Thursday, December 16, 2010

Calling All Cars (Chesler;1941)

This golden age story from Dynamic Comics #1 (Oct 1941) appears to be a rather blatant knock off of National / DC's similarly titled "Calling All Cars" feature, which was later renamed "Radio Squad", and originally created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. I'm sure everybody recognizes those two names.

The name of DC's lead character was Sandy Kean, and here the introductory blurb for this story even describes featured characters Powers and O'Shay as being members of "the famous radio squad."

Confused? Yeah, me too.



Mykal Banta said...

Chuck: Page after page of stunning artwork. Page 5 is my favorite - that amazing chase seen from so many different perseptives. Just great stuff. The artist also has an amazing way with an action panel! Nice to see two irish cops as heroes! Ah, she's a pretty little Coleen!

Chuck Wells said...

Glad you liked it, Mykal. Don't forget to tune in next Thursday for a related "police" story from the same issue.

rnigma said...

It seems that in many old movies/radio shows/comics, cops were depicted as Irish - probably because the NYPD in its early years was staffed largely with Irish immigrants, and their sons went on to become cops.

There was a radio show called "Calling All Cars" that ran from 1933 to '39, but mainly on the west coast.