Here's the final part in the pre-code covers of American comics scanned from my collection. I know opinion has been divided on this diversion from British comics but I'll be returning to UK comics again with the next post.
Above is Captain 3-D No.1, December 1953. Harvey Comics. Produced by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby to capitalize on the 1950s 3-D craze. Interior strips printed in green and red for an effective 3-D effect when viewed through the free 'Magic Specs'.
Web of Evil No.12, March 1954. Publisher: Comic Magazines. A typical anthology of four complete horror strips. 'Beware of the Univited Corpse'! Yes, corpses by invitation only please.
Whack No.3, May 1954. Jubilee Publications. One of the many Mad imitators of the period.
Police Action No.4, July 1954. Marvel Comics. Yet another of Marvel's many crime titles.
Ringo Kid No.1, August 1954. Marvel Comics. Joe Maneely's cool cowboy. Some strips were later reprinted in TV21 in 1970/71.
Cave Girl No.13, July-Sept 1954. Magazine Enterprises. Leggy lipstick-wearing jungle hero drawn by the brilliant Bob Powell.
Wild Western No.38, November 1954. Marvel Comics. Another great Joe Maneely cover showing action from all four strips in the comic.
Black Rider No.25, November 1954. Marvel Comics. Yet another excellent Joe Maneely cover. (Yes I'm a fan of his work.) Sadly Joe's life was cut short in a fatal accident in 1958.
Crimes by Women No.54. M.S. Dist. Actually a reprint of a 1940s comic, running strips about female criminals. More like crimes against women, judging by the cover.
Panic No.6, January 1955. EC Comics. The storm clouds against comics were gathering and the inevitable censorship was coming. EC spoofed the situation with this famous cover to their sister comic to Mad.
...and that's yer lot. I hope you've enjoyed these last four posts looking at classic comics from across the Atlantic. If you're interested in seeing what sort of strips were published 60 plus years ago I can highly recommend the following two titles from Yoe Comics/IDW. Haunted Horror and Weird Love are published on alternating months. Each have 52 pages on quality paper, all in fill colour, scanned from the actual 1950s comics. (With a fantastic restoration job. No digital recoloring or redrawings/tracings by modern hands.) Priced at only $3.99 each, which works out at around £3 an issue depending on supplier. You'll find them in specialist comics shops.
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