Cover art by Arthur Ray McCowen, also the art director for the magazine.
Hot off the presses here at Darwination Scans, a unique mag, Satire v01n01 from December 1935, get the full hi-res scan here: Satire v01n01 1935-12.Satire (Dizzy Detective Magazine) (missing pgs 29,30) (Darwination).cbr
From a set of raws sitting in my working scans folder for nearly 10 years. If I sent these to an editor, I sure couldn't find a scan, so I'm pretty sure it's fresh. There's a missing page which maybe put me off of it. Or the wretched condition. Or the many joins. In any case, I felt like a bit of a photoshop challenge to get some work on my chops, so I sat down and worked it. Not the most uniform results (part of which probably has to do with the machine I scanned the issue on), but it was a good exercise. One day soon my scanner kung fu is going to be back where it once was (and even better, the AI in the newer version of photoshop is absolutely incredible).
First issue of a pioneering comedy magazine that lasted only two issues,
helmed by Adrian Lopez and friend Hugh Layne with Arthur McCowan as art
editor. Lopez' magazine career spanned from the twenties through the nineties,
and David Saunders has done his usual excellent biography work on Lopez here.
I'm familiar with much of Lopez' long and varied publishing career (absolutely remarkable) but had no idea that
before his publishing career, Lopez wrote in the pulps for the likes of
Argosy and Black Mask, wild.
My comicshop (where I consulted to confer on the date but not quite the title) says of the magazine "Vintage humor magazine considered a precursor to Mad or National Lampoon poking fun at trends in magazines and entertainment." In that aspect it's similar to the wildly successful Ballyhoo and the Ballyhoo imitators that came first, but Satire has its own thing going with ambitious design work mixed with racy photos and surreal slapstick humor. Rightfully lampooning the "true" detective market, this issue sticks largely to that theme (the second issue, which I don't have, looks to be a send-up of movie/scandal mags).
Samples. A send up of my main man, Bernarr MacFadden. Remember this image, as I've got some great MacFadden material coming up here at Darwin Scans in the not too distant future.
Contents/Indicia page. I've blogged on "True" Crime mags before, and they were numerous in their long heyday. The cover of the issue mimics the MacFadden titles, and I don't doubt the note in cursive here that these are all actual titles of pulled from the newstand.
Complex work on the photo layout here, there's a lot going on in these splash pages.
Inspector Torso helps A-cupped Aunt Gussie track down her bust developer. Bawdy humor never gets old.
A little cheesecake goes a long way. Just an page or two along these lines might help a magazine hop of the shelf, by Peeper Tom, Special Investigator
Sometimes, I'll be editing a magazine, and I swear someone is looking right at me through time and space. Hey there Miss Doolittle, I see you, too.
One last splash, well done.
Learn to draw! Your pictures have been a great comfort to me in my solitude, lmao.
From the Institute of Applied Bunk
I'll keep my eyes out for the other issue (featuring an excellent and naughty cover, perhaps why it is so hard to come by). Hell, or you could scan it for me and absolutely make my day.