Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Heroes of Rural Home Part VII

Whoops! I didn't mean for nearly four months to slip by without posting another installment of "The Heroes of Rural Home". I was hoping to keep the somewhat-monthly schedule I had going, but ... that's Life for ya!

Today's stories are Green Turtle & Jun-Gal from Blazing Comics # 4 (cover-date February 1945) and Steel Fist from Blue Circle Comics # 3 (September 1944). All of today's stories can be found at your local Golden Age comic book download website if you'ld like to see what else Blazing & Blue Circle Comics had to offer.

According to everyone else in the world, Green Turtle was drawn by Chu Hing, Jun-Gal was drawn by Harold De Lay and Steel Fist was drawn by Henry Carl Kiefer. I gotta say that while I'm impressed with De Lay's work, Kiefer's work on Steel Fist is kind of disappointing. Kiefer got started in comics in 1935, working on strips like Wing Brady and Just Suppose (with A.D. Kiefer, who I assume might be a sibling). Henry Kiefer would have a pretty long career in comics working for most of the major companies under a variety of names ("Karl Kief", for example). Some of his work is really nice, such as his "Famous Poems" and other similar features, but his work on Steel Fist is lacking the detail & style that I've grown fond of ... or maybe he simply wasn't suited for superhero stories. On that note, here's a few pages of Kiefer's earlier work.

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