Nicked And Nora


Bert and Sue Sleuth were Ace Periodicals’ answer to Nick and Nora Charles, the dapper, wise-cracking husband and wife gumshoes who headlined numerous “Thin Man” movies in the 1930s and ’40s.

Since Bert and Sue only had seven or eight pages to wrap up a mystery, the couple brushed aside the witty banter and borderline alcoholism of their silver screen counterparts and relied instead on that staple of Golden Age adventure comics – no-nonsense fisticuffs.

The most notable aspect of the following story, however, is the identity of the artist: Frank Giacoia, who would later make a name for himself as a skilled and prolific inker for DC and Marvel during comics’ Silver and Bronze ages.

At this point of his career, Giacoia was plugging away at the Iger Studio and demonstrated a noticeable Caniff influence in his work. (As did just about every artist of the time who wasn’t cribbing from Alex Raymond, Hal Foster or Roy Crane … or some combination thereof.)

From Super-Mystery Comics Vol. 8, No. 6 (Ace Periodicals, 1949), here’s “Bert And Sue” with art by Frank Giacoia and B. Lander.









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