Discussion in 'Archive: The Amphitheatre' started by Nevermind, Dec 13, 2010.
That's quite a cover...
That's what I was going to say. Man.
Blonde haired wife, husband with an axe... d'you suppose it's a prequel to the infamous Crime SuspenStories cover I posted earlier?
I though it might, too; but it doesn't quite match up.
232. Superman #88
Writer: William Woolfolk
Artists: Wayne Boring, Stan Kaye
DC (March 1954)
"Luthor teams up with the Prankster and the Royman in "The Terrible Trio." Did he lose a bet? Also in this issue, Clark Kent works in construction and as a truck driver for a Daily Planet story on "The Toughest Job in the World."
233. "Crime SuspenStories" #22
Writer: Al Feldstein
Artists: Reed Crandall, Bernard Krigstein
E.C. (April-May, 1954)
"Publisher Bill Gaines defended this cover's taste before Congress, noting that it didn't show dripping blood from the severed head. However, before being cropped--with new art added to the top--the original art showed just that."
We saw this upthread as the cause of the Comics Code.
234. "Queen of the West: Dale Evans" #3
Dell (April-June, 1954)
"After two years of DC's "Dale Evans Comics", Del licensed the rights to publish new adventures of The Queen of the West. Artists on the series included Alex Toth, Russ Manning, and Warren Tufts, and the last issue was published in 1959."
235. "The New Two-Fisted Tales" #37
Writer: Colin Dawkins
Artists: John Severin
Dell (April, 1954)
"With "Frontline Combat", E.C.'s other war series, canceled, "Two-Fisted" switched to genral adventure tales, got a new editor (Severin), and added such recurring characters as Black Jack Slaughter, Cheyenne Hawk, and Ruby Ed Coffee."
236. "Black Magic Vol. 4" #6
Artists: Jack Kirby, Bruno Premiani
Prize (May-June, 1954)
"Joe Simon and Jack Kirby never went in for blood and gore their 'horror' comics but they knew how to bring the cary to the party. In "Head of the Family", a woman in love discovers her future in-laws are unlike any family she's ever seen."
Having read a generously disproportionate amount of Kirby in my lifetime, I'd say his horror stuff didn't really knock it out of the part until The Demon.
Not coincidentally, he had full creative control on that book.
I love that the list goes from the cover with the ax and the severed head to an issue of Dale Evans.
Two Dale Evans issues seems like one (or two) too many
237. "Casper, the Friendly Ghost" #20
Harvey (May 1954)
"This issue introduced Wendy the Good Little Witch as a friend for Casper and a back-up strip. Wendy could relate to Casper; he lived the Ghostly Trio and she with her traditionally witchy aunts. She received her own title in 1960."
238. "Ghost Comics" #11
Artists: George Evans, Jerry Grandenetti
Fiction House (Summer 1954)
"This horror anthology mixed new materical with reprints of various series from earlier Fiction House titles such as "Werewolf Hunter" and "the Secret Files of Dr. Drew" from the 1940s Rangers Comics. This was the final issue of the title."
239. "Batman" #84
Writers: David Vern
Artists: Sheldon Moldoff, Stan Kaye
DC (June 1954)
"Catwoman entries a beauty contest, succumbs with others to a strange sleeping sickness, wakes up, wins the prize, and it's all part of a diamond-smuggling scheme. Does crime really have to be *this* complicated?"
It's a David Vern Reed Batman story. The answer is yes.
Every time I come to this thread, I leave with the same thought -- this list could easily have been whittled down to "11 Comic Books You Must Read"
Well, maybe 111...
I'd like to see some more rationale for this story being on the list. I've read this one and it's pretty standard. Nothing special, really.
240. "Mad" #12
Writer: Harvey Kurtzman
Artists: Will Elder, Wally Wood
E.C. (June 1954)
"My favorite issue, thanks in no small part to "Starchie", Kurtzman's delightfully vicious parody of "Archie". The satirical master also sliced and diced the movie "From Here to Eternity", the comic strip "Mark Trail" and 3-D comics."
I like that "Humor in a Jugular Vein" bit...
241. "The Marvel Family" #89
Artist: Kurt Schaffenberger
Fawcett (June 1954)
"This cover is particularly apt. Captain Marvel, the only competitor to give Superman a run for his money, reaches the end of his Golden Age adventures. He and his family would not be seen again until DC published "Shazam #1" in 1973."
So basically it's Whatever Happened to Captain Marvel?
That's a pretty good cover.
242. "Teen-Age Temptations" #8
Writer: Dana Dutch
Artist: Matt Baker
St. John (June, 1954)
"In the shocking 'Masquerade Marriage,' predators trick two women into sex via a faux minister and sham marriages. The sex happens between scenes, but it clearly does happen. It still packs a whallop 55 years later."
Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge #6
Writer: Carl Barks
Artist: Carl Barks
Dell (June-August 1954)
"When Scrooge suffers a money-related nervous breakdown, Donald and the boys take him to Tralla La, a valley in the Himalayas with no monetary system--until Scrooge inadvertly creates one. A classic tale of avarice and humanity."
Great cover, with Scrooge (literally) engaged in money laundering...
244. "Strange Suspense Stories" #19
Artists: Joe Shuster, Steve Ditko
(Charlton July 1954)
"Charlton was the king of low-budget comices, but it did publish a good many issues and gave work to many down-on-their-luck artists. Ditko excelled there--check out this cover--and Superman co-creator Shuster drew his final stories for the title."