Friday, May 31, 2013

World's Finest # 38, January/February, 1949

This issue was out at Christmastime in 1948, a particularly bland time for comic books. This explains in part why the DOC AND FATTY story is the most interesting story in this fairly bland issue!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

World's Finest # 37, November/December, 1948

A striking design-oriented cover for a change highlights an up and down issue. The SUPERMAN story has a great Boring splash and the BATKAN story at back has a dark and unusual Jim Mooney one. 

Fans of DAYS OF ADVENTURE will perhaps recall the Novermber, 1948 issue of that other DC comic which, like this one, had an inordinate amount of coverage of baseball player Bob Feller. Here we see the same thing. Feller was part of the World Series champion Cleveland Indians that Fall but this issue would have been on the stands most likely in August.

A glorified multi-page PSA gets second spot on the bill? What were they thinking?

Babe Ruth? What about Bob Feller??

Lots of comic strip ads this issue.

Hi, Bob. he is one last time.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

World's Finest # 36, September/October, 1948

This was one of the first Golden Age comics I ever owned, purchased for $5.00 in the mid-seventies. Even as Golden Age comics go, though, it's a bit of a let-down. TOMAHAWK's place is taken up by DOC AND FATTY from ALL-FUNNY COMICS as well as a "true" filler.

"Doc" seems to be based on comedian Robert Woolsey, already deceased ten years by this point which means the ten year olds who were the fan base of comics would never have heard of him. A fun story, though, with art by Howard Sherman.