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Look Here, Read: “Honeymooners — Not Wanted!” with art by Bill Draut

Time for more comics, I think. This time around, we’ve got “Honeymooners — Not Wanted!” from Young Romance #49 (vol. 6, no. 1); neither the script nor the art are credited in the comic, and comics.org hasn’t indexed the issue yet, but foolhardy pseudo-aficionado that I am, I’m going to go head and attribute the art, at least, to a long-time RCN favourite, Bill Draut:

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The scans are from the Digital Comics Museum, but I’ve processed them a bit for display here. What do I mean by “processed”? Scroll down to the bonus section below for a before-and-after comparison of the opening page.


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Before:

After:

Worth the bother? I think so.

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Look Here, Read: “Cagey Mary,” with art by Bill Draut

From Young Romance vol. 5, no. 2 (#38), here’s “Cagey Mary”; the script and art are uncredited, and comics.org doesn’t attribute the work to anyone, but I am quite sure the artist is Bill Draut, whose early, underappreciated contributions to comics have been featured here at RCN several times over the years:

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The printing on “Cagey Mary” is atrocious, but also, in a strange way, lovely…

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Look Here, Read: “I Married for Fun,” with art by Bill Draut

From Teen-Age Brides #2 (October 1953), here’s “I Married for Fun,” with art by Bill Draut, whose stylistically restrained, thoughtfully staged contributions to Romance comics in the early 1950s have aged far more gracefully than many other works of the period:

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Look Here, Read: “Teen-Age Temptress,” with art by Bill Draut

Look Here, Read: Cover art by Lee Elias, story art by Bill Draut

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Look Here, Read: “Teen-Age Temptress,” with art by Bill Draut

From Young Love #8 (October-November 1954), here’s “Teen-Age Temptress,” with straightforward, sensitive graphic storytelling by reliable Simon and Kirby studio workhorse, Bill Draut, whose vigorous visualization of “The Right to Love” was featured on RCN on 06 May 2011:

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When Draut was good, he was very, very good…

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Look Here, Read: Cover art by Lee Elias, story art by Bill Draut

From First Love Illustrated #44 (September 1954), here’s “The Right to Love,” with uncredited story art that “this checklist” on the Kirby Museum site attributes to Bill Draut, whose style here is economical and attractive; the Caniff-influenced cover art, which looks to me to have the hero kissing a totally different woman that the one in the story, is by Lee Elias, who wisely signed his work, thereby ensuring that he would get credit for his contribution, in print, at the time the comic was published:

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Anyone know if Darwyn Cooke has ever acknowledged Bill Draut’s work as an influence?