Wednesday, January 25, 2012

FRANCES CRAIG "Routine Assignment"

Though the opening caption refers to an unpublished story...
...this never-reprinted tale from Eagle Comics #2 (1945) could've been the beginning of a kool ongoing strip!
Regrettably, this was the last issue of Eagle Comics, and feisty aviatrix Frances Craig never appeared anywhere, ever again.
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Monday, January 16, 2012

PHANTOM LADY in "Vortex of Scoundrels and Scandal!"

Page 1 of the story is the book's 2-color inside cover.
More Matt Baker "good girl" art in the first of three stories from Phantom Lady #14!
When this story was reprinted as the cover feature in Daring Adventures #12, the splash page was left out, because the reprint publisher didn't have the cover printing plates, only the interiors for this issue!
FYI: Covers (on slick paper) and insides (on newsprint) are printed on separate presses and combined later.
Because the splash page was missing, the reprint editor didn't know the original title, and renamed the story "The Great Stamp Robbery"!
The splash page above is blue and black, not four-color, because, until recently, inside covers of comics were either b/w or 2-color, with the second color being either cyan (blue, as in this case) or magenta (pinkish-red).
Since the plates for the cover weren't available, a new cover by Joe Simon was commissioned, which was nowhere as nice as the original Matt Baker cover, and features Sandra Knight's boyfriend Ted being much more heroic than in the actual story!
You can see one of Matt Baker's 1950s romance stories at our sister blog True Love Comics Tales.
For those interested in writer Ruth Roche and / or artist Matt Baker, the books below will be of interest.

featuring goodies emblazoned with cover art that Fredric Wertham railed against in Seduction of the Innocent.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Marsha A Hunt

Though born in America, Marsha A. Hunt found fame and success in Europe.
She first caught the public's eye in the London stage production of Hair where her striking appearance lead to fashion modeling (including British Vogue) and her singing voice lead to studio and on-stage backup singing!
A solarized graphic of Marsha was used as the iconic image on the original theatrical poster
She also had co-starring roles in a number of films, including several genre flicks.
Marsha has written a number of well-received novels, an autobiography, a memoir about her battle with breast cancer and is currently writing a book about Jimi Hendrix.
She still performs on stage in England, including a play based on one of her novels and directed by her daughter.
Trivia: She was romantically-involved with Mick Jagger, and had a child with him.
Jagger's song "Brown Sugar" was written about his affair with her.
Genre appearances include...
Sender (Nurse Jo)
Howling II: Your Sister is a WereWolf (Mariana)
Dracula A.D. 1972 (Gaynor)
Check out...
Marsha's Official WebSite
(Note: as of 1/5/2012, site is currently inactive)

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