Golden Age Greats Spotlight # 14


Golden Age Greats Spotlight Volume 15- Outrageous Good Girl Art III is now available!! Following in the footsteps of our first two OGG-themed Golden Age Greats Spotlights (Volume’s 8 and 12), we’ve got another full 140 pages of vintage glamor art reprints from the classic comic books of the 1940’s and ’50’s; this issue with a special focus on the girls of Fiction House Comics, the publisher MOST associated with GGA. Included in this volume are full-story reprints starring jungle girl CAMILLA illustrated by Ralph Mayo, FIREHAIR; MITZI of the MOVIES by the great Matt Baker; an early GLORY FORBES by talented lady illustrator Regina Levander; PATSY PINUP; Native American heroine STARLIGHT by Ralph Mayo; plus a trio of stories prominently featuring the girl friends/female co-stars of several male heroes like STAR PIRATE by Murhy Anderson; Lyssa from LOST WORLD by George Evans, and Ann, KA’ANGA’s mate in a beautiful story delineated by Maurice Whitman. If you’ve ever wondered why Fiction House was infamous for their cheesecake art, this volume will make it VERY apparent!! But that’s not all- their are also a pair of stories by teen-glamor specialist Jerry Fasano- GINNY and JUST GIRLS, both from Eastern Color’s late-’40’s teen humor title, Sugarbowl. ‘Bet you’ve never seen THESE characters before. That master of drawing gorgeous girls Bob Powell is represented with a pair of offerings: one starring the etherial lady storytelling known as The WEAVER, and a wartime romance/glamor tale titled “Got A Match

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Golden Age Greats Spotlight Special Volume 14- The Comic Books of Harry “A” Chesler is now available!! (Please note that after last volumes Centaur special, we are returning to the standard price and format for GAG Spotlight Special with THIS issue.)Though seldom mentioned among the pioneers of the comic book medium, Harry Chesler was there at the virtual beginning, initially as a major player. Coming out of the world of advertising sales, he began experimenting in the comic book format in the mid-1930’s. In 1937, he initiated two new, ongoing comic book titles showcasing all new (as opposed to re-edited, reprinted newspaper strips, which was the norm in the early days of comic books) comics material, Star Comics and Star Ranger. Unable to make a success of the publishing venture, Chesler sold the titles to another group, but landed on his feet. He kept the creative team he had created them with assembled, sold himself as an editor to the new publishers, and was now getting PAID to produce the same material he had previously been losing his own investment on. As more publishers sought to enter the comic book field, Chesler saw the value in having a ready-made production staff, and marketed his organization as a packager, producing creative material for new publishers entering the comic book realm, and the first important comic book “sweat shop” (or production studio) was born. Through the late 1930’s, a number of soon-to-be great creators got their first practical comics experience toiling at the Chesler Shop, including the likes of Jack Cole, Mort Meskin, Charles Biro, Irv Novick, Mac Raboy, Jack Binder and dozens more. As the comic book industry was experiencing explosive growth, the Chesler Shop produced hundreds of pages for publishers like MLJ, Fawcett, and even early Timely titles like Mystic Comics. The super-hero boom fueled even more growth, and Chesler couldn’t resist jumping back in as a publisher (even while his shop was churning out pages for other houses) in 1941 with a trio of new titles of his own; Scoop, Punch and Dynamic, headlined by original costumed super characters, (like DYNAMIC MAN, ROCKETMAN and YANKEE DOODLE JONES) drawn by Lou Fine- influenced artists like Charles Sultan, George Tuska and Al Plastino. This is the phase of Chesler’s publishing career that this volume of Golden Age Greats focuses on. Comparable in quality with the rest of the books on the market at the time, Chesler’s books always tended to be a bit edgier than the normal standard, using just a little more sex and violence than the rest of the field. Other early-1940’s companies were very timid about trying female costumed characters- but Chesler had plenty- ROCKETGIRL, LADY SATAN, VEILED AVENGER, KITTY KELLY and more. All that notwithstanding, Chesler’s publishing ventures were curtailed yet again by 1942; perhaps due to a talent drain caused by the wartime draft, or possibly his inability to get around paper restrictions. Before the war was over, though; Chesler and his own comic book line were back, resurrecting some of his earlier “successes”; and inaugurating new characters, as rendered by a new crop af artists including Reuben Moriera, Paul Gattuso and Gus Ricca. Among these later-1940’s creations was The BLACK DWARF (cover featured on this volume); a comic book feature that must be seen to be appreciated. Sort of a strange, pulpish mix between the (then-waning) costumed hero genre, and the upcoming crime trend, The DWARF( who was really just a kind of short guy, though artist Paul Gattuso seemed to keep forgetting that- but then, as you can see by the cover, his costume- red and green- wasn’t very “black” either) was aided by a trio of reformed criminals who went around busting up some of the most bizarre and twisted illegal operations ever seen in comicdom. Very representative of the tone of Chesler stories from that era, we’ve picked out some of the weirdest and wildest we could find to entertain the discriminating students of Golden Age comic book history for this collection of all-Chesler-published material. You’ll see DYNAMIC MAN, ROCKETMAN, BLACK COBRA, DAN DASTINGS, YANKEE BOY, LUCKY COYNE, The ENCHANTED DAGGER, The ECHO, VEILED AVENGER, LADY SATAN, KITTY KELLY, SKY CHIEF and Mr. E, with art by George Tuska, Charles Sultan, Al Plastino, Gus Ricca, Ken Battefield, Harvey K. Fuller, Ruben Moreira, Ralph Mayo, Max Elkans and Anthony Cataldo. There will be text articles on Chesler and his entire career by Hames Ware, Jeff Rader and Biil Black, and over 125 pages of mid-1940’s Chesler stories, covering the publishers most important and entertaining characters. If you’ve appreciated AC’s special focus on other publishers and creators of the Golden Age, you won’t want to miss THIS one. Harry Chesler publications is another topic you won’t see covered in any sort of depth anywhere else!! In total, 140 pages in black and white with color covers. Standard comic book size, saddle stitched at a price of $29.95. Released in 2013.

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