Monday, December 17, 2012

Master Comics #107 (September 1949, Tom Mix)

This will be the last post for 2012. We'll be back next year with more reprints and some exciting new projects concerning the Fawcett era Captain Marvel Jr. Stay tuned. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Tom Mix The Witch of Shallow Gulch

Here Tom Mix, playing a adventurous and civic-minded cowpoke, helps out the law in dealing with an ambush scam committed by an opportunistic stranger. The artwork by
Carl Pfeufer and John Jordan is serviceable and gets the job done. The cemetery scenes allow the artists to get away from the mundane town setting and use graveyards shapes and colors.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Master Comics #107 (Ozzie, Sept. 1949)

Ozzie and Babs

This is one of the better Ozzie and Babs stories I've read. Ozzie-goof ball that he is-takes a lot of hits from the opposition girl's baseball team but holds his own against his Reggie-like rival Slick. In the end he is rewarded with Bab's admiration and delicious junk food. What more could a teenager by want?

Monday, December 3, 2012

Master Comics #107 (September 1949 Nyoka)

Nyoka and the Miracle Potion

This is a pretty much by-the-numbers plot concerning a greedy relative who is after an inheritance from his older uncle. Several things seem a little hard to accept. One is Nyoka not sustaining a leg wound from the wild boar attack and that said boar would actually abscond with the pill bottle. The artwork while solid is relatively unexciting. It moves the predictable plot along very well.

Also presented is another Colonel Corn and Korny Cobb" filler strip.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Master Comics #107 (September 1949-CMJ)

CMJ and The Disappearance of the Statue of Liberty

This story is important for several reasons. Some of the very early CapJr stories took place in New York City. This one shows Freddy Freeman and his landlady Mrs Wagner visiting the Big Apple.  This at least shows that NYC isn't then Freddy's hometown. Kurt Schaffenberger's very clear story telling enhances this story. In many ways his work at this stage reflects the look that CC Beck and Pete Costanza were doing on the Captain Marvel strip. There was a tendency of thinking that Captain Marvel Jr's artwork was more "realistic/less cartoony" than that of Captain Marvel. Schaffenberger's work here (as well as the Sheldon Moldoff and Bill Ward's drawn stories) show a much more cartoony look for the Blue Boy than is often thought.