Vol. 2, No. 14 & 15
Published by Prize Publications, Crestwood Pub., 1946
loose and smooth ink and brush skills carry off the basic
"story" of the cover by showing all the elements:
a saboteur, already subdued with a convenient note to
let the viewer know what is happening; Frankenstein (something
of an erstwhile superhero versus the later Briefer incarnation
of 1951 which was a bit more true to a gruesome Mary Shelley
version); and the train on the verge of disaster being
saved. The bright yellow beam of the train engine is a
striking yellow triangle highlighting the sweeping logo.
the cover shown here (below), the interior stories straddle
some amorphous line between pure children's humor and
adventure and an adult sensibility about the world. The
interior pages below show off Briefer's story-telling
and his light-hearted approach to the material. An effortless
looking brush stroke is Briefer's distinguishing feature,
also an ability to cram in the abundant text. The page
design is minimal, with individual panels showing the
progression of the tale. Middle-ground figures repeat
from panel to panel which makes for an overall "sameness"
to the page. However, everything is well-drawn and animated
by the very strong Dick Briefer brush work.
An excellent page on Dick Briefer with more than a dozen large page images at American Comic Archive here.
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