Golden Age Articles

  • Retail Price: $29.95 Format: Standard comic book size; saddle-stitched Page Count: 160 pages Color:  Black and white Intended Audience: All ages Genre: Action adventure/superhero/history- it is Golden Age reprints of various genres Writers : Bill Black, Bob Powell, William Woolfolk, Otto Binder, Ray Krank, Paul S. Newman Artist: Bob Powell Cover Artist: Bob Powell Synopsis: Legendary artist BOB POWELL is...

    Golden Age Greats Spotlight Vol. 10- The Comic Book Art of Bob Powell Shipping June 2012

    Retail Price: $29.95 Format: Standard comic book size; saddle-stitched Page Count: 160 pages Color:  Black and white Intended Audience: All ages Genre: Action adventure/superhero/history- it is Golden Age reprints of various genres Writers : Bill Black, Bob Powell, William Woolfolk, Otto Binder, Ray Krank, Paul S. Newman Artist: Bob Powell Cover Artist: Bob Powell Synopsis: Legendary artist BOB POWELL is…

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  • Writers and Artist’s Names: Writers include Charles Quinlan. Artists include Irwin Hasen, Charles Quinlan, Bob Fujitani, Maxwell Elkans, Don Rico, Rudy Palais and John Dixon. Cover by L. B. Cole. Intended Audience: All-ages fans of Golden Age superhero reprint material; art aficionados, comics historians, collectors of bookshelf compilations and fans of classic action, adventure and superhero material and devotees of...

    Golden Age Greats Spotlight Vol. 9 – Cat-Man and Kitten Shipping May 2012

    Writers and Artist’s Names: Writers include Charles Quinlan. Artists include Irwin Hasen, Charles Quinlan, Bob Fujitani, Maxwell Elkans, Don Rico, Rudy Palais and John Dixon. Cover by L. B. Cole. Intended Audience: All-ages fans of Golden Age superhero reprint material; art aficionados, comics historians, collectors of bookshelf compilations and fans of classic action, adventure and superhero material and devotees of…

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  • I made mention of this unheralded but great comic book artist of the Golden Age in a post several months ago, but I feel he deserves a closer look. I was showing some of his most impressive art to my wife Stephanie a few days ago, and once again expressing my bewilderment at the fact that almost NO ONE, not...

    Warren King Revisited by Mark Heike

    I made mention of this unheralded but great comic book artist of the Golden Age in a post several months ago, but I feel he deserves a closer look. I was showing some of his most impressive art to my wife Stephanie a few days ago, and once again expressing my bewilderment at the fact that almost NO ONE, not…

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  • Another one of my favorite-but-unheralded artists from the Golden Age of comics is the ubiquitous Rudy Palais. Extremely prolific from the early 1940′s through the mid- 1950′s Rudy’s artwork appeared within the pages of almost every publisher’s offerings at one point or another, in a wide variety of genre’s, from adventure to humor, funny animal, teenage, horror and war. (...

    Remembering Rudy Palais by Mark Heike

    Another one of my favorite-but-unheralded artists from the Golden Age of comics is the ubiquitous Rudy Palais. Extremely prolific from the early 1940′s through the mid- 1950′s Rudy’s artwork appeared within the pages of almost every publisher’s offerings at one point or another, in a wide variety of genre’s, from adventure to humor, funny animal, teenage, horror and war. (…

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  • Okay, let the suspense come to an end. The Nedor-related costumed hero that made it onto movie screens in the 1940′s was none other than…Superkatt! Superkatt appears in a 1947 Columbia Studios cartoon titled “Leave Us Chase It, and was a headline feature in Giggle Comics, officially published by a company known as Creston. Now pay attention, because things get...

    Nedor At The Movies-The Rest Of The Story by Mark Heike

    Okay, let the suspense come to an end. The Nedor-related costumed hero that made it onto movie screens in the 1940′s was none other than…Superkatt! Superkatt appears in a 1947 Columbia Studios cartoon titled “Leave Us Chase It, and was a headline feature in Giggle Comics, officially published by a company known as Creston. Now pay attention, because things get…

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  • If you’re one of those people to whom “firsts” are important, who might YOU guess would be considered THE FIRST American comic book artist? I’ve never seen a discussion of this topic anywhere, but if anyone would like to start one, I have a surprising name I’d like to nominate-one Victor E. Pazmino. As popular wisdom states, one of the...

    The First Comic Book Artist? by Mark Heike

    If you’re one of those people to whom “firsts” are important, who might YOU guess would be considered THE FIRST American comic book artist? I’ve never seen a discussion of this topic anywhere, but if anyone would like to start one, I have a surprising name I’d like to nominate-one Victor E. Pazmino. As popular wisdom states, one of the…

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  • Among the best-remembered artists of the Golden Age of comics, names like Simon and Kirby, Bob Powell, Frank Frazetta, and Paul Gustavson stand out- not just because they were great artists who were very prolific during the early days of comics, but also because they SIGNED their work. It was easy to remember and appreciate their stellar craftsmanship since there...

    An Unknown Great by Mark Heike

    Among the best-remembered artists of the Golden Age of comics, names like Simon and Kirby, Bob Powell, Frank Frazetta, and Paul Gustavson stand out- not just because they were great artists who were very prolific during the early days of comics, but also because they SIGNED their work. It was easy to remember and appreciate their stellar craftsmanship since there…

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  • Jerry DeFuccio was a unique and interesting character. To people who have only heard the name, he was a longtime Associate Editor at Mad Magazine. To those of us who had the privilege of getting to know him a bit, he was someone very special. The son of a prominent New Jersey physician, Jerry grew up at almost exactly the...

    Comics Fan #1 by Mark Heike

    Jerry DeFuccio was a unique and interesting character. To people who have only heard the name, he was a longtime Associate Editor at Mad Magazine. To those of us who had the privilege of getting to know him a bit, he was someone very special. The son of a prominent New Jersey physician, Jerry grew up at almost exactly the…

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  • When I was a kid reading comic books off of the stands in the 1960s, one of my least-favorite artists was John Giunta. I perceived him as someone who had a very open, threadbare, slightly awkward style that I found unappealing. If I saw his work show up on a backup story in Thunder Agents or The Fly, I was...

    Does Anyone Remember John Giunta by Mark Heike

    When I was a kid reading comic books off of the stands in the 1960s, one of my least-favorite artists was John Giunta. I perceived him as someone who had a very open, threadbare, slightly awkward style that I found unappealing. If I saw his work show up on a backup story in Thunder Agents or The Fly, I was…

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  • Mr. Irwin Hasen was a member of the National Cartoonists Society, winning awards for Best Story Strip in 1961 and 1962 for Dondi, which he worked on for 32 years. His comic strip work also includes The Goldbergs for the New York Post. His comic book work from the 1940′s includes material for these Golden Age publishers: Tem (Temerson, which later...

    Golden Age Profiles: Irwin Hasen

    Mr. Irwin Hasen was a member of the National Cartoonists Society, winning awards for Best Story Strip in 1961 and 1962 for Dondi, which he worked on for 32 years. His comic strip work also includes The Goldbergs for the New York Post. His comic book work from the 1940′s includes material for these Golden Age publishers: Tem (Temerson, which later…

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  • Bob Lubbers is best known for his “good girl art” from both the comic strips and comic books. Bob was born in 1922, and attended the Art Students League before breaking into the comic book profession at the tender age of 18. His first work was for Centaur, (then known as The Comics Corporation of America) illustrating such features as...

    Golden Age Profiles: Bob Lubbers

    Bob Lubbers is best known for his “good girl art” from both the comic strips and comic books. Bob was born in 1922, and attended the Art Students League before breaking into the comic book profession at the tender age of 18. His first work was for Centaur, (then known as The Comics Corporation of America) illustrating such features as…

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  • AC Comics has reprinted, and thus preserved, many stories from the time period known as the Golden-Age of comics. However, little has been done from Centaur. It is one of the earliest publishers and material is hard to locate. The Fire Man and an interview with his creator, Martin Filchock appears in Men of Mystery #23 which you can buy...

    Golden Age Publishers: Centaur

    AC Comics has reprinted, and thus preserved, many stories from the time period known as the Golden-Age of comics. However, little has been done from Centaur. It is one of the earliest publishers and material is hard to locate. The Fire Man and an interview with his creator, Martin Filchock appears in Men of Mystery #23 which you can buy…

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  • THE GREEN HORNET: Radio, Movie Serial, Comic Book! by Bill Black Starting in January 1936, as a radio drama, Al Hodge played the duel role of newspaper publisher Britt Reid and masked crime fighter, The Green Hornet. The creative genius behind this drama was George Trendle, who had made a hit out of the radio show, The Lone Ranger. Created...

    THE GREEN HORNET: Radio, Movie Serial, Comic Book!

    THE GREEN HORNET: Radio, Movie Serial, Comic Book! by Bill Black Starting in January 1936, as a radio drama, Al Hodge played the duel role of newspaper publisher Britt Reid and masked crime fighter, The Green Hornet. The creative genius behind this drama was George Trendle, who had made a hit out of the radio show, The Lone Ranger. Created…

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  • An Interview With Martin Filchock, Pioneer Comic Book Artist Interviewed by Mark Heike for Golden-Age Men of Mystery No. 23 (published by AC Comics) Mark asked about Marty’s life as a cartoonist. Marty told Mark how, at around 17, he sent in a comic strip to Bill Cooke (of “Funny Pages”) about “how I hoboed my way from Pittsburgh to...

    Golden Age Profiles: Martin Filchock

    An Interview With Martin Filchock, Pioneer Comic Book Artist Interviewed by Mark Heike for Golden-Age Men of Mystery No. 23 (published by AC Comics) Mark asked about Marty’s life as a cartoonist. Marty told Mark how, at around 17, he sent in a comic strip to Bill Cooke (of “Funny Pages”) about “how I hoboed my way from Pittsburgh to…

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  • An Interview With Green Lantern Creator, Martin Nodell Bill Black, editor and publisher of AC Comics, interviewed Martin Nodell at the 2000 Megacon in Orlando, Florida. Marty told Bill the story of how the Green Lantern came about. After graduating from art school in Chicago, Marty went off to New York in 1940, to make his fortune. His first work...

    Golden Age Profiles: Martin Nodell

    An Interview With Green Lantern Creator, Martin Nodell Bill Black, editor and publisher of AC Comics, interviewed Martin Nodell at the 2000 Megacon in Orlando, Florida. Marty told Bill the story of how the Green Lantern came about. After graduating from art school in Chicago, Marty went off to New York in 1940, to make his fortune. His first work…

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  • Jim Mooney has pencilled and inked thousands of pages of comic book art and even written his fair share. His career as a comic book artist began in 1940, in the Golden-Age of comics. He worked on many of DC and Marvel’s top-selling characters including Spiderman, Batman, Superboy and dozens of others. Jim told AC’s Mark Heike about his first assignments...

    Golden Age Profiles: Jim Mooney

    Jim Mooney has pencilled and inked thousands of pages of comic book art and even written his fair share. His career as a comic book artist began in 1940, in the Golden-Age of comics. He worked on many of DC and Marvel’s top-selling characters including Spiderman, Batman, Superboy and dozens of others. Jim told AC’s Mark Heike about his first assignments…

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  • Sheena has survived the ravages of time. First seen in 1938, published by Fiction House, Sheena endured through the 1950′s as a comic book and and then as a TV series. She was introduced in “Jumbo Comics”, appearing in 167 issues, and then in her own title, “Sheena”, lasting 18 issues. Several artists worked on her adventures including Will Eisner,...

    SHEENA: Golden Age to Present

    Sheena has survived the ravages of time. First seen in 1938, published by Fiction House, Sheena endured through the 1950′s as a comic book and and then as a TV series. She was introduced in “Jumbo Comics”, appearing in 167 issues, and then in her own title, “Sheena”, lasting 18 issues. Several artists worked on her adventures including Will Eisner,…

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