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From Crime Smashers #2, December 1950, comes the second comic book appearance of our Hollywood Detective. This one, like last week's adventure, was probably a reprint from Dan's pulp mag. It was scanned for comicbookplus by loftypilot. If you missed Dan's gig in Crime Smashers #1, that's HERE.
77 Sunset Strip was the best TV detective show ever, and, as an extra added attraction, this tale was illustrated by Alex Toth. It's from Four Color #1106, from Jun-Aug 1960, and scanned for comicbookplus by Dell4c. It's the ginchiest, dad.
The great pulp illustrator Everett Raymond Kinstler did many, many contents pages for the inside front covers of Avon comics. These three were for various titles starring you-know-who. Kinstler also did many interior stories, but the colors and poor printing muddied up his inking, dampening the effect. More Kinstler coming soon!
Leafing through this one in the bookstore, I knew it did not feature any of those guys, but couldn't tell who the heroes were. And it took a few chapters to find out. That's a good thing. Tuttle had a knack of introducing characters so immediately rich and likable that just about any of them would make suitable protagonists. In some books, the supporting cast carries the story for as much as half the story before the heroes come ambling along.
In this case, they arrive in Chapter 4, and several more chapters - with more important and entertaining interaction among the other characters - pass before it becomes apparent who's here to save the day. And even after we know who the heroes are, they don't monopolize the action - they merely become the most important cogs in an ensemble cast.
So okay already, you're saying, who the heck are these guys? Like Hashknife and Sleepy, Sad Sontag and Swede Harrison are itchy-footed cowpokes who sometimes function as range detectives. In this book, they're cattle buyers who do their best to mind their own business. But when mysteries and murders and injustice start boiling up around them, they just can't resist taking cards in the game.
The game here is cattle rustling on a grand scale, while the killing and mayhem are by-products of the scheme. The story is complex, with a huge cast of folks good, bad, and inbetween. As usual, Tuttle dishes out plenty of humor, and brings it all to a rousing and satisfying finish.
On later investigation, I learned that Sad and Swede had a long-running series appearing in Short Stories and West in the '20s and '30s. Like this one, many of those adventures made their way into hardcover. How many, I don't know, but I'll be seeking them out, and you'll likely be hearing about them here.
I have about 25 issues of Dan's pulp mag, Hollywood Detective, ranging from 1942 to 1950, and nary a one of them has a comic story drawn by anyone but Adolphe Barreaux. Does that mean this one, from Crime Smashers #4 of April 1951 was a comic book original? Nope, but it makes me wonder. In later issues we'll see stories that look a lot less like pulp reprints than this one. Thanks to darwination for uploading this ish to comicbookplus.
It's available HERE.
Military Comics #2, from Sept. 1941 saw the first appearance of the Blackhawk Squadron and their familiar Grumman Skyrocket planes. The art is credited to Chuck Cuidera and Bill Smith. This was one was kindly posted to comicbookplus by djingo. If you missed the Origin of Blackhawk from Military Comics #1, it's HERE.
I had fond memories of this one, and had been looking forward to a second reading for a long time. Maybe that was the problem - that my expectations were too high. At any rate, this time through, I didn't really dig it.
Sure, it's well written. Probably better written than most of the fifty or more other pastiches I read after this one. Stylistically, it's great. And yeah, it's a clever idea, with many clever touches. But the story - about Watson tricking Holmes into visiting Sigmund Freud to be cured of his cocaine adiction - seemed rather tedious.
Though Meyer (via Watson) plays it cagey and avoids naming Freud until our two heroes are sitting in the doctor's office, it's really no surprise. Any reader who read the inside of the dust jacket or peeked at the back of the paperback knew what was coming. For me, having done both those things, plus read the book and seen the movie, it was just sort of sad.
Two-thirds of the way through the book, the story shifts gears, giving Holmes a case to solve. And the sadness is finally gone. But the new plot is only mildly engaging, and the book is saved by a wildly melodramic and totally cinematic finale that's about as non-Sherlockian as you can get. Was the big finish entertaining? You bet. It was the best part of the film version of The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, too. But it was like something out of an old B-Western (if Roy Rogers didn't use that gimmick, he should have).
This all sounds more negative than I intended, because it's really a pretty good book. It just wasn't as good as my memory of it, and I probably wasn't in the right mood. For this I blame Robert Jordan, because I was still under the spell of one his Conan books, and should have read another instead of shifting to Sherlock.
From December of 1936, and Detective Picture Stories #1, comes this tale of two famous detectives (one of whom is undoubtedly a great uncle of Duane Spurlock). It was uploaded to comicbookplus by stopper75, and story and art is credited to John A. Patterson. Another Spurlock and Watkins story (in black & white, alas) appeared in the next issue, and can be read HERE.
A third adventure (once again in color) will appear here too soon for some, not soon enough for others.