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The offbeat publisher Star Comics was run by L.B. Cole, a man who put great faith in bright colors and striking surreal cover designs. Today a great number of these are classics, including the three he contributes here. Inside we are treated to FIVE fun new stories from the eccentric but always fun Jay Disbrow. Plus appearances from jungle goddesses Rulah and Jo-Jo. A cool bonus is Spook one-shot from 1946, with a stunning cover and a Mr. Lucifer story by John Giunta, plus work by Howie Post and the always bizarre Munson Paddock.
the 1946 Spook was very special because it was published by Bernard Baily, who had already had a long career at DC but was trying to branch out and do his own comics. His shop's work was always above par, and this is one of his best efforts. John Giunta is little known today, but he introduced Frank Frazetta to comics when he hired Frank to help on his backgrounds and other work, and you can see the cross influence as Giunta looks a LOT like early Frazetta.
Also in Spook 1946 is Munson Paddock's strange story, "The Obi Makes Jumbee, " which stars a beautiful dancing girl. Paddock was a very interesting artist who worked on the pre-hero DC titles such as New Adventure and More Fun. An entire serial by him is collected in DC Comics Before Superman: Major Malcolm Wheeler Nicholson's Pulp Comics. It's called "Blood Pearls" and we have a scan from it with our online listing of that book.
Editor L.B. Cole was trying his best at Star, but with a lack of money he was mixing in reprints with new material. His covers are all new and they are always wild works. He also was smart enough to hire Jay Disbrow and usually had at least one new story in each issue by Jay, and these along with the covers are worth the price of admission.
But in the interests of full disclosure, the balance of many issues were mostly reprints from publishers Fox and Novelty. A typical Star issue -- and these gems from Star's Spook title are prime examples -- would include work from the likes of Ken Battefield, George Peltz, Rudy Palais, Vern Henkel, (ex of Quality comics) and Howard Larson, whose unusual work is a highlight on many an Avon title.
Here we have two reprints of Sergeant Spook stories from Blue Bolt Comics circa 1946, a Rulah tale from a 1948 Rulah #21, called "Jade of Death" which though looking like Matt Baker is probably solely done by the Iger shop. But what's fun is they've replaced the original splash page with art done by L.B. Cole, perhaps new. The Jo-Jo story is reprinted from Jo-Jo #24 from 1949. Artist Howard Larson draws a superhero story, Pete Stockbridge, Alias the Chamelion, in " Killer's Holiday." This is reprinted from a 1945 issue of Target Comics.
"The Thing from Beyond," a top-drawer classic story by Jay Disbrow is actually reprinted from Blue Bolt Weird Tales of Horror from two years earlier, in 1952. On the other hand, Disbrow provides a brand-new cover for Spook #30 and it's a fine one. He didn't do many covers, and this one shows the influence of L.B. Cole. The entire issue #30, the final issue of this title, is reprinted from Blue Bolt Weird Tales of Terror #114 from 1952.
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Item Code PCS02H Publisher PS Artbooks Publish Date 2018 ISBN 9781786361509 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 7x10 # Pages 184pg Color Full Color