Saturday, September 28, 2019

TOM CORBETT, SPACE CADET Comic Strip - Week 14 (1951)

You'll note the "Space Dust" featurette is missing this time, due - no doubt - to the newspaper rather than strip-clipping young Larry Paschelke. In the coming weeks, sometimes it's there, and sometimes it ain't. You don't care. The dailies are the best part, anyway.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Forgotten Stories: "Robots Can't Lie" by ROBERT LESLIE BELLEM (1941)

Dan Turner in outer space? No, not really, but it makes you wonder what might have been. This is the first science fiction saga I've seen from Mr. Bellem, so I find it sorta interesting. What will Turnermaniac Art Scott think of it? Maybe he'll tell us. This one is from the July 1941 issue of Fantastic Adventures, and was scanned for comicbookplus by someone called "SLiV." 

Thursday, September 26, 2019

LENA THE HYENA - College Mascot?

You're probably familiar with the saga of Lena the Hyena - how back in 1946, Al Capp announced a contest for his readers to depict "the ugliest woman in the world," and persuaded Frank Sinatra, Salvador Dali and Boris Karloff to serve as judges. 

BUT! Did you know Lena also once pranced around on the field of a college football game? I saw her the other day in an episode of the ESPN documentary "The American Game." The segment was devoted to college mascots.

Further investigation points to the probability that this took place at the University of North Carolina during a Tar Heels football game. Wolverton had a lot of fans at the school, and they were trying to convince him to pay them a visit on Sadie hawkins Day. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

"Capt'n Courage" by RAFAEL ASTARITA (1951)

Some time back I posted a tale featuring the very cool art of Rafael Astarita (that's HERE). Here's another one, from White Princess of the Jungle #1, back in July 1951. Thanks to "movielover" for sticking it up on comicbookplus. I've a feeling we'll be seeing Mr. Astarita again. Capt'n Courage, despite the odd spelling, is no doubt one of the many illustrious ancestors of Cap'n Bob Napier.