Tuesday, April 30, 2013

World's Finest # 7, Fall, 1942

One of the famous gung ho covers, often cited for its phallic implications. This issue was one of a couple reprinted in black and white facsimile editions in the early seventies by TBG founder Alan Light. 

Aquaman's out in favor of Green Arrow already. Were they just floundering around (no pun intended) trying to find a good mix or were they purposely keeping things fluid?

The Superman stories in WF at this time easily trumped the stories in his regular titles in my opinion, both in story (presumably still Siegel) and art (by various Shuster ghosts).

Note Supes leaving his fancy mountain house to fly to the rescue. GCD has this as by Ed Dobrotka and John Sikela.

Another amazing S&K splash here.

This nifty Superman image is from, of all places, one of the issue's two text stories and shows Superman on-screen. See back cover for more info on that. GCD credits Fred Ray with this illustration.

An impressive splash debuts The Green Arrow's stories here alongside his run in MORE FUN. Bernard Klein gets the art credit. It's a longish, well-done and fairly straight story so enjoy the whole thing!


Credited to Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson--take that for what you will--this was one of the Batman stories Kane himself opted to reprint in his allegedly ghostwritten autobiography decades later.


Below is, of course, an ad for the Max Fleischer animated version of SUPERMAN, now considered a classic in stylish animation which, to many fans remains a high water mark in the field.


1 comment:

  1. Fine issue. They don't called it World's Finest for nothing!!!

    Whoever made the Superman cartoons ad might as well confused, since there is no Superman cartoon called "Twin Trouble", but there is one mentioned called "Showdown" (The second Famous Studios cartoon), which contains a goofy guy dressed as Superman. I think they meant that. And, there is no "The" in the title of "Japoteurs".

    The Warner/DC set is truly the best overall, for it's well-preserved and restored three-color Technicolor glory, and I recommended it!