Alex Toth · Separated at Birth?

Separated at Birth? Marshall Matt Dillon and the unnamed marshall in a story with art by Alex Toth

The single panel above is from the story, “The Tell Tell Car,” as it appeared in Pete Millar’s DRAG CARtoons #2 (December 1963).

Marshall Matt Dillon, of course, was played by actor James Arness; in interviews, Arness generally claimed to be 6′ 6″ tall, but some sources say he was actually 6′ 7″, which is a full three inches taller than Clint Eastwood was, back in his salad spaghetti days.

Bernie Wrightson · Comics · Here, Read · Look Here · Separated at Birth?

Separated at Birth? James Garner and Captain Sternn

Okay, I admit it. This one isn’t an original.

From page 13 of Comic Book Profiles #2 (Spring 1998), here’s Bernie Wrightson’s answer to the question “How did Captain Sternn come about?”: “I realized when I was working on Running Out of Time for Kitchen Sink that Captain Sternn came out of my teenage years, from the movie, The Great Escape. It was always one of my favorite movies. When I was a kid, all my friends identified with the Steve McQueen character, but I was fascinated with the James Garner character, who played a con man. He was a really smooth liar, just this side of being oily. I realized that Captain Sternn looks like James Garner from the Great Escape. So I guess that’s where it came from.”

BONUS CONTENT (added 07 August 2010):

Here’s Wrightson’s first “Captain Sternn” story, as it appeared in Heavy Metal, vol. 3, no. 3 (June 1980):


Frank Frazetta · Separated at Birth?

Separated at Birth? Jackie Gleason, Frank Frazetta’s Monster Out of Time, and Jim Henson’s Earl Sinclair


Turn Frazetta’s “monster” design into an animatronic muppet, and he’d be right at home in the world of the “Dinosaurs” sitcom.

But seriously, folks, this post is mostly just my silly way of saying that I think Frazetta’s “monster” looks remarkably, even comically, animated — and certainly appears more vividly alive than his human attacker!