Jul 19, 2010

This comic is more Duper than Super !!! It was published by Cartoon Art Periodicals in the UK during that no man’s land period between the end of the Second World War and the beginning of modern recorded history (which as we all know was 1956 !!!). Along with similar companies like Gerald G. Swan Ltd they churned out incredibly cheap looking, unbelievably unsophisticated, comics that (from a distance, squinting with one eye closed ) were imitations of the (then poorly distributed here) American comics of the time.

I don’t own a copy of this comic alas, so thanks to the original scanner for making it available to the world at large. The artwork varies from “interesting” to “sub-fanzine standard”. This crumbling artefact is beyond parody and of interest only to a handful of comics historians. The recent weighty “Great British Fantasy Comic Book Heroes” edited by Mike Higgs is the best place (nay, its the ONLY place) to see more of this type of forgotten comic art from the late 1940s/early 1950s.

2 Responses to “Super-Duper”

  1. Terry Hooper Says:

    You need to check out if you’ve interest in the 1940s characters. Black Tower Comics has five Golden Age volumes out.

    And you are right -some of the art in those comics was sub-zine standard…but fun!

  2. Hi Terry

    Thanks for the info. I’ve often visited your comicbitsonline site. It is the top place for detailed info on British (and elsewhere) comics and books of the past present and future.

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