Posted by on October 29th, 2010 at 9:12 AM

People could draw bodies back then, and there were still plenty of heroes who weren’t superheroes and therefore not wrapped in colored plastic with metal attachments. So comic book covers were heavy on the corrugated pecs, biceps, lats, etc. For example …

First, a Street & Smith title from 1944. Heritage doesn’t list a cover artist, so I don’t know. Too bad because it’s beautiful work.

The “super magician” of the title was Blackstone, an actual stage performer of the day. The issue is volume 2, number 10.

Next, a Bob Powell cover. Magazine Enterprises published the comic in 1953.

The issue is really, or also, A-1 Comics #94. Publishers would do that back then, have a long-running title that would somehow shed lead characters, issue numbers and even its name. Only the US Post Office knew for sure.

Last we have a Fiction House title from 1943. Nothing from Heritage about the cover artist.

Crowded composition and wooden figures, but the hippo and the guy have their anatomies lovingly drawn in. Unfortunately, the girl looks like she has been skimped.

Daily proverb. You ain’t tough until the shirt buttons pop!

Stan says. War Is Hell! Believe it –- read it today!

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