One Panel #310-313: Quality Eloquence

From "Doll Man Joins the Army" by John Celardo (as William Erwin Maxwell), Feature Comics #41 (February 1941)

When you have the art to back it up, it's easier to go wordless. Not that comics in the Golden Age did it very often. But here is a collection of efficient panels from Quality Comics that didn't feel the need to over-explain their contents. In Doll Man's case, it's a splash panel, but they nevertheless didn't slap any kind of copy on it. America is going to war, and our hero heeds the call.

From Quicksilver: "The Rocket Destructor" by Nick Cardy, National Comics #8 (February 1941)

Sometimes you don't need to overthink it. Max Mercury loves punching crooks and that's all you have to now.

From Neon the Unknown: "The Woman and the Bund" by Tagor Maroy and Alex Blum (only Maroy signs the strip), Hit Comics #8 (February 1941)

Presumably, Neon likes it too, though he is a more sober character. He likes it so much, he also does it on the cover.

From Espionage Starring Black X: "You are to enlist at the armory as a raw recruit..." by Lane French and John Celardo (as Will Erwin), Smash Comics #19 (February 1941)

Yes, there's a caption, but also an elegant simplicity. Note how Doll Man's John Celardo signs this strip. Similar but different. I wonder if there's a reason.



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