate the release of “Popeye: The Great Comic Book Tales of Bud Sagendorf” by our gracious hosts at Yoe Books. (Available now on Amazon).

Ready for another hit by Popeye? Click the link to listen.

Home on the Range

David B
DJ David B.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Margie Linz # 424

Remember Marvel Value Stamps, those annoying little things you clipped out of your seventies comic books, thus effectively destroying their value? Somebody does.

http://www.mvstamps.com/

Did you know if you contribute to the final stages of the upcoming documentary on the late Jeffrey Catherine Jones, you get a free art print? Go here.

http://www.glimmergraphicsprints.com/

Catfights, headlights, women with whips, hot monkey love—welcome to Starr Flagg, Undercover Girl, Doctor Wertham’s worst nightmare.

http://fourcolorshadows.blogspot.com/2011/05/starr-flagg-undercover-girl-ogden.html

Finally today, Jim Shooter of all people with a lovely piece on the panel to panel storytelling skills of Jack Kirby.

http://www.jimshooter.com/2011/05/storytelling-lecture-strange-tales-part_16.html

Steven Thompson
booksteve

Monday, May 23, 2011

COMIC BOOK COMPULSIVE — Spotlight Comics #1

I’ll happily admit the only reason I’m writing about Spotlight Comics #1 is because it’s cover, drawn by a young George Tuska who even signed his work, is one of my favorites.  A lot of Golden Age comic book covers are unnecessarily busy but this one is simple, elegant and effective.  It gets the job done — it made me want to read the comic.

It’s certainly a lot better than than the covers of the next two issues drawn by Paul Gattuso.

But of course, as is so often the case with Golden Age comics once you get past the cover disappointment sets in. Spotlight Comics ran three issues and is the very model of a mediocre, generic comic from Dynamic Publications a.k.a. Harry “A” Chesler.  It featured some of Chesler’s ‘C’ list costumed characters who had a tendency to migrate from title to title.

Like The Black Dwarf, a.k.a. Shorty Wilson, an undersized football player who for no good reason decided to fight crime dressed like a road company version of The Shadow.  He somehow managed to maintain a secret identity without making any attempt to disguise himself and most likely wasn’t even a legitimate little person.  As others have noted the character’s size tends to change through out his stories but whether it was a matter of the artist just forgetting what height he was supposed to be or a matter of poor perspective at work I couldn’t tell you.

The Shadow

Image via Wikipedia

“Globe” Trotter is a perfectly ordinary big white hunter strip, though one with perhaps the worst nickname in Golden Age comic book history. “Globe” is so awful and unlikely it really should be the nickname for the guy’s fat sidekick.  If he had one.

Appearances aside Barry Kuda was more of an underwater two-fisted adventurer  type than an actual water themed superhero, though one who could breathe underwater.

And finally there was The Veiled Avenger, a pretty standard non-powered female crime fighter, though you don’t often see one of those wielding a whip as a weapon.

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Steve Bennett
Steveland

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