Monday, April 30, 2018

Reading Room FANTASTIC COMICS "Space Smith and the Leopard Women of Venus"

Weird we have two stories featuring both the planet Venus and evil women two days in a row, eh?
BTW, if you want to understand what's going on, read HERE and HERE before continuing.
Some call Fletcher Hanks the "Ed Wood of comics", but there's no mistaking the sheer imagination behind the primitive art.
When comic books featuring new material (they were initially comic strip reprints) first appeared in the late 1930s, it was an "anything goes" market as publishers would run whatever they could lay their hands on from comic strip and pulp magazine professionals as well as talented (read "cheap") amateurs.
Some, like Siegel & Shuster, Simon & Kirby, and Finger & Kane created what would become American icons.
Others. like Hanks, were like mayflies, briefly appearing...then disappearing, leaving little behind.
Even comics geeks had forgotten about Hanks' material, which sat un-reprinted for over half a century, until Fantagraphics produced a couple of books collecting his work from the various anthology titles it appeared in!
We're now running the entire Space Smith series every Monday, including Hanks' work and the later, more conventional tales by others (including a few surprise contributors).
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