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Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
There you have it the first SANDMAN story. Or is it? The prevailing info seems to indicate that it was the first written and drawn but that another SANDMAN story by the same team (see splash panel below) appeared on the stands weeks earlier in DC's one-shot (that became a two-shot) NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR COMICS, an anthology combining stories of most of the company's most popular characters to that point.
The character would continue to appear in this incarnation for a few years and be included in the legendary JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA, the first "superhero group." The later costumed superhero version, along with sidekick Sandy, would have a long and popular run with the majority of their adventures done by the team of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Revived in the sixties and then in an all-new version in the seventies, writer Neil Gaiman would cleverly tie-in and tie-up the mythos and go a whole different direction in the creation of his award-winnning SANDMAN series of the nineties.
Sheldon Moldoff would become well-known for the obvious use of photo-refernce in his HAWKMAN and BLACK PIRATE strips. Clearly he had perfected same in his various sports and movie-related one-pagers in the DC titles.
Little by little over the next few months, changes would start taking place. Big changes. Adventurous changes!
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Above, SUPERMAN now gets the text ad treatment.
New logos and new features still kept coming. BATTER UP! above is by Paul Gustavson. Although little remembered today outside of true Golden Age buffs, he would go on to be one of the most prolific and memorable of the Golden Age superhero artists, known particularly for Timely's ANGEL.
The panel below proves that while occasional nudity and rampant violence and blood were apparently not an issue, Editor Sullivan was not about to cross the profanity line.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
BARRY O'NEIL continues to be the flagship serial now that FEDERAL MEN has been notably dulled down. GCD even credits this period to the Shuster "Shop" rather than Shuster.