Sunday, December 28, 2014

Post #82

Issue #70
April 1946
Rating: 4
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By the start of 1946, DC’s titles where still in post war transition. The editors have recognized that the youthful readers were tiring of the gangster genre. The cover of Superman #39 shows Superman hiding behind a radio announcing the ‘Advertures of Superman’ to attentive youngsters. Action Comics features the Prankster. More Fun Comics becomes all humor by this issue. Superboy has moved from More Fun Comics in the previous issue to have his first cover appearance on Adventure Comics #103 (concurrent with Flash Comics #70). All American Comics was still superhero heavy. Hop Harrington humorist adventures has moved to it. Jack Kirby’s Boy Commandos had a balance mix of humor between the war\adventure strips. The Flash co-creator, Harry Lampert’s Ton O’Fun appears in Sensation Comics.

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In this issue of Flash Comics, Mutt & Jeff gets four pages. There is also gags page from Ed Wheelan. The Flash, Johnny Thunder, and Ghost Patrol stories are humor based.  photo flash70003_zpsf357a1f7.jpg  photo flash70005_zps8aa397ed.jpg
Joe Kubert draws the Hawkgirl for the first time in this issue. 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Post #81

Issue #69
Feb.-Mar. 1946
Rating: 5
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These post war issues are consistent with the DC line of titles in padding a lot of humor in the stories. Harry Lampert and Ed Wheelan have a couple gag pages printed. Ghost Patrol is back after a three issue absences; Hop Harrington is gone.
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Joe Kubert’s Hawkman story keeps faithful to the detective crime genre. The Hawkman’s identity is revealed, by Sherlock Holmes! Before he agrees to come out of retirement to help Hawkman on an arson case
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Post #80

Issue #68
Dec. - Jan. 1945
Rating: 5
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Unlike the previous two issues, this one gets a 5 rating. My rating system is weighted, 2 for Flash, 2 for the Hawkman, 1 for the backup stories.

According to, Jon L. Blummer was the cover artist for Sensation Comics #1(excluding wonder woman image) and All Star Comics #1. The third story of the Hop Harrington strip to be printed in Flash Comics is the best.
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Like Jay Garrick, we learn what Carter Hall was doing during the war. He was working in a ballistics lab.

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I also like the ‘Picture Story from American History, The Story of the Constitution’

This issue is the first with the DC logo. Inside cover has an in house ad for all the DC titles due out from October 17th – November 2nd 1945.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Post #79

Issue #67
Oct.-Nov. 1945
Rating: 4
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I’m reprinting the Flash story in its entirety. It is a good sample of the quality of work Gardner Fox was producing for the series. It uses the ‘weird science meets gangsters’ formula that he was a master at writing.

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The Hawkman story and art was also remarkable for this issue.
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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Post #78

Issue #66
Aug.-Sept. 1945
Rating: 4
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No Ghost Patrol. Hop Harrigan takes their spot along with three gag strips. The editors must have realized by this time that the cops and robbers genre was running out of gas. The covers start to reflect more humor, along with the strips that occupy the pages.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Post #77

Issue #65
June 1944
Rating: 4
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Gardner Fox starts to experiment more with the weird science meets gangster themes for the Flash stories.  photo flash65003.jpg
The Hawman story demonstrates how Joe Kubert was being more creative from the straight gangland capers.

I’ve reprinted the Hawman vs. Simple Simon story here. Reading the start of the story of how Simple Simon escaped from prison reminded me of a similar escape achieved twenty years later by I. Q. Quimbly in Hawkman #7.

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