Thursday, June 24, 2010

Jack Bradbury Day! Coo Coo Comics - Post II

Last post began the project of posting every story from Coo Coo Comics No. 28, August 1946; so that we might gain insight into the challenges faced by an editor of an anthology of kids’ comics (like, say for example, The Golden Collection of Klassic Krazy Kool Kids Komics edited by Craig Yoe).

How would you choose “the best”? Well, with this standard of quality coming from a single, random issue I think my head would blow up trying. Let’s enjoy two tales from the master of kids' comics, Jack Bradbury.


  1. Would love to know what kind of pens Bradbury used to ink these lush cartoony illustrations. Also, the colors, once again, are wonderful in these old Kid comics (I am sounding like a broken record, I know !)

  2. Lysdexicuss: I keep saying the same things myself! I particularily love the colors in that first story. I would bet dollars to donuts that Jack Bradbury used a brush to ink with. -- Mykal

  3. Sadly, Jack Bradbury is one of those unsung heroes of comic book history. So talented, worked in multi media and did so many things. I'd have liked to seen an interview with him.

  4. Gary: I agree wholeheartedly about Bradbury. I don't know of any interview, but Jack Bradbury's son, Joel, has a very nice website honoring his father (see sidebar under Comic Book Resources). On this site, there is a lengthy excerpt from a JB autobriography that I refer to often: Just Click HERE!

  5. Lysexicuss and Gary: This just in from cartoonist and close friend of Jack Bradbury (in response to question I posed on the Jack Bradbury website, run by JB's son, Joel):

    "Jack used brushes exclusively - -

    I even have a few of his brushes that he gave me when he was cleaning out his studio for a move -- he told me that he would sometimes prune hairs from the brush head with a razor in order to increase its flexibility!

    In response to your question about interviews with Jack Bradbury -- there are a couple of good ones in the ACE comic book called 'The Art of Jack Bradbury' and another one in an issue of Comic Book Marketplace from 2 or 3 years ago. They're both gleaned from about 3 hours of taped discussions I had with Jack."


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