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  1. Hmm, I read that as "Massie". Lost in the mists of time either way.
  2. Back to the US for the latest addition - the first GGA cover art on Wings. In fact, it was the only GGA cover until #69. They only became a staple with #82. Some good news and bad news about this issue. The good news is that it's big and thick - lots of reading for a dime. The bad news is that most of the reading is pretty dire. There are some really stupid story elements between these covers. That said, it's far from being a complete loss. I liked this splash of everyone's favourite redhead, Jane Martin. (Scand from the digital comic museum - my copy is a little fragile for squishing onto a scanner...) And there's always fun when Hitler is around... And despite the comic being printed in 1942, one story preempts the kamikaze attacks of 1945, curiously on both sides: Page 27 seems a bit weird. There were examples of allied pilots deliberately crashing into targets, but invariably only when the plane and/or pilot had been hit and disabled beyond a reasonable chance of escape. It seems a little out of place in 1942 American war story telling.
  3. AJD

    AJD's "other" golden age album

    Since I already have a fair chunk of my collection in albums, I thought I'd put up the rest just for fun. My EC, Australian, Dell ducks and war bonds covers all have their own albums. This one is a category I have imaginatively called "other". In it you'll find various things, including a Fiction House collection that almost got its own album, and selected covers by Golden Age greats - L. B. Cole, Wolverton, Schomburg and even a Baker or Two.
  4. Lucky he put pants on at all. That's Sunday best at my place.
  5. I know the managing editor at Yaffa quite well these days. I asked her if there were any file copies or old comics around the offices - alas, no, they are all long gone. This is where you say "cool story bro".
  6. There's a link here in that Crouch also did backup stories in the Australian Action Comic title - which in this case had nothing to do with Superman, but contained Lone Avenger by Lawson as a feature. And all of the titles Sheena, Lone Avenger and Action were in the H.J. Edwards stable. (Though Action started elsewhere until #39. Image below from Ausreprints.net )
  7. Quite a few Australian Sheena issues have come my way lately. As well as the #1 above I managed to get 2 and 3 as well. I've shown you lots of Sheena jungle action over the years, so for this under the covers look we'll take a look at the work of Australian artist Phil Crouch. I can't find muchh about him, other than him doing quite a few humour and general interest pages in Australian comics in the 1950s. First, the (allegedly) interesting snippets in "did you know" from #2: And this short funny animal story - which seems to owe quite a bit to Disney comics - from #3.
  8. Yeah, I have often been tempted by those beautiful covers and they aren't too expensive - but once you factor in shipping them across the Pacific they become much less appealing.
  9. Yeah, the Dell Giants are great. I only have half a dozen of them and a few of the Australian reprints, but they are such nice comics.
  10. Join up (for free) at Heritage ha.com - really big scans of many, many books in their archive.
  11. Frontline might be my favourite EC title. It was also the first I completed.
  12. I don't think Frontline was a New Trend title. I think it was added after the start of New Direction but well before New Trend. (I think Panic is in that category too.) And since I'm here I might as well joint the club:
  13. Banshee and Phantom to Panther* *all three are names of USN jets of the 1950s