alicemacher: Lisa Winklemeyer from the webcomic Penny and Aggie, c2004-2011 G. Lagacé, T Campbell (Default)
[personal profile] alicemacher

What a dimbulb.

The Rich family, being the wealthiest in the world, is understandably a frequent target for crime. So how have they survived all these years with their lives and their fortune intact? Simple. Most of the crooks they've had to deal with are really, really stupid.

'Duhh--I got a bad dose of that radioactive material!' )
alicemacher: Lisa Winklemeyer from the webcomic Penny and Aggie, c2004-2011 G. Lagacé, T Campbell (Default)
[personal profile] alicemacher
Gather 'round, folks, and come with me back to the sixties and seventies, a time when people still made comics primarily for kids. When comics had yet to compete with video games, specialized summer camps and obsessive helicopter parenting for kids' attention. When no one expected comics to make profound literary statements, nor shock readers with nonstop mutilation and gore, nor follow the laws of physics, biology or basic logic.

This was the heyday of Harvey Comics, and its flagship character, Richie Rich. Today remembered, if at all, for the flop 1994 Macaulay Culkin movie, or deconstructed and mocked as the face of greedy, heartless capitalism, the (not so) Poor Little Rich Boy was in fact much more than that. He was the linchpin of a bizarre, often mad universe in which anything could happen. Multi-billionaires were altruistic and generous, and their kids socialized with and dated the 99 per cent. Money didn't solve everything, but it sure solved a lot. (Ridiculously multi-talented English butlers, zeerusty A.I.s, or sheer dumb luck solved the rest.) Plus-sized girls who loved food were also athletic and popular. Snobs and bullies were neither. Other girls with eccentric but harmless obsessions were allowed to be themselves, not disciplined or medicated into conformity. Crime was rampant but never involved drugs or human trafficking, and never maimed or killed anyone. This was Richie Rich's world.

Yes, the comics were silly; that's why I love them )
alicemacher: Lisa Winklemeyer from the webcomic Penny and Aggie, c2004-2011 G. Lagacé, T Campbell (Default)
[personal profile] alicemacher

Another cheesy chiller from Harvey's Chamber of Chills (public domain). This one's from #3 (Oct 1951). Art and, possibly, script by Bob Powell, with art assists from Howard Nostrand and Marvil Epp (whose name is on the tombstone in page 8). Trigger warning for suicide.

Cobwebs and castles and corneas, oh my! )
alicemacher: Lisa Winklemeyer from the webcomic Penny and Aggie, c2004-2011 G. Lagacé, T Campbell (Default)
[personal profile] alicemacher

Harvey Comics is best remembered as a publisher of kids' comics, but like MLJ/Archie, there was a time it dealt in a variety of genres, including horror, giving that up only when the establishment of the Comics Code Authority in 1954 put an end to stories such as the one I present here in its entirety, from Chamber of Chills #7 (April 1952; scans of this public domain title courtesy of The gruesome denouement of "Crawling Death" (writer unknown, art by Abe Simon and Don Perlin) got special mention in Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent. Trigger warning for gore.

Typical human reaction: 'I'm going to kill it!! It might be some rare species!!' )
skjam: Skyler Sands as a UNIT soldier (Unit)
[personal profile] skjam
I went to this weekend's local comic book sales convention, Springcon (held in the State Fair grandstand) and had a good time. I picked up several books and items with the purpose of creating a raffle basket for my company's United Way drive, plus some stuff for myself. (Sadly the Three Caballeros poster signed for me by Don Rosa is too big to scan.)

In the cheap bins, though, I found something that many of our younger members may be unfamiliar with.

Sad Sack, short for the military term "sad sack of shit", was created by George Baker as a pantomime comic strip during World War Two. It was quite popular, and eventually Mr. Baker licensed the property to Harvey Comics, which ran comic books based on it for decades. It did very well for Harvey, as evidenced by the franchise supporting a half-dozen titles a month.

Sadly, by 1976, when this issue of "Sad Sack and the Sarge" #117 was printed, George Baker had passed away, so only that little bit in the upper left corner of the cover is his artwork.

A couple of inside glimpses, and some unrelated pieces picked up at the convention, behind the cut.

Ads, story, sketches )

Your thoughts and comments?
skjam: Man in blue suit and fedora, wearing an eyeless mask emblazoned with the scales of justice (Default)
[personal profile] skjam
As it turns out, I was able to find one (1) Harvey Comic in mostly intact condition in my collection. It's Richie Rich Profits #13, from 1976.

For you young'uns, Harvey Comics were once huge, putting out an average of thirty titles a month, four in the Sad Sack family alone. Richie Rich was the story of a boy from an emormously wealthy family, up in the Scrooge McDuck category. Despite being wealthy enough to buy a small country with pocket change, the Riches were refreshingly kind and egalitarian types. Especially Richie, who loved to hang out with his proletarian friends. (They were usually okay with taking advantage of Richie's generosity in sharing his nice things, but too proud to accept money or permanent gifts.)

And being both fantastically wealthy and nice, the Riches had some of the coolest servants around as well, as we will see in this issue.

But first, Richie Rich demonstrates his pyrokinesis. )

The Riches' butler was Cadbury, "the perfect butler." He wasn't quite on the combat level of some other butlers, but in his context, he's still awesome enough to hang out with Alfred, Jarvis, Jeeves and other butlers of legend. This story focuses on his relationship with Richie. (five scans from a fifteen-page story.)

Something about you no one else knows )

And now, a text feature for you older fans.
How much do you know about Richie Rich? )

And now, Cadbury in a solo adventure. (One page)
Yes, it's a very old joke. )

How about a one-page adventure of Casper the Friendly Ghost?
Plus another Scans Daily favorite. )

However, not all of the Rich relatives were salt of the earth types. Some, in fact, lived down to the worst stereotypes of the wealthy. Such as this fellow. (1 and 1/2 pages of five.)

Oddly, he doesn't think of any of the real adventures he's been on with his cousin. )

Hope you've enjoyed this look into the lives of the rich and famous. Your thoughts and comments?

More British comics will be coming up in the next few weeks.
[identity profile]

As anybody who read romance comics scans in both versions of our fine community can attest, romance comics often featured romances between young girls and men that were (at least) a couple of years older then them. But none of them were quite as creepy as "The Man of My Dreams," a story that appeared in Love Problems and Advice Illustrated #2. Now, I know that age consent worked a bit differently back then (it didn't count if you were married), but still... The names of the artist and writer who created this are lost in the mist of time, which is probably just as well.

Dial-up link link (even if less and less people need it every day)
[identity profile]

Peur evol's much-appreciated post a few days ago about the Black Cat stirred nostalgia in me. I really wish I'd held onto those giant-sized Harvey reprints from 1963, but I see other reprints are available. One interesting aspect of the Black Cat series was its shifting emphasis as trends waxed and waned.

The Black Cat started in August 1941 in POCKET COMICS, then moved over to SPEED COMICS and got her own title, which had a healthy run but which went through some interesting transmogrifications. Publisher Alfred Harvey followed trends as much as any other publisher. When super-heroes seemed tired and passe following the war's end, comics shifted to other subjects. BLACK CAT became BLACK CAT WESTERN for a few issues, easy enough as Linda Turner just started making more Western movies. Then it became a horror title, with Linda's character fading out completely. She came back for a few reprint appearances toward the end of the run, even picking up an adolescent teen sidekick named Kitten. (I imagine someone somewhere has written a story where the Black Cat's Kitten crosses paths with Catman's little blonde cutie Kitten, and the two have hot steamy sex while still in costume.. I mean, if you can imagine, somebody has already acted on it.)

Rowr )

The whole series of transitions would have been complete with a few issues of BLACK CAT ROMANCE. After all, Linda Turner was a gorgeous actress and the stories featured a lot of celebrity caricatures. It would have been simple to play up her moviemaking, relationships with other actors, matchmaking for young naive starlets. But no such luck.
[identity profile]

The first appearance of Hot Stuff was in "Hot Stuff" #1, October 1957. Harvey must have had confidence with its new character, since he didn't first appear as a backup feature in another title or have a trial run in "Harvey Hits".


scans_daily: (Default)
Scans Daily


Founded by girl geeks and members of the slash fandom, [community profile] scans_daily strives to provide an atmosphere which is LGBTQ-friendly, anti-racist, anti-ableist, woman-friendly and otherwise discrimination and harassment free.

Bottom line: If slash, feminism or anti-oppressive practice makes you react negatively, [community profile] scans_daily is probably not for you.

Please read the community ethos and rules before posting or commenting.

October 2017

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18192021

Most Popular Tags


RSS Atom

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags