Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Art of Reading: "Judy and the Leopard Men" (Standard; 1949)

The Art of Reading: Golden age comics typically included short text stories, usually accompanied by a panel or two of artwork in order to qualify for magazine mailing rates. These 2-3 page filler tales served their purpose well enough, but in the absence of any eye-appealing art (as was often the case), I doubt that many kids gave them the time of day. Today’s entry starring Judy of the Jungle is from Exciting Comics #67 (May 1949); originally published by the house of many names: Better/Standard/Nedor/Pines. The script for “Judy and the Leopard Men” is credited to "Charles S. Strong" and there are three wonderful art panels to ogle by Art Saaf. The Catacombs is grateful to Don "Zu-Gogo" Falkos for providing the scans for this story. Note: The copyright for this issue, its contents and artwork belong to the original publisher and/or the creators and is reproduced here solely for entertainment purposes. 


1 comment:

Daniel [] said...

These short text stories, and brief articles (typically on historical subjects) lasted into my Silver Age childhood. And, yeah, normally I just skipped them, even after I'd become an avid consumer to paper-back fiction.

Later, they were almost completely displaced by letters pages and by PR shop-talk — Stan Lee bloviating on what was happening in the Marvel bullpen, or somesuch.