Wednesday, April 24, 2013
here, here, here, here and here! However, I am still so enamored of these brilliant vintage comic book covers that I feel the need to point them out just one more time. They provide eye-catching, sometimes campy (as in the wigged-out, above left shot of Robert Wagner in one of his least fondly-remembered movie roles, that of Prince Valiant in 1954), conversation pieces and also give us, if not priceless, at least rare examples of publicity portraiture from classic TV shows and movies. While often the artwork inside is rudimentary and sub-par, the covers themselves are frequently delightful. Most of these blow up to a very nice size if opened in a new tab or window, btw...
One thing that's fun about these comics of the 1950s and '60s is that they gave fans of black and white TV shows (at a time when color TV sets were few and far between, even if a show happened to be in color!) the opportunity to see their favorite stars as they actually appeared. Take this amusing shot of the child stars of Leave It to Beaver (1957-1963.) I don't think anyone who loves that show could be disappointed with an item like this in their hands.
Sam J. Jones in their hands (though his Playgirl photos were better, natch!)