Monday, April 28, 2014

Sam 'N' Simian from FC No. 1132, 1960

Now and then I sometimes . . . OK, I often . . . in my collecting for this blog come across an artist I like but just can't place. When my ignorance comes to the fore like this, I always turn to the life-saving Grand Comics Database. And sometimes, like with today's post, even this great resource offers no help. Any ideas anyone? If I absolutely had to give a name, I'd say Don Gormley.

The stars of today's story, Sam -N- Simian, were Walter Lanz characters that never got much of a chance. They appeared in exactly one cartoon. Well, no matter - I though the artwork was really fine. This comes from Four Color No. 1132, August October, 1960.

PS: Jim Engel, who supplied the tremendous artwork of this blog's banner, likes John Carey for this story. I'll go along with Jim!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Hand of Zorro!

This artwork is by one of my favorite illustrators/artists, Everett Raymond Kinstler. Despite enjoying a current reputation as one of America's great fine artists, specializing in portraits, Mr. Kinstler remains (unlike some) particularly proud of his days illustrating for comics and pulp magazines. So much so he has published a maginificent coffee table book of his early work, Everett Raymond Kinstler: The Artist’s Journey Through Popular Culture 1942-1962. I highly recommend it. This comes from Four Color No. 574, 1954

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