Cindy #37*

Cindy #37*

Cindy Comics, published by Timely, ran for a total of 12 issues, numbered #27 to #38. Issue #37, released in December 1948, is a notable piece of artwork in the series.

The cover of #37 deviates from traditional comic covers, leaning more towards the style of WWII aviation “nose art” or pin-up illustrations. Interestingly, the illustrator of this cover, like many others in the Timely comics, remains uncredited. Despite exhaustive searches yielding no answers, insight was gained from Michael Vassallo, publisher of the Timely-Atlas-Comics blog.

Cindy #37 “Jimmy Peterson Collection”

Vassallo revealed that Ken Bald was the primary artist for Cindy’s appearances, under the editorial guidance of Stan Lee. However, the cover of issue #37 stands out as it features an artist not commonly associated with the series “that’s a strange cover that features an artist who is not one of the usual suspects.” Vassallo speculated that Earl James, possibly the same artist behind the interior stories, could be responsible for the cover. This speculation gains some credibility from James’ credited work on Willie Comics #19, which shares stylistic similarities with Cindy #37.

The cover of Cindy #37 has garnered admiration from collectors, some have described it as a masterpiece. I owned four copies pictured here and still have the Jimmy Peterson copy.  Consider its simplicity and subtlety – the shadow of the phone cord falling on Cindy’s elbow, the contrasting sense of urgency, and the differing perception of time between Cindy and the gentleman waiting on the couch. The artwork subtly weaves an element of tension, transcending mere depiction of a pretty girl.

Despite the acclaim, it’s surprising how little information is available about this comic. With over 65 years having passed since its creation, the likelihood of uncovering new details diminishes. Regrettably, the inability to definitively credit the creator of this standout work remains a challenge. Yet, as with the gentleman on the couch in the illustration, the urgency of such acknowledgment may not align with Cindy’s own priorities.

Cindy #37*

Cindy #37*

Cindy #37*

Cindy #37*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* sold copy