Here's something to fill the time while I wait for my guest, comic book psycho-analyst Dr. Wertham P. Fredrics, to wake from his nap. Apparently he had a busy day and needed to lie down for a while (he did kind of smell like he fell in a vat of Kahlua). So, I went down to the basement to get away from his snoring, and found one comic book that reminded me of another comic...so here they both are! In researching background on one of the artists I learned something that I will share with you later. But for now, check out these cool comic stories!
The first one is a brain-busting sci-fi tale from Bob Powell. The GCD gives him writing credit on this one, too, and it's a DOOZY! It's from the final issue of Harvey's TOMB OF TERROR # 16, 1954.
This second story reminded me of the previous one, for reasons soon to be obvious.I'd like you to meet 'Intellectual Amos', the creation of artist Andre LeBlanc. LeBlanc started in comics in the 40's working in Eisner's studio, and later in his career during the 60's and 70's he did work mostly for Gold Key. A bit more on him later. This story comes from 1945's NATIONAL COMICS # 50 by Quality Comics.
"INTELLECTUAL AMOS meets the Mosquito Menace! "
Did anyone else feel a little Windsor McCay type of "Little Nemo"-ish moment or two in there? Well, I did, anyway. I liked it so much I went and dug up his very first appearance in NATIONAL COMICS # 46, 1954. As Stan Lee might have put it, "The Spectacular Senses-Shattering Heart-Pounding Origin Issue!!" is coming at ya!
Here again is the odd, quirky, and in most ways charming 'Intellectual Amos' in
"The Lisping Hob-Goblin and the Ghost That Failed!"
While researching Andre LeBlanc I discovered that I was very familiar with his work already, but I just hadn't realized it. LeBlanc, who had by now traded the whimsical style for more realistic depictions, was the illustrator for "The Picture Bible", originally done in the 70's, I believe (at least the ones with his artwork). I have a 6 volume black and white paperback boxed set that I have looked at so many times I can't even recall. It is not a word-for-word depiction, but the writer and he portray many key Biblical scenes wonderfully. I can't find my set right now, so I can't show you his lovely artwork in detail., but here are a couple of pics from the web.
Whoops!Sounds like my new friend Dr. Wertham Fredrics is waking up! I'll take him over to Denny's for some bad eggs, and coffee, and we'll continue psycho-analyzing comic book covers with 'hidden sexual' messages - see you then!