30 August 2011

Comic Book Short Story-~Ellery Queen ~ The Curse of Kane

art by Mike Sekowsky and Frank Giacoia. Love their Corvette and Dodge renditions in this one

From Dell Four Color # 1289, March 1962. This book has the look and feel of the Gold Keys that would soon be forthcoming.

29 August 2011

More DELL Infopages

 From Four Color #1253, Jan. 1962. Nice cover...spawned its own series which wasn't very good (in my opinion).
Jack Sparling is credited for this back page factoid.
 Just prior to the above, #1251 had this informational page by Gerald McCann

 Bob Fujitani drew this page for #1245, November 1961

28 August 2011

1961 Corvette

Welcome to Smeggy's Garage, where I'm going to blather on about some of my favorite cars and if you're so inclined you may add your comments and observations.

1961 Corvette

The body of the '61 was a carryover from 1960. The big chrome "teeth" were replad by a silver colored grille. Headlight rims were now body-color instead of chrome.

The re-styled rear had for tail lights instead of two, and began the "ducktail"  that would carr over into the C2 series thru 1967.
The rear emblem had a spun-silver background with the crossed flags over a "V" design.

Other changes for 1961: Sun visors, an aluminum radiator, parking brake warning lamp, interior lights and the windshield washer were standard equipment.

Wheel covers over steel rims remained standard. The spinners were fake.
This was the last year for wide whitewalls.
The standard engine was a 283 cubic inch with four barrel, which put out 230 horses. If you shelled out the $484 for the fuel injection, you could make 315hp.

Other options included Power Windows for $60, Heater for $100, and Radio for $138. (AM only...that's almost a thousand bucks in today's money..so consider your CD player a deal!)
The automatic transmission cost $200. You could also get "heavy duty" brakes and suspension for $334.

Total production was  10,939 units, all  convertibles.
The colors available for 1961 were Tuxedo Black , Roman Red, White, Silver, Jewel Blue, Fawn(beige) and Maroon. 29% were white. Smeggy's favorite is the maroon at 15%.

  Base Corvette with 283 cu. in. 230 hp engine and three speed manual transmission: $3,934.00 (which equals $28348 in 2011 dollars. The modern Corvette costs 2-3 times that.)

This is from a 1961 Sales Demo 33 1/3 recording.

27 August 2011

More Educational Pages from Gold Key's TWILIGHT ZONE

a few more................

from isue #7, May 1964:

great Wilson cover

art by Jack Sparling

art byJerry Robinson

July '66's pages weren't so much educational as entertaining:

art by Joe Certa. Oh, this is issue #16

Finally, issue #10 gave us 2 Joe Certa info pages:

Thanks for visiting..hope you sopped up some trivia.

26 August 2011

Comic Book Short Story- King O'Leary

There was only one issue of ZOOM COMICS published by Carlton Comics. This was 1/2 of their total output, the other being a comic called MERRY COMICS published at the same time. The art & story are wretched, but serve to illustrate how low the end of the Golden Age could go...and it had 10 more years left!