Wally And Wilma

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Wilma West may not be an unrepentant @$$-kicker like The Crimson Rider, but as illustrated by the late great Wally Wood she definitely possesses other *ahem* attributes that fans undoubtedly found serviceable.

(Nudge, nude. Say no more …)

Wild West Week Month finally, unbelievably concludes with “Wilma West” from Western Crime Busters #9 (Trojan Magazines, February 1952).

The story is penciled and inked by Wood; the writer is uncredited.
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Wow … from a strategically concealed Wilma West to an ending that makes Treasure Of The Sierra Madre look like a Warner Brothers Looney Tune. Wally Wood, ladies and gentlemen!

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Pulped Fiction

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Swamp creatures are nothing new in comics, even back in the 1950s. Add in leeches, an evil scientist and more than a few panels depicting college co-eds in bondage, however, and you have a tale “worthy” of one of the more tawdry crime/horror titles of the Golden Age: Trojan’s Crime Mysteries.

The 13 Days Of Halloween continue with our grisliest guilty-pleasure tale yet, “Dead Woman’s Swamp.” The story, drawn by Myron Flass, originally appeared in Crime Mysteries #12 (Trojan Magazines, March 1954).

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Yeah … who needs science anyway. Just a bunch of trouble if you ask me. And … wait a minute. Is that corpse still rotting in the back seat of their car?

Blech.

Coming tomorrow: Another marriage ruined by vampirism!

Man-Hunter

Monster gorillas are nothing new in comics, even if said simian has preyed upon mankind since the dawn of time.

(Although, as killer gorillas go, that is a pretty cool concept …)

The truly unique aspect of this tale, however, is the identity of the artist: Alvin (A.C.) Hollingsworth. One of the first African-American artists in the American comic-book field, Hollingsworth lent his skills to a variety of publishers and genres from the early 1940s to the near collapse of the entire industry in the 1950s.

Like many of his contemporaries, Hollingsworth abandoned comic-books for the more lucrative – and socially acceptable – field of syndicated newspaper strips. Unlike others, however, he soon left behind comics altogether to pursue an acclaimed career in fine art that fearlessly delved into such topics as the Civil Rights Movement, women’s struggles, urban life and spiritual concepts.

He was an art professor at Hostos Community College of the City University Of New York from 1980 until his retirement in 1998. Hollingsworth passed away in 2000.

Today’s story, “Kill No More,” originally appeared in Trojan Magazines’ Beware #16  – which was actually the fourth issue of the title – and carried the cover date of July 1953.

The art, as if you hadn’t guessed, is by Alvin Hollingsworth.

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Weird Science

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The 13 Days Of Halloween continue with dodgy comic-book science, a maiden in distress and an extremely loquacious zombie.

Don’t fret, Time Bulleteer. It all pulls together thanks to the storytelling skills of Golden Age horror mainstay Jay Disbrow. One of many graduates from the famed Iger Studio, Disbrow’s distinctive style is somewhat reminiscent of Jack Kamen (clean layouts, “good girls”) and Matt Fox (stiff, woodcut figures and surreal creatures).

It’s an odd but potent mix that elevates Disbrow’s stories above the blood-soaked pack of EC imitators that dominated the comics market in the early 1950s.

From Beware #10 (Trojan, 1954), here’s “The Thing In The Fens” by Jay Disbrow.

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