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And now, something absolutely terrifying.

§ February 24th, 2011 § Filed under golden age § 11 Comments

Was just doing a little sightseeing over at the Grand Comics Database and just happened to see Startling Terror #11 (July 1952), with this cover by L.B. Cole:

The Ghost Spider of Death? Great googly-moogly.

The text is a bit hard to read in that scan, but I found a picture of a slabbed-and-graded copy that had a better view of that blurb, and have transcribed it here:

“Have you ever wondered why wickedness and evil remain in the world? How is it that some things can be explained, while others cannot? Are you sure you can walk without turning to see if you’re being followed? If you can sleep without fearing the unknown…then read this story for it may be the answer. Story? There are many who claim to have seen…and been bitten by…THE GHOST SPIDER OF DEATH!!”

So the Ghost Spider of Death’s bite isn’t immediately fatal, I guess. Also, the Ghost Spider is the reason why some things can’t be explained. Like tides, or magnets. THE GHOST SPIDER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BOTH.

The logical conclusion to be drawn here is that “Ghost Spider of Death” is the answer to everything. Feel free to use when necessary.

I bet science would.

§ February 6th, 2011 § Filed under freak out, golden age § 13 Comments




from 100-Page Super-Spectacular #DC-18
reprinted from Adventure Comics #57 (Dec 1940) by Bernard Baily

And now, a thing the Spectre doesn’t say often enough nowadays.

§ January 16th, 2011 § Filed under golden age, scans § 9 Comments

from More Fun Comics #55 (May 1940) by Jerry Siegel & Bernard Baily
– reprinted in DC 100-Page Super Spectacular #6 (1971)

And now, a chain of logical connections Bruce (Batman) Wayne hasn’t had to make of late.

§ November 14th, 2010 § Filed under batman, golden age § 7 Comments

from Batman #33 (Feb-Mar 1946)

“Jin-Jay blow water out of her sea bicycle and show you how works”

§ November 11th, 2010 § Filed under cutaway, golden age, racial sensitivity § 16 Comments

from Famous Funnies #209 (Dec. 1953)

The self-affirmation of the Doll Man.

§ November 7th, 2010 § Filed under golden age § 4 Comments

from Feature Comics #121 (April 1948)

Progressive Ruin presents…Your Grandparents’ End of Civilization.

§ October 20th, 2010 § Filed under golden age § 7 Comments

How would you get anyone to join your Liars’ Club? “Hey, I have a Liars’ Club…wanna join?” “Ah, you joker, you don’t really have a club.” “No, honest, guys, I do!”

You know, the “mistakes are impossible” promise is quite a bit to live up to.

We think the book should teach you…can’t say for sure, you are awfully pathetic.

I have to admit, I’ve never been happier.

I will of course insist on being called “Radio Mike” from now on.

At last, I can finally add up my midgets.

Harmonica shown to scale; measures 4 1/2 feet in width.

When we say “kidding,” we actually mean “annoying.”

images from an ad in Feature Comics #121 (April 1948)

And now…Three Bad Dudes.

§ October 6th, 2010 § Filed under golden age § 13 Comments

from Daredevil Comics #57 (November 1949)


§ October 3rd, 2010 § Filed under golden age, sir-links-a-lot § 8 Comments

image from from Keen Detective Funnies #23(?) (1940)

In other news:

  • So they did that “largest gathering of superheroes” Megamind advertisement / world record attempt — which reminds me, is that really a Guinness Book of World Records category? — and sure, we can all make fun of it, but someone totally showed up as Popeye and I’m okay with that.
  • SPOILER ALERT: So the very last word of dialogue spoken in the last Cathy comic strip is “iPhone.” Seems…weird to me.

    And as I was writing that I saw that Adam Koford pointed out that the actual last words of the strip were “PAT PAT.” That mollifies me…somewhat. Not that I’ve ever really thought about Cathy or mentioned the strip on the site. (Well, mentioned it twice on the site, anyway.)

  • Speaking of Adam Koford, BEHOLD ORIGINAL MADE-TO-ORDER DRAWINGS FOR SALE. And at low, low prices! Tell him Mike sent you, so he can say “…Who?”
  • Speaking of comic strips, have I mentioned that pal Andres has a site devoted to Nancy’s aunt Fritzi Ritz? Complete with Fritzi Fridays? All documented, all true.
  • And on the topic of Nancy, Fantagraphics is trying to locate some dailies from 1942. I don’t have any, and I sure wish I did…but if YOU have any, please help them out! (And I’m not putting that out there just because I’m a nice guy…I want my Nancy reprint book!)
  • One final funnypages bit of business…yesterday was Peanuts‘ 60th anniversary. How did you celebrate? (Me…I went and talked to my old school building, played some tennis against “Crybaby” Boobie, and developed this odd rash on my head that looks strangely like baseball stitching….)
  • RevolutionSF has been doing a series of articles about comics that haven’t yet been collected into trade paperback, or have been collected but are long out of print. A couple that I’d add to the lists: a Hammerlocke collection would be welcome, which featured some nice Chris Sprouse art. And while I’d like to see a Spanner’s Galaxy trade, with Tom Mandrake’s art recolored and safely away from the Flexographic printing process which afflicted it during its original publication, I’m not holding my breath.
  • REMINDER: I’m still doing Estate 4.1, that wonderful, uplifting site where I point out delightful comments left by thoughtful users on news stories…though I may have to stop because I think I’ve found the greatest news story comment of all time.

    Honestly, this busts me up every time I read it, and I’m not sure I can even explain why. Your Mileage May Vary, as they say.

  • And now, sent to me courtesy of reader C. Elam, here is William Shatner for K-TEL:

More Masked Marvel Adventures in Straight-Up Murder Here Next Month!

§ October 1st, 2010 § Filed under golden age § 12 Comments

from Keen Detective Funnies #23(?) (1940)

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