tag:4cp.posthaven.com,2013:/posts 4CP | Four Color Process 2017-06-08T06:43:38Z John Hilgart, Proprietor tag:4cp.posthaven.com,2013:Post/901797 2015-09-06T14:06:01Z 2017-06-08T06:43:38Z 442.

“I’ll rip those bastards a new one, and then I’ll rip a new one in that, and then I’ll rip a new one in that, ad infinitum.”


(From the first page of  “Marvel Mystery Comics” #11, 1940, looking into a hole that’s 30 pages deep.) 


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tag:4cp.posthaven.com,2013:Post/846201 2015-04-24T15:46:47Z 2016-05-19T16:12:29Z 3Duperman

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tag:4cp.posthaven.com,2013:Post/844107 2015-04-21T16:26:52Z 2015-10-17T23:53:44Z The Batman

Detail from page 1 of “Detective Comics” #31 (the fifth Batman story), scanned from an early 1970s reprint.

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tag:4cp.posthaven.com,2013:Post/824285 2015-03-13T22:50:47Z 2015-03-30T19:11:27Z 437.

Not Superman. The Angel, by Paul Gustavson, from "Marvel Mystery Comics" #11, 1940.

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tag:4cp.posthaven.com,2013:Post/806883 2015-02-04T15:08:52Z 2015-12-11T03:27:43Z Nancy 2

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tag:4cp.posthaven.com,2013:Post/795265 2015-01-13T14:44:32Z 2016-05-19T16:13:34Z Nancy

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From "Suspense Comics" #5, 1944. Artist uncredited.

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tag:4cp.posthaven.com,2013:Post/778317 2014-12-03T20:15:06Z 2014-12-03T22:41:51Z Namora by Bill Everett

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tag:4cp.posthaven.com,2013:Post/771606 2014-11-18T20:35:12Z 2016-07-14T02:17:39Z Spacehawk by Basil Wolverton

From "Target Comics" v2, n2, 1941.

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tag:4cp.posthaven.com,2013:Post/697512 2014-05-29T14:17:57Z 2015-12-11T03:29:23Z 428.

Illustration by Bernard Krigstein and color by Marie Severin for the story "Master Race" in "Impact" #1. Scanned from a house ad in "Mad" #21, 1955.

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tag:4cp.posthaven.com,2013:Post/667102 2014-03-24T14:28:15Z 2014-03-24T14:28:15Z Sheena

Sheena by Robert Webb in "Jumbo Comics" #36, 1942.

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tag:4cp.posthaven.com,2013:Post/627471 2013-12-06T19:10:45Z 2016-07-14T02:17:59Z The Blue Beetle (1941)



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tag:4cp.posthaven.com,2013:Post/625414 2013-12-01T22:40:37Z 2016-07-14T02:18:02Z Virgil Finlay Catastophe

From "Real Fact Comics" #12 (1948).

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tag:4cp.posthaven.com,2013:Post/621159 2013-11-19T13:21:07Z 2013-11-19T13:21:23Z Captain Meric

From a 1954 Atlas house ad.

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tag:4cp.posthaven.com,2013:Post/620081 2013-11-16T17:55:40Z 2013-11-16T17:57:12Z 4CP Tumblr

If you also eat pictures over at Tumblr, our new 4CP franchise is at: 4cp.tumblr.com

I'll be serving up (mostly) images from the early years of 4CP, which are now buried on deep pages of this Posthaven blog.

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tag:4cp.posthaven.com,2013:Post/619350 2013-11-14T14:37:06Z 2014-05-29T15:19:10Z MAD #21: Cover by Harvey Kurtzman (1955)

It is one of the most glorious and ludicrous covers in comic book history. Disguised to look like an interior page full of novelty ads, it is so dense with tiny print as to be almost illegible at original printed size. Business matters are handled in two small boxes at the top (with a delightful splash of color), while 46 novelty ads cover the rest of the space. It is so true to the originals that it parodies that it’s almost indistinguishable from them from more than a foot away. On a garish comic book rack in 1955, I don’t know if this cover would have commanded attention or would have been invisible. 

 
It's a great concept and a beautiful graphic execution. And it demanded copy, lots and lots of copy. The typewriter was going clackety clack. A joke was being written in tiny little slivers. Let’s pry open every one of these microscopic parodies, like oysters on a flatbed scanner.

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