On issue #26 of the Head De Vine, Hedy is depicted performing an impressive ice skating barrel jump, while in #29, she is depicted as “winning” a tennis championship. These issues were published in April and October 1948, respectively. As one of Timely Comics‘ career girl characters, Hedy also made appearances in “Millie the Model,” alongside Tessie the Typist, and in various issues of “Venus.” Later in the series, it transformed into “Hedy of Hollywood.” However, it’s crucial to note that Hedy De Vine should not be confused with the Hedy of “Pasty and Hedy” — that character was Hedy Wolfe.

These comics essentially served as the pre-television era equivalents of situation comedy. Much like any episode of “Friends,” they thrived on saucy mix-ups and jealous boyfriends, which remain popular narrative elements driving ratings today. Some modern comic collectors are also drawn to the “Hey Look” filler stories inside by Harvey Kurtzman.

Hedy De Vine #29

Hedy De Vine #29

Annie Oakley #3

Annie Oakley #3

This entire series falls into a category of comics where specific information about artists and writers is not readily available. However, it’s generally understood that most (if not all) of the series were written by Stan Lee and drawn by Ed Winiarski. Nevertheless, it’s intriguing to note the mirror image of Hedy on #29, reminiscent of Annie Oakley on #3 (September 1948). One might even speculate that Hedy and Annie were the same character! Pencil and ink credits for Annie are attributed to Christopher Rule on GCD, and the style is quite distinctive. Perhaps someone out there holds the key to unraveling this mystery?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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