Saturday, October 19, 2019


Thus ends the first comic strip story of Tom and his pals, and there's peace in the solar system. Ain't that swell? Next week back in 1952, the cadets were off on another adventure. Next week here in 2019, we'll be looking at something different. Will Tom be back? There's every chance in the universe. Thanks one more time to strip-clipping Larry Paschelke!

Friday, October 18, 2019


While googling around in search of the Nero Wolfe comic strip that ran in newspapers in 1956 and 57 (watch for it soon!), I came across this press release touting "The Stevenson-Kefauver Bandwagon." It appeared in the Oct. 11, 1956 issue of the Arizona Sun

I sent the clipping to Mr. Knows-all Sees-all Art Scott, asking what it was all about, and he responded by sending me the Bandwagon story itself. So here it is.

What does it all mean? Beats me, especially since Stassen was still alive, and kept on trying (and failing magnificently) to snag the Republican nomination until 1992 and beyond. He died in 2001.

The tale was obviously intended to amuse Stevenson supporters, and the culprit Wolfe alludes to seems pretty clear, but the motive eludes me. Was Stassen simply a pain the asses of Republicans and Democrats alike?

Maybe Art Scott says it best: "At least we now have a Wolfe story worse than Please Pass the Guilt."

Thursday, October 17, 2019

SURE AS SHOOTIN' (1949ish)

Sorry gang! I know you don't tune in to a lamebrained blog like this to actually learn stuff, but sometimes this weird mood comes upon me and I can't resist slapping up a factoid or two. I'll have something more frivolous tomorrow, I promise! These mini history lessons appeared in issues of Black Diamond Western circa 1949.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

STEVE DITKO Meets ROBIN HOOD in "Lure of the Maiden" (1958)

Mr. Ditko does a nice job in this shorty from Robin Hood & His Merry Men #38, dated August 1958. Thanx to Aussie500 for sticking it up on comicbookplus.