bronze johnny

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  1. Wasn’t there a POP (Parade of Pleasure) Farrell war book that wen last night? I’m having trouble accessing HA for some reason.
  2. A smart scheming seller doesn’t re-list in the same venue nor does s/he put it up in the same venue shortly after the sale in question. Some of these guys are very clever and take shilling to new heights. Sometimes you can’t tell- and basing any conclusion on a questionable “I’m not sure or I can’t tell” is another reason why I wouldn’t take ebay sales at face value. As far as this PreCode key, it’s been valuable for some time due to a great Elias cover and cool connection to fabulous band with awesome covers on each album. So if you never again get the opportunity to add a book like this to your collection- so what? You have an incredible collection of books. I learned at a very young age that “you can’t have them all.” That’s one of the things that makes life and collecting so interesting.
  3. I wouldn’t take most ebay sales at face value. A great deal of shenanigans going on with attempts to manipulate prices. Does anyone ever know for sure if an item is paid for after “record prices?” Ebay is the best venue to go to for anyone wanting to play this game.
  4. It will be 25 years ago a week from tomorrow that Don Heck passed away! How time flies. Remembering Heck with what I consider his greatest Atomic Age of Comics cover.
  5. I see that CGC is placing “1st Horror Comic Book” on the label of Eerie Comics #1: I would like to know if CGC can place “1st Crime Comic” on the label for Crime Does Not Pay #22 since this issue is universally recognized (see Overstreet) as the first crime comic book? From Wikipedia: Crime comics is a genre of Americancomic books and format of crime fiction. The genre was originally popular in the late 1940s and early 1950s and is marked by a moralistic editorial tone and graphic depictions of violence and criminal activity. Crime comics began in 1942 with the publication of Crime Does Not Paypublished by Lev Gleason Publicationsand edited by Charles Biro. Crime Does Not Pay starts with issue #22. Thanks! john
  6. Thanks for sharing! Happy to know I wasn’t the only one looking for Charltons in Woolworth. Was always an interesting hunt since the newsstand was dominated by Marvel and DC. The people growing up in this internet age will never know the joy in collecting we had back then.
  7. A Golden Age Anniversary for the beginning of the 1970s and a new era for the comic book! 50 years ago around this time, this book has hit the newsstands and is making waves with a realism DC tried in its war comics. The Bronze Age begins...
  8. The best among the Cole Sci-Fi covers. Perhaps his greatest ever. Congrats!
  9. I can suggest you try connecting with Doug Murray who wrote the Nam series back in the 80s. Murray served in Vietnam and might have some insight and leads. Not sure how to track him down but the internet is great for finding people. Good luck!
  10. By now, Kirby isn't only laughing but he's at Eternals Comics (sorry Marvel but the name belongs to Jack) drawing a new comic about adult comic book lovers with the power to transcend back in time through the comics and return to the world of what he'd call Reality Sux! These adults spend countless hours studying and debating over age old questions about the greatest periods of the art form. Their ultimate goal is to research primary and secondary materials to find truth through the interpretations and in some cases, speculation they make! One more point about the Komprehensive Kirby has to do with the single most significant cover of the Timely Golden Age (1938 - 1945). It's Kirby's cover to Captain America 1. It's the most famous and recognizable cover of Timely's Golden Age and it will always place first among the publisher's war-action covers. It's also the launch of not only Timely's greatest Golden Age hero (yes, the intent behind creating Captain America was to rival MLJ's Shield but it wasn't long before Cap took on DC's and Fawcett's best) but also the commencement of Kirby, the Creator & Visionary. Simon gets credit and more so for the role he has in enhancing Kirby and leading the way for their business ventures. And Lee later followed Simon in that role during the advent of the Marvel Silver Age. Still, Kirby not only did the single most significant Timely Golden Age cover but also the cover to Amazing Fantasy 15, the greatest Silver Age Marvel cover. As I've said before however, the covers can never entirely define Kirby and this is further evident during his role at DC at the dawn of the Silver Age of DC Comics with Jack's Challengers of the Unknown in Showcase 6 - the first original Silver Age concept that was awarded its own run prior to the Flash's. Kirby comes closest to Blake with the Fourth World at the beginning of the Bronze Age. Here, Jack incorporates his own created mythology, which is one of the best examples of Kirby channeling Blake. These are some examples of Kirby the Creator & Visionary that began the year America entered WWII. Time moves on and as future generations discover the comic book and its rich history, there will be those who venture back to the Golden Age and see the corpus of classic war action covers by Schomburg but they will always begin with the single most significant war action book of Timely's Golden Age with the cover drawn by Captain America's creator, Kirby. Any discussion on Raboy always initially draws me back to the question I raised in this forum: What if Mac had drawn Superman? Agree with your observations about Mac's work and will add that no one captured the essence of youth like Raboy. If you have a connection to your inner child, then Raboy made it through his art. I look at Raboy's Captain Marvel Jr. and see a kid. Beck and Kirby could never capture the kid in us like Raboy. Raboy's patriotic covers don't rely on caricature-like depictions that demonize the enemy and rely on the war-inspired propaganda of the day. The power emanating from Raboy's art relies on a symbolism unique to him. There's nothing like Raboy's art. There's more to say about Raboy and I believe the corpus of his artwork is only beginning to be appreciated. To be continued...
  11. Apologies if I didn’t make myself clear regarding the Blake comparison to Kirby. It was Grant Morrison who first called Kirby the “William Blake of comics.” I agree with Morrison’s observation for the reasons mentioned in my prior posts
  12. Great books Catman! It’s unnecessary to channel Blake through Dali since the words of England’s greatest poet expressed an approach that included but was not limited to a mythology and underlying mysticism that Kirby would incorporate into his art. The surrealism that Dali expresses didn’t dominate Jack’s art. Blake was also like Kirby, a visionary. Kirby will always be more than the cover of a comic book, which is one primary reason why the comic book helped put an end to the pulps. While it’s clear to me that you are one of those collectors who doesn’t simply judge a book by its cover, an unfortunate consequence of the SlabAge we are in today, we’d agree that Kirby as the prolific comic book artist, creator, and visionary, is more than his covers. Kirby, experimented and took risks at throughout his incredible career. And Kirby’s failures were outweighed by his unrivaled achievements. The greatest creation of the Marvel-Timely Golden Age is Kirby’s (credit is also given to Simon in this order) Captain America there’s little doubt the publisher would have successfully competed with Fawcett’s Captain Marvel and DC’s Superman without him. The Golden Age and rise of the first era of superheroes owes much to the Second World War and the evil tyrannical governments that challenged truth, justice, and the American Way. Comic book publishers tapped into the rising patriotism of the time and America needed new heroes. Schomburg’s classic war covers are examples of some of the best of the era. As are examples of Ray’s Superman, Beck’s Captain Marvel, and Raboy’s Captain Marvel Jr. The difference between Schomburg and the others is that he put out a much larger number of battle-action covers than his contemporaries. How many more of these covers did Schomburg do during the Golden Age (1938-1945) than Kirby and the others I mention? Schomburg was also an artist of his time. It’s evident in the corpus of his work. World War II and the Golden Age were his time. Kirby, on the other hand, was the visionary and creator who preceded his time and laid the foundation for future generations of comic book artists to follow. Jack was always ahead of the curve- sometimes way ahead to a point that didn’t initially help him but he took the risks and as the old adage goes, No risk, no gain. Still, Kirby’s shortened Golden Age time (remember that Jack went to war) will never be defined exclusively by his covers- he can’t because any attempt to look at one aspect of Kirby falls short of our seeing Jack through the necessary full prism. And it’s the artist who creates and sees what her/his contemporaries cannot that distinguishes them. This is the reason why a comparing Schomburg’s covers to Kirby’s during the Golden Age doesn’t tell the whole story and never will. Kirby isn’t just about the covers. Best not also forget the subjective preferences incorporated into our taste for art. As I’ve said before, asking whether one artist’s art is better than another’s is much of the underlying which do you like more? The better Golden Age cover artist comparison is Schomburg to Raboy (I’d post mine but can’t find the scanned photos!) and Mac was the superior cover artist who lacked what Alex had, the better books to draw the covers. Schomburg v. Raboy. To be continued...