As interest in comic books and super heroes began to grow in the 1960s, several fly-by-night companies attempted to get in on the action. One such organization was Super Comics, published by Israel Waldman. Waldman's M.O. was to try to make a buck as cheaply as possible, and so for his Super Comics output, he … Continue reading Brand Echh – Plastic Man #16
It's the word balloon that really puts this one over the top, that and the strong primary red background. And that logo pops like crazy. Artwork by Jerry Grandinetti. A great cover that tells an entire story in a single image, and is cool as hell. You can understand why DC sold so many war … Continue reading Great Covers – G.I. COMBAT #54
This one's a little bit of a cheat, as the story I'm about to share with you doesn't concern Robotman, Elasti-Girl or negative man in any way, nor does it have any direct relevance on the World's Strangest Heroes apart from the similarity of name. But as the Doom Patrol's creators seemed to take inspiration … Continue reading The First Doom Patrol
My brother Ken was still picking up the occasional war comic, and I have a memory of this one coming home from the supermarket one day. DC's Dollar Comics initiative did make inroads into my local supermarket, at least for a while, so on that level it was a success. Even as a kid, I … Continue reading BHOC: G.I. COMBAT #206
My brother Ken was still on his war comic kick, and so this issue of G.I.COMBAT came into the house, eventually to wind up in my possession. In the 1970s, particularly at DC, there was still a robust publishing plan for genres apart from super heroes: war comics, western comics, romance comics (although those were … Continue reading BHOC: G.I.COMBAT #199
This next comic was definitely bought for my brother Ken. There was a period of about a year where he was interested in war comics, and bought a small bunch of them. At that stage, I really had no interest in war comics, or war in general, and so I didn’t pay them much mind, … Continue reading BHOC: G.I.COMBAT #197
dirtyriver: wonderful-strange: G.I. Combat #83, September 1960. Cover by Jerry Grandenetti and Jack Adler (washtones) Source: wonderful-strange
A really extreme angle on this one. Plus, free ice cream!
Another brilliant Jack Adler greytone cover, this time executed over the precision artwork of Russ Heath for this G.I. COMBAT cover. The coloring is lovely–I think the only misstep is the pink logo.
A very pretty Russ Heath Haunted Tank cover for an issue of G.I. COMBAT, made even more spectacular by the greytone work of Jack Adler. DC experimented with these sorts of greytone covers in the early 1960s to great effect–the end result always looked more photographic and more real.