Boody Rogers’ demented sense of humor and no-holds-barred illustrations created some of the most memorable strips of comics’ Golden Age. Such creations as Sparky Watts – an average joe who possessed the power of Superman – Babe, Darling Of The Hills and Dudley are every bit as brilliant as Jack Cole’s Plastic Man, Dick Briefer’s humorous Frankenstein and Will Elder’s Mad parodies.
Rogers’ work fell into obscurity after he retired from comics in 1952, but the artist once again came to the forefront thanks to such diverse sources as Raw magazine, Dan Nadel’s Art Out Of Time (Abrams First Edition, 2006), Craig Yoe’s Boody: The Bizarre Comics Of Boody Rogers (Fantagraphics, 2009) and a number of enterprising comics bloggers (Pappy’s Golden Age Blogzine is perhaps the most prominent) and public domain comic-book sites like the Digital Comic Museum.
The following adventure from a recently unearthed issue of Big Shot is a good example of Rogers’ humor, although some may see it as normal by the cartoonist’s demented standards.
From Big Shot #73 (Columbia, January 1947), here’s Boody Rogers’ Sparky Watts.