Monday, October 29, 2012

Master Comics #100 (February 1949--Nyoka)

Nyoka The Head Hunting Pygmies

This is definitely not a politically correct story. Perhaps the major thing that struck this reviewer is the artist's use of perspective. The artist uses interesting camera angles and does a good job with the amount of space he has to tell the story.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Master Comics #100 (February 1949- Captain Marvel Jr)

There are just two stories from this issue currently available online. This week we will begin presenting the entire issue to be completed over the next several weeks.

The Death Ship

This is a very routine story made somewhat interesting by the very easy to read excellent Kurt Schaffenberger artwork. Elements of the story has been used in other CMJ stories.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Master Comics #74 (November 1946, Radar)


General Tobaras Mission

Thematically Radar is somewhat problematic. It is one thing for super heroes during wartime to battle the enemy on his home ground but quite another for an international police force to intervene in the affairs of a sovereign nation during peace time. Will Lieberson, Fawcett Executive Editor, who created Radar admits that the stories were basically propaganda pieces approved by the Federal government (The Fawcett Companion, p. 94). Radar is basically a normal espionage agent with the ability to read minds.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Master Comics #74 (November 1946, Colonel Corn & Ads)

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this weeks section of Master Comics #74 is the
ad for the National Crafts and Science Show sponsored by Mechanix Illustrated.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Master Comics #74(November 1946-Bulletman- Mystery Writer's Mystery))

As in so many Fawcett hero stories coincidence plays an important role. It just so happens that Jim Barr and Susan Kent were driving in the country and a lightning strike causes a tree to block the road so they need to find shelter. The nearest shelter is a cabin where a double murder has just occurred. The story then plays out by the numbers with Bulletgirl getting captured and Bulletman subsequently rescuing her. This diversion however doesn't stop the Bullet pair from capturing the mystery writer murderer, Forester, at the end. Art by Bill Ward (GDB).