Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Post #104

Issue #92
February 1947
Rating: 5

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The comic book genre is the perfect medium to face-off superheros vs. mythological characters of the past. This Flash story by John Broome and Lee Elias is well conceived with plenty of action.
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As the cover advertises, ‘At Last! The Black Canary’. Presented here in its entirety.
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Hawkman and Hawkgirl battle the Ghost for the third time.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Post #99

Issue #87
Sept. 1947
Rating: 5

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Cover date stamp of July 9. The news of the day was very active.

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Everett Raymond Kinstler gets credit for the cover and art of the Hawkman in this issue.

With the new style of Flash Comics, the Hawkman and Flash stories flip their traditional order with the Hawkman in the lead-off position.
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Carmine Infantino art is in the Johnny Thunder and Ghost Patrol strips.
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 The Atom appears. Limited to 5 pages, the pacing of most Atom stories are too abrupt to really take notice.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Post #103

Issue #91
January 1948
Rating: 5

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Lee Elias had an incredible ability to make his layouts express action.

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This is the last Johnny Thunder AND Black Canary story

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Bob Oksner may deserve credit for inspiring Matt Bakers classic cover of the Phantom Lady. With a cover date of January 1948, the Hawkgirl bondage scene predates the Phantom Lady #17 by four months.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Post #102

Issue #90
December 1947
Rating: 5

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Infantino gets whopping 25 pages in this issue. He’s work can be seen in the Flash, Ghost Patrol, and Johnny Thunder stories.

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Ever wonder how fast the Flash really is?

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Joan, Ginger. Ginger, Joan. Which will it be Jay?

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Kubert gets more expressive in his layouts in the Hawkman story.

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the stories of both drawn by the GA veteran, Irv Novick.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Post #101

Issue #89
November 1947
Rating: 4

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Joe Kubert's cover and Flash story introducing the Thorn\Rose is the highlight of an otherwise ordinary issue.  photo Flash89005_zps301a7f74.jpg
Everett Raymond Kinstler returns for his second Hawkman story with a straightforward cops and robbers yarn (scripted by Broome).  photo Flash89004_zps8fb5f5a8.jpg

Infantino’s rendering of Johnny Thunder has a passing resemblance to the future Barry Allen.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Post #100

Issue #88
Oct. 1947
Rating: 5

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Joe Kubert is credited with the cover, Flash, and Hawkman strips. Carmine Infantino handles the Ghost Patrol and Johnny Thunder (Black Canary) strips. Harry Lampert (the original artist of the Flash) has two children’s humor strips. Robert Kanigher scripts are excellent on for the Flash, Hawkman, and Johnny Thunder.

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Line up is back to the traditional Flash at the beginning and Hawkman at the end.

The Flash story "The Case of the Vanished Year" is one of my all time favorites from the GA. It makes for an excellent bedtime story. Imagine waking up one year in the past and you know you are in the past and you are trying to get back to the present.

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Johnny isn’t bright enough to see what’s coming, but his Thunderbolt does . . . the Black Canary!

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The Ghost makes his debut vs. Hawkman and Hawkgirl. Joe Kubert does an excellent job getting the foggy feel with London after mid-nite.

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As a side note, All-Star Comics 37 on the newsstands at the same time features a Kanigher script with art on the Flash by Infantino, Hawkman by Kubert (his last for the title), and gag pages from Lampert.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Post #98

Issue #86
August 1947
Rating: 5
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Robert Kanigher scripts start to take flight with the Flash, Hawkman, and the introduction of the Black Canary in the Johnny Thunder strip.  photo flash10175_zps94f20159.jpg The Flash cover and story "Stone Age Menace!" is drawn by Lee Elias and inked by Kubert.

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Try as hard as he could, the Thunderbolt knows that his bolts are soon to vanish forever.
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Carmine Infantino makes his Flash Comics debut with the pen and pencils of The Ghost Patrol. His style of fluent action will become the industry standard for a whole new generation of artist to come.
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Another excellent proto-SA villain in costume yarn.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Post #97

Issue #85
July 1947
Rating: 4

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E. E. Hibbard’s splash page evolves from the last issue. The new splash is less boxy and more blown-up with joined in progress action. This new style will carry the title to its final issue.

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Joe Kubert returns with the Hawkman cover and art. With the ‘Lasso’ in the Hawkman and ‘The Impressario’ in the Flash, Robert Kanigher who wrote both stories continues to nurture his young storytelling career. His formula would be the norm for comic books for decades to come.

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Interesting to note that the Thunderbolt does not make an appearance at all in this issue and Peachy Pet would make her last. John B. Wentworth and Stan Aschmeier team up for the last time on the strip. Making way for the updated style of Robert Kanigher, Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella with the next issue introduction of the Black Canary. The magic word cei-u will soon be forever silent.