Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Time Travel Tuesdays - Miss America Romance Comic Featurette by Mart Nodell!

Today's Time Travel post is a very special one! June has been a big month for the Green Lantern! Even though the film didn't perform as well as expected and DC decided to go with the story of Hal Jordan, the hoopla surrounding the movie still made me really proud of my grandfather -- the creator of the original Golden Age Green Lantern!

Me and my grandparents,
Marty and Carrie Nodell in 1988

Not only did my grandfather draw superhero comics, he dabbled in other comic book genres, including romance! The following little featurette "Charm Corner" is from Miss America v7#33 [66] (April 1950), an issue in which he also served as Art Associate.

Prepare yourself to learn some charm and etiquette...
from my grandpa!

Pretty cute, huh?! I especially like the battling teeth! This issue is definitely on my want list, but for now, these scans of "Charm Corner" are courtesy of Dr. Michael J. Vassallo of the Timely-Atlas-Comics Blog! For more information on the history of the Green Lantern, check out this month's issue of Alter Ego wholly dedicated to the character!


  1. I'm curious about the obvious similarity of the photo of you and your grandparents and the one of you in the sidebar. Both have you looking rather determinedly at the ground instead of at the camera. Shy, or just noticed something interesting at your feet?

  2. Charming article, Jacque. Most folks aren't aware that your grandfather did a LOT of work beyond Green Lantern. I can't find it right now, but there was a dispute on one of the comics scholars lists as to his authorship of a few late 40s Western stories.
    I've taken it on myself to color correct the photo you posted. The results are at my blog.

  3. Pat: I am actually not shy at all -- just a coincidence! In the picture from when I was a kid, we all seem to be squinting, so I think we were just facing the sun. Unfortunately, that is the only picture I have of my grandparents and I :(

    Diana: He did do a lot of work -- I find his advertising work to be especially cool. Thanks for the color-corrected photo! Looks good!

  4. Hey that's the Domes!

  5. Mitchell Park domes, right? I drive past them every day on my way to work downtown Milwaukee.

  6. I don't know what makes me feel worse, the fact that I only just connected your name with that of your grandpa or the fact that you're so damn young.

  7. That was a hoot, I never knew my namesake did Romance work.

    I rather enjoyed the GL film - hopefully a sequel will spotlight Alan Scott.

  8. Love you blogs! This is one of the few I follow! I hope you always always do it! :D Keep up the great bloggin!

  9. Anonymous and Snard: I think those are the Domes! I don't really remember that trip (I was only 4) and despite living in the Milwaukee area for many years, I never had a chance to go back!

    Peter: Haha, don't feel bad about either! :)

    Martin: I concur, hopefully if there is another movie they will harken back to the original GL.

    StarGnome: Thank you so much! I will keep doing the blog as long as people keep digging it! There really is so much material to draw from, it never gets old -- for me at least!