Sunday, June 30, 2013

World's Finest # 67, November/December, 1953

Whoa! A serious cover for a change. Another dull issue, though, burning off still more DANGER TRAIL as well as the inexplicably long-running DOVER AND CLOVER from MORE FUN COMICS. Green Arrow wins the dorkiest villain of the month award for The Octopus, one of about 600 villains with that name in comics, movies, radio and pulps through the years. 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

World's Finest # 66, September/October, 1953

A nice exciting cover. Hopefully no one by this point expected anything like this on the inside.

Overall, 1953 was not DC's biggest year. According to this ad, the company's biggest assets were Superman, Batman, Bob Hope, Dean and Jerry and Mutt and Jeff.

Still burning off DANGER TRAIL stories, here we get some gorgeous Alex Toth work. The artist had started at DC nearly a decade earlier and had very quickly developed a unique and modern style that just kept developing in the years to come.

Friday, June 28, 2013

World's Finest # 65, July/August, 1953

Hey, the girls are back! Does Lois know about these covers? And more importantly, does neither one of them have a younger sister for Robin?

Also back this ish is TOMAHAWK. As we mentioned, this series is surprisingly popular, appearing in several titles including, for about two decades, its own!

More leftover DANGER TRAIL.

Seriously, why did DC never give Henry Boltinoff his own comic?

Kane, Schwartz and Paris are credited on GCD as the artists on this particularly good BATMAN tale with lots of references to earlier stories and one of the biggest Batmobiles you will ever see. I'd hate to have to try to park that sucker!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

World's Finest # 64, May/June, 1953

This has long been one of my favorite covers. The main features themselves are very much early Silver Agey (even though a few years early to be called that). Lois fakes her death and takes on a new identity  and Alfred pulls off a successful impersonation of Bruce Wayne. 

Yet another leftover DANGER TRAIL tale, this one nicely drawn by Carmine Infantino. Years later, when Carmine was running the company, WORLD'S FINEST would be canceled.