Friday, February 11, 2011

"The Moose Hunt", Frankenstein #9 (1947)

I've decided to follow Gabriel's lead and start a new blog for my own cartooning, and keep this blog just to feature stories by the comic book greats that inspired me. So don't be surprised if my already sparse commentary gets even more abridged. The stories should be the main thing, anyway. The new site is here: The Eye of Mongomblog

So with that, here is some more of the great Dick Briefer..."The Moose Hunt" from Frankenstein #9 (Sept-Oct 1947):


  1. Doug: I'm very excited about your new blog, showcasing your own stuff. I am so there. When? I hope to be your first follower. You are a great cartoonist, and I love the idea of such a showcase.

    Regarding Briefer, isn't he just colossal? I have read somewhere that he often simply inked his comics with a brush, no pencils. If so, wow!! You can almost think it's possible, looking at these pages.

  2. Mykal: I know some guys (like Walt Kelly) used blue pencil to rough in the drawings, before going straight to the brush...if Briefer was doing these with not even a sketch underneath...Wow indeed!

    I'll let you know when the new blog goes up (and I'll probably post links here as well)! I need to design the darn thing first...although don't be surprised if it ends up looking exactly like this blog, with a different header!

  3. These Frankenstein's are the perfect comic. They're drawn so well and the jokes are fun, and it has just disturbing enough to bother the parents.

  4. Looking forward to your new blog, Doug! Count me in!
    I'm with KW on this one...Briefer had something unique.

  5. Thanks Michael! Nice to see you back!

  6. Nice story! It might push some Craig Yoe's book stories off!
    It's a book I recommend everybody to purchase, but it left me dissatisfied with its selection -despite I can see its logic responds to a chronological sense (Frankenstein in different time stages) rather than a real selection of his best stories.

    I was told also about Briefer's working procedure: inking his comics without pencils. The first time I heard that, well... it blowed my mind away! And as Mykal has well said previously, watching some of the pages above, one thinks that's perfectly possible. Who knows...

    Wishing to see that new blog of your!

    "although don't be surprised if it ends up looking exactly like this blog, with a different header"

    Sounds perfect! The Greatest Ape has one of my favorite looks in the blogosphere.

  7. Gabriel: I can understand your dissatisfaction about Yoe's book...I would have loved to see a chronological reprint of the funny stories, at least...but I can understand Mr. Yoe's reasoning. Better to get a good volume or two with an overview of Briefer's comics out in case the sales aren't good enough to sustain a complete reprinting of his work. Also, Craig has said he doesn't have all the comics necessary to do a complete run yet. Myself, I'm just hoping for the whole "Frankenstein infiltrates the Nazis" sequence from Prize Comics to be reprinted. I've always wanted to read that!

    It's still hard for me to believe that Briefer just worked brush to paper, especially looking at a story like this, where the panels a re so nicely composed. Surely he must have roughed them in first, at least. If I tried it my pages would be covered in whiteout!

    New art blog should be going soon; I'll probably re-post some art & comics from this blog at first, then start new posts!

  8. Looking forward to your creative work blog, Doug! Thanks for posting this excellent story! I forget where I read this, but apparently Briefer also worked SMALLER than the printed dimensions. Most comic book artists of his time, as we know, drew the art larger than the printed size, so that it would tighten up the art and look better. I think one reason Briefer's style is so unique is that his brush lines are so thick and dark... and that may have been the effect of working smaller and then enlarging the art. I'm not sure if this is a true fact, or something I dreamed one day! In any case, Briefer was a true creative and comic original and I'm always happy to see his work shared and appreciated.

  9. Paul:

    Thanks for stopping by!

    I could believe the idea of Briefer working directly ink to paper if he were working as small as you say, but I am still amazed if he did it that way without cluttering up the art and dialog!

  10. Hunting a moose isn't as simple as it appears because the very sight of the moose can scare the predators. Moose have very effective olfaction and hearing much like very intelligent creatures. It's no small reason predators need to be very careful and alert while hunting moose.


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