Monday, May 6, 2013

Reading Room: CRAZY "Tess Orbit: Lace Cadet"

MAD wasn't the only satire anthology comic in the pre-Code days...
..though it was both the best-known and best written/drawn of an entire herd of titles!
Atlas (later Marvel) Comics published four humor anthology titles simultaneously, and, as you might guess, with the talent pool spread pretty thin, the quality ran the gamut from occasionally-inspired to gouge-your-eyeballs-out BAD!
This never-reprinted tale, spoofing the TV/radio series Tom Corbett: Space Cadet, was probably the best story in Crazy #1 (1953), and actually feels more like one of the risque PussyCat shorts the Marvel Bullpen did for Martin Goodman's laddie mags in the 1960s than a kids' comic.
(Goodman owned both Marvel and a magazine publishing company until he sold Marvel in 1972.)
The strip is illustrated by Al Hartley, who did a lot of romance work (along with some sci-fi and horror) and eventually became a mainstay of Archie Comics in the late 1960s through the '70s.
(For the record, Hartley also co-created and illustrated Atlas' Leopard Girl I for her entire run)
But the writer is unknown.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thanx for posting!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...