Monday, October 21, 2013

Captain Marvel Jr. #37 (April 1946- The Greybeard!)

The GreyBeard!

Apparently real time exists in Capt. Marvel Jr. stories as Greybeard was convicted in 1846. Since 99 years would have been 1945 from 1846 it seems likely this story was delayed from that year. The art style is anachronistic as three pages use a four-tier panel approach that was more in style in the late 1930s/early 1940s than in the post-war years. The layout and draftsmanship by August Froehlich is markedly different from any of the other stories in the issue. Froehlich obvious copies some of Raboy's poses as he use the same back shot of Cap Jr. in three different panels. Froehlich seems to be one of those artists (at least as far as Captain Marvel Jr. is concerned) who was more of an illustrator and didn't quite understand the dynamics of the panel-to-panel comic strip visual continuity. His work is some of the dullest on the Captain Marvel Jr. strip.

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