Saturday, March 23, 2019

JACK KIRBY Meets "The Count of Monte Cristo" (1938)

Back in 1938, Jacob Kurtzburg (who had yet to assume the name Jack Kirby) worked for the Eisner and Iger studio, and drew the first eight weeks of this comic feature for the British publication Wags. Near as I can discover, Wags was a tabloid, and one page appeared each week in March, April and May of that year. Eisner & co. then sold the strip to Fiction House for Jumbo Comics, where it appeared in issues 1 and 2, Sept. and Oct. 1938. That's where I found these, on Those first issues of Jumbo, by the by, also contained work by Eisner and a dude named Bob Kane.

Though Kirby had done a little miscellaneous comic strip work earlier, Jumbo #1 is considered his first appearance in a comic book. That same issue featured two other strips attributed to him under different names, with slightly different styles. One was a mystery and the other a western. You'll likely see those here as the Almanack rambles on. 

After the first eight weeks, Monte Cristo fell into the hands of Lou Fine, who also did a swell job. You'll see some of that here, too, if I live long enough.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

A Portland Rogues Gallery

Monte Wolverton

A bunch of us Oregonians get together for lunch every month or two at Szechuan Kitchen to discuss books, films, comics, comix, assorted collectibles and world domination. Last month, we had a small but disguished group, and Mr. Bob Stuart brought his big honkin' camera. Who knew Bob was so artistic? If he finds himself some better subject matter, the guy could be a star!

Larry Paschelke

Patrick Rosenkranz

Carl Richter

Carl with David Laurence Wilson and Tim Goodyear

Larry and Yours Truly. I'm pretty sure we were talking about Space Patrol

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Real Life story of GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER (1942)

Today we pay homage to "America's Most Colorful Cavalry Leader," also known as Yellow Hair, Fanny, Autie, Iron Butt and Son of the Morning Star. This tale, from the May 1942 issue of Real Life Comics (scanned for by "Yoc") is dedicated to Cap'n Bob Napier, illustrious grandson of one of GAC's by-blows. Who drew it? I don't know. Cautionary note: Anyone perusing this post from Stayton, OR is advised to close his eyes.