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Monday
Nov142011

That's Dikkens with Two Ks

from America's Greatest Comics #3 (May 1942)

Edgar Alan Poe, the famous 19th century author of "The Ravine" and "The Gould Bug."

(for those not following this, see the Monty Python Bookshop Sketch)

Friday
Nov112011

Our Police at Work

Instead of beating up some peaceful OWS protestors, maybe the police should go focus on some actual crimes being committed.

From More Fun Comics #78 (April 1942)

Thursday
Nov102011

Take Off, eh?

Yes, I've known some scientists like both of these men.

From All-American Comics #37 (April 1942)

Tuesday
Nov012011

Oh, the Greed, the Greed!

This is from a Superman story in Action Comics from 1942. Siegel and Shuster were often critics of the boardroom, and early Superman stories often focused on unsafe work or living conditions. In this story, the millionare at the head of the table has decided to give away his money--to the richest person who can convince him that he will do more with it (it's actually a trick by Luthor to get these greedy gasbags into the same room so he can rob them all).  My personal favorite is the fellow in the lower right corner, representing the Occupy Action Comics contingent. 

Action Comics #47 (April 1942), page 9, story and art by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

Friday
Sep302011

I'm Confident

The great thing about these comics from the 1940s is how similar the situations are to the present. I believe we like to think that some of these confidence scams originated with email and the internet, but, as seen in this Paul Kirk, Manhunter, panel below, con artists and thieves were using that new technology of the time, the telephone, to engage in exactly the same game.  It's not the technology, it's human nature--we all would like to think we've got that rich uncle, but that's just our greed showing, which certain people well understand and attempt to take advantage of.

 

Wednesday
Sep072011

Comics in Comics #3

Self referential example from Sensation Comics #1, January 1942.

Monday
Sep052011

Comics in Comics #2

This one is so meta it almost hurts to think about. From Master Comics #22, January 1942, Fawcett Publications.

Wednesday
Aug102011

Plus ca change

Perhaps that's why Rome fell?

(images from Four Color Comics #15, 1942, featuring Felix the Cat)

Thursday
Aug042011

Comics in Comics

From Human Torch #6, Winter 1942

Monday
Jul042011

The Daily Duck for 4 July 2011

from World's Best Comics (1941)

At least it's been dressed.