19 June 2018

Sue & Sally - Honorary Fly Girls

Today we look at a forgotten nomination for Fly Girl status - Sue And Sally Smith - Flying Nurses:

The Smith sisters, Sue and Sally, were billed as Flying Nurses and, indeed, they did a lot of flying...

A lot of flying, especially given they only had seven issues. (And we're not showing all of their flights here). The girls were both adventurers, no denying that. Let's take a look at the cover featured tale from their first issue - #48. (Yeah...  comics) ...

 You might note that Sue and Sally come with a mighty fine pedigree - stories were usually pencilled by Joe Sinnott, often with Vince Colletta's inks, and covers were by Dick Giordano. This was back in late '62 and early '63 - just shortly before Joe was to begin his legendary run with Jack Kirby on Fantastic Four.

Now, while the sisters were not pilots, they did fly into danger and were willing to leave the plane to do it...

...but it's their adventure in #52 that offers the most convincing argument...

When the pilot's out, they land the plane together.
Yep. I'm calling it in their favour - Sue & Sally may not technically be Fly Girls, but we're giving the Flying Nurses HFG* status. They earned it.

Here's a couple more covers - one for the first story above, and the one that goes with the parachuting splash -

story pages by Joe Sinnott and Vince Colletta from Sue And Sally Smith, Flying Nurses #s 48 & 52. (1962, 1963)

18 June 2018

Skin Tight Promise

We've got a bit of light fun today for

Written by Elaine Lee (of Starstruck fame, among other notables) for the 1995 Skin Tight Orbit collection, this was one of a set of stories put together under the premise of "Who said women can't write horny stuff?"

While the entire book was written by Elaine, each story in the volume was illustrated by a different artist. The three part tale, Promise Her Anything, featured artwork from Mary Wilshire, whose mid-80s work on Red Sonja is still fondly remembered by many. (Myself included) Among her other noteworthy works - she designed the iconic Blues Brothers logo.

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pages by Elaine Lee and Mary Wilshire for Skin Tight Orbit (1995)

Blue Monday Calendar 2018 Week 25

So, apparently yesterday was Father's Day. Not something that surviving-parent-less hermits are generally prone to tracking. Nor something that sons of hermits are particularly good at noting, either. But it does seem to be something that girlfriends of sons of hermits are aware of, and so yesterday was confiscated from me. (But the food was good)

Back now, so let's get started on the new week with Gil Elvgren's lovely lady featured in Red, White, And Blue (Red, Hot, And Blue)* from 1966 -

Red, White, And Blue (Red, Hot, And Blue) by Gil Elvgren (1966)

*(Not to be confused with the excellent Aids benefit album of Cole Porter music by the same name)

16 June 2018

A-1 Weekend Funnies

Feeling like some old "Funnies" style comics, so let's jump back to the 1940s for some old strips from A-1 Comics. We'll be avoiding the main/cover features today - looking at some of the little back-up/filler strips instead.

Let's get things rolling with a quick single page strip with Dorry Dripple, by Bulford Tune -

Oh, hey! Let's sneak in an old caveman comic, Rocky The Stone-Age Kid, with art by Frank Engli. Four pages isn't going to earn him a spot in the caveman comics feature, but he can still rock the funnies here -

Ferdinand Johnson, of Moon Mullins fame, not to mention Texas Slim (whom we'll be mentioning soon anyway), brings us a short strip starring Little Mexico -

Another "South Of The Border" tale comes to us from the mysterious Macphail, a story of Inca Dinca -

Before Richie Rich, there was Teddy Rich, with art by Ted Miller (and son?).
Say... What was Richie Rich's father's name? (Actually, it was probably Richard and there's likely some numbers in there somewhere. (Thus spaketh III))

 For our final tale today, an 8-pager with both words and art from Macphail. This story of George And The Dragon, along with the Inca Dinca strip above, are the only two stories recorded in the Grand Comics Database by Macphail. So far as i know, this comprises the totality of his (her?) comic book work -

I find Macphail's style to be entertaining and wonder if there isn't more hiding out there, waiting to be discovered...

page art from A-1 Comics #s 2-6 (1946)