You may not believe me, but I am being honest. A few years back when I re-started collecting books and built this site I didn’t know comic books like this existed!
Upon reflection I can imagine in the days well before the internet, television and indeed even Playboy magazine there would have been a strong male urge to slip one of these issues in with the mix of Walt Disney Comics and Stories, Walter Lantz New Funnies and Looney Tunes. No doubt more than one shocked mom found a copy hidden under the bed.
It is so extreme I have trouble even placing it into the Archie “humor” category so many comics of the time fell into – it really is an outlier. I’m really not sure how the series from Fox Feature Syndicate ever made it to the newsstands, even without the Comics Code Authority.
Junior Comics #12 above is from March 1948 with art by Al Feldstein throughout. Feldstein took the term “headlights” to a level not to be witnessed again until Madonna’s famous conical corset bra in 1990’s ‘Blond Ambition tour. Further, the wind whipped skirt panty reveal wouldn’t again be seen until Marilyn Monroe made it famous in 1954 in the classic scene from the movie Seven Year Itch.
Feldstein’s main character Junior Hancock (yes that is his name) hangs out primarily with brunette gal pal Deena Dawson. Deena’s well-endowed features appear to have been inherited from her mother. Gathering from Mrs. Dawson’s appearance one can presume she passed Mr. Dawson’s physical exam with flying colors.
Other friends include redhead Gwenny Grant and blondes Bunny and Dolly. As Deena says, “Get the wolfish gleam out of your eyes, Junior.”