One Panel #24-33: On Sale in 1937 Part 1

No one complained about my pressing fast-forward on Monday, so lets keep going at this furious pace.
From Spike Spalding: "Prince of Patrania: Part 17" by Vincent Sullivan, More Fun Comics #19 (Mar 1937)

I don't know anything about adventurer Spike Spalding, but he seems to have originated Stripesy's look. And Waldo's. The panel selecred omits one of the two kids he hangs out with, the one that's a terrible racist caricature.

From Bret Lawton: "The Peruvian Mine Murders (Part II)" by Creig Flessel, Detective Comics #2 (Apr 1937)

This talking head-style documentary about how to deal with ants in the home and jungle brought to you by Creig Flessel who, as much as Siegel & Shuster, was one of DC's earliest superstars/workhorses. He does a LOT of strips across all three of National Comics' first three titles. As we'll see.

From "Jungle Fever: Episode 1" by Ed Winiarski, New Adventure Comics #14 (Mar 1937)

Ed Winiarski... important influence on Gil Kane?

From "Slam Delivers the Message" by Jerry Siegel and Jim Bettersworth, Detective Comics #3 (May 1937)

Oh ouch. Here's what happens when Shuster gets sick or something. There is absolutely NO CALL for someone else to draw a Siegel script, especially if it's going to be this amateurish. Yuck! And only Slam Bradley's third appearance too.

From "Dizzies" by Vincent Sullivan(?), New Adventure Comics #15 (May 1937)

The standard of comedy in one-panel cartoons and limited-panel comic strips inserted in comics isn't high, I know, but this may just be the worst fat joke I've ever come across. Wow. Even if you think it's funny to laugh at obesity, this thing is so badly designed as to be puzzling. Eech.

From "The Claws of the Red Dragon (Part 4)" by Tom Hickey, Detective Comics #4 (Jun 1937)

ONLY a large black cat? That thing's terrifying. Intense scampering!

Keep black cats from becoming terrifying scamps, people. If you're going to adopt a cat, go to your local SPCA (don't encourage kitty mills), and take a black cat home with you. They are apparently the least adopted and the most abandoned, apparently because so many people still associate them with the Devil, witchcraft and/or bad luck. Ridiculous! Don't hold out for a tuxedo cat, get that black cat in your home and off the streets where its only role in life is jump scares.

This has been a PSA from the SBG. Preach.

From Wing Brady: "The Smugglers, Part 3" by Tom Hickey, More Fun Comics #21 (Jun 1937)

Something I wasn't expecting to see today (or any day): A vaguely suggestive burning pillow.

From The Adventures of Steve Conrad: "The Revenge of Devachan: Part 4" by Creig Flessel, New Adventure Comics #16 (Jun 1937)

More Flessel, as promised. Steve Conrad and his gal pal have been strung up by jungle Amazons, and are about to be rescued by a monkey. Because pulp.

From Spy!: "The Balinoff Case: Part 5" by Siegel & Shuster, Detective Comics #5 (Jul 1937)

An embarrassing moment from a lesser-known Siegel & Shuster strip called Spy! I mean, with a title like that, you sort of don't want Lois Lane--sorry, Sally--to recognize you on the plane.

From "Hanko the Cowhand" by Creig Flessel, More Fun Comics #22 (Jul 1937)
And we end this round on yet more Flessel work, this time showing he wasn't just about hard man adventure strips. A sweet romance done in a two-page strip. We catch Hanko on the upswing of telling his girl he loves her, and that's just nice, no matter what downswings succeed it.



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