Forgotten Masterpiece: MILITARY COMICS #1 and the Death Patrol

Quality Comics was one of the best publishers during the Golden Age of Comics, and true to their name, the quality level of all of their titles was high. In part, this was due to the fact that Will Eisner did editorial work for the early Quality line and helped to innovate a number of … Continue reading Forgotten Masterpiece: MILITARY COMICS #1 and the Death Patrol

Forgotten Masterpiece: FUNNYMAN #1

The basics are a familiar story to anybody who studies the history of comics. Young creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster sell the rights to their creation Superman to what would become DC/National Comics. As their ten-year contract to produce the strip was reaching its end and fearing that National wouldn't re-up it, the pair … Continue reading Forgotten Masterpiece: FUNNYMAN #1

Forgotten Masterpiece: When Brooklyn Was Superman

When the strip was first introduced (in the pages of DETECTIVE COMICS of all places), Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's Boy Commandos was an immediate sensation. Graduating into its own title several months later, the earliest issues of the series were among the best-selling that DC put out during that period--on a par with SUPERMAN … Continue reading Forgotten Masterpiece: When Brooklyn Was Superman

Forgotten Masterpiece: Scribbly Returns!

Sheldon Mayer is one of the most important figures in the Golden Age of Comics, though he's one that relatively few people have heard about. An obsessive cartoonist, Mayer broke into the business at a young age, in the era in which comic books were just starting out. For a time, he worked at the … Continue reading Forgotten Masterpiece: Scribbly Returns!

Forgotten Masterpiece: ALL FUNNY COMICS #16

I only became aware of this story recently, and it has an aspect to it that may have been overlooked to some. So I'm going to feature it here. In the postwar era, the public's taste in comic books shifted away from super heroes towards other genres. Notably, humor comics became quite popular, and like … Continue reading Forgotten Masterpiece: ALL FUNNY COMICS #16

Forgotten Masterpiece: The Unofficial Inter-Company Crossover between the New Teen Titans and the DNAgents

This is one of those staged events where, even while it was happening, a lot of people in fandom were unaware of it. This despite the fact that it wasn't truly disguised at all. It's somewhat remarkable that a thing of this nature happened in this way this late in the game--though similar things happened … Continue reading Forgotten Masterpiece: The Unofficial Inter-Company Crossover between the New Teen Titans and the DNAgents

Forgotten Masterpiece: The Lost and Most Obscure Marvel/DC Crossover

SUPERMAN VS THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, the first of the real DC and Marvel crossovers (putting aside the WIZARD OF OZ co-produced Treasury) was an enormous success for both companies. Despite being priced at $2.00 as a time when regular comic books were only 30 cents, it sold in huge quantities--enough to make DC look for … Continue reading Forgotten Masterpiece: The Lost and Most Obscure Marvel/DC Crossover

Forgotten Masterpiece: The Buried Newspaper Marriage of Superman and Lois Lane, Part 3

When we left things off on this sequence revising the two-year marriage between Clark Kent and Lois Lane in the SUPERMAN newspaper strip between 1949 and 1952, and its eventual disillusionment, Lois had penned an article revealing to the world that her husband was really the Man of Steel. Making his way to the Daily … Continue reading Forgotten Masterpiece: The Buried Newspaper Marriage of Superman and Lois Lane, Part 3

Forgotten Masterpiece: PRIZE COMICS #24

We've talked before recently about how, despite the success of the Justice Society of America in ALl-STAR COMICS, no other comic book companies really ever set forth with their own teams of costumed crime-busters. There were a couple of one-off team-up stories here and there, but that was about it. This is one of those. … Continue reading Forgotten Masterpiece: PRIZE COMICS #24

Forgotten Masterpiece: The Buried Newspaper Marriage of Superman and Lois Lane, Part 2

December 20, 1949: Clark Kent marries Lois Lane, for real! As we related last time https://tombrevoort.com/2022/02/21/forgotten-masterpiece-the-buried-marriage-of-superman-and-lois-lane/ In the daily SUPERMAN newspaper strip, at the end of 1949, Clark Kent and Lois Lane got legitimately married. It was clear, looking at those strips, that the marriage was intended to be a dream on the part of … Continue reading Forgotten Masterpiece: The Buried Newspaper Marriage of Superman and Lois Lane, Part 2