Mommy Dearest


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Al McWilliams started writing and drawing comic books in the mid-1930s and never left the field until his death in 1993.

His name has been somewhat forgotten by modern fans of the medium, but McWilliams’ sleek Mac Raboy-styled work appeared in just about every genre of comic book and comic strip possible and earned the respect of countless peers and employers. Some of the best examples of his handiwork appeared in such syndicated strips as Twin Earths and Dateline: Danger.

McWilliams also lent his skills to the romance genre, where slick art was deemed a necessity by publishers and editors to hammer their magazines’ melodramatic plots home.  The following story, about a musician who really needs to cut the cord with his mother, is a particular stand-out.

“Mama’s Apron Strings” originally ran in Darling Love #2 (Archie, December 1949). The art is by Al McWilliams.

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MMMMMM …. cheese furters!

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2 thoughts on “Mommy Dearest

  1. Y’know, it just hit me (and others may laugh that I didn’t see this before now): Putting the hero or the heroine in the hospital was a way of, literally, getting them in bed! Consider the last page, without context and without props that say “hospital” (or, at least “sick-bed”). No wonder these things often ended where they did!

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