From Victor Fox,the man who gave us such oversized, square bound Golden Age comics books such as All Good Comics and All Your Comics.…we have the Book of All-Comics. Which sounds incredibly awesome, right? Like it’s some kind of…I don’t know, ur comic, a mystic tome that will bestow upon it’s reader all manner of…stuff. But while it does offer 194 pages and 36 complete features, there’s unfortunately not a genuinely good story to be found in it. Which isn’t to say Book of All-Comics isn’t interesting; it’s a remarkable collection of utter, abject failures, to such a degree I’m devoting this entire Thanksgiving week to these spectacular turkey’s…
First up is the incredibly odd The Bouncer possibly written by Bob Kanigher and drawn by Louis Ferstadt, or so the Grand Comic Book Database suggests. OK, see if you can follow this; Adam Anteas Jr., descendant of the mythological Antaeus (“the son of the earth” who got his strength from contact with the earth), creates a statue of Anteas which springs to life when danger is near. Adam Anteas is an unlikely protagonist for the time, seeing as how he’s not what the 1940′s would consider a two-fisted he-man, let alone an ‘average’ joe or regular fellow, Seeing as how he dresses like a lazy cartoonist’s of the period’s idea of how a stereotypical artist dresses (smock, beret, the inexplicably large bow, etc.). And don’t even get me started on the statue wearing a skirt. In this “adventure” he faces The Bang, not so much a super villain as a gangster who liked smacking people around.
And from our earlier reading we already know The Puppeteer, a.k.a. Captain V. In this outing we actually get to see his partner, the talking bald eagle Raven, who is one stone cold trip. It’s drawn by Louis Ferstadt.
And finally, for today, is an adventure of One Round Hogan. It’s your standard issue Joe Palooka prize fighter type strip and I have no idea who drew this but I do kind of like his style. Plus you’ve got to admire the elevation on Hogan’s pompadour. .
— Steve Bennett