Planet Comics #27

The issues of Planet Comics shown here are my favorites in the series and most of them have cover art by Joe Doolin.  

Doolin took art classes in 1916 at at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts alongside Walt Disney and found success after relocating to New York and drawing for numerous pulp magazines.

Mysta of the Moon

Mysta of the Moon

Soon tapped by comic publisher Fiction House, Doolin transitioned from its pulp magazine Planet Stories into its Planet Comics series.  On issue #55* Doolin does a great job using angles and colors to feature the sales-maximizing cover art formula of a sexy pin-up.

Inside, the space opera tales feature Nazi looking Voltamen, a tool store selling “jet socket scrapers,” and Matt Baker‘s Mysta of the Moon in a welding helmet. All with catchy characters such as “Star Pirate,” “Space Rangers” and  “Auro Lord of Jupiter.”

The whole series ran long enough that by the time number #65* was released in 1951 it was publishing reprints of stories (with a new original cover) that ran in Planet Comics eight years earlier.

Planet Comics #27 was published November 1943.  Number #50 was published September 1947.  Shown below, issue  #54* was published May 1948, issue #55* July, 1948, issue #65* Spring 1951 and #72* (cover art Maurice Whitman) Fall 1953.

* Sold copy