Friday, April 6, 2018

Friday Fun JETTA OF THE 21st CENTURY "My Cosmic Hero"

...so as long as we're completing re-presenting the Jetta series, we'll upgrade with these superior scans thanks to the amazing Kracalactaka!
Let's look at a typical evening at the drive-in, supposedly set in the early 21st Century (aka NOW)...as presented in 1952!
(I'm still waiting for my flying car!)
If the art style looks familiar, it's the work of Dan DeCarlo, who helped establish the iconic "look" of Archie Comics!
Dan actually started at Atlas Comics (the 1940s-50s predecessor to Marvel Comics) doing a variety of humor strips before beginning a long-term run on various Archie titles in 1951.
Even then, he continued to work for a number of other publishers, including Standard Comics, who asked him to create, write, and illustrate a teen-humor series.
(Every publisher had at least one of them!)
Jetta of the 21st Century was the only one set in the future.
This particular tale is from the series' premiere issue, #5 (1952)!
In the 1950s, Standard tended to begin series with #5, believing readers would pick up the book, wondering "How did I miss the first four issues of this kool book?"
It rarely worked...
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