Thursday, March 28, 2013
Guns And Ammo!
Guns are a big part of pulp fiction in general and to a lesser degreee comics, which geared for children initially often eschewed weapons. Doc Savage has a famous disdain for guns, and this attitude drifted into comic books by and large, most evidenced by Batman's ultimate refusal to carry a gun.
But that doesn't mean there are guns in comics and other things associated with them. So much so that even comic book logos are affected. Above is a cover for Sarge Steel Special Agent and his signature Luger nestles smoking and doubtless warm against the "A" in the name.
On Charlton's Vengeance Squad, an automatic pistol emerges from the "V".
In this DC comic a colt pistol sort of floats over the logo "Top Gun" which includes also a target. More on that later.
Michael Mauser created in the pages of E-Man by Nicola Cuti and Joe Staton owes his very name to a specific gun and here we see it in proper noir shadow as part of the logo to a later Mauser collection from Apple Comics.
Not only guns, but bullets too get used as iconography for logos. The most pure example is appropriately enough the Bulletman comic book from Fawcett.
Later Charlton's GunmasterM book used the same technique to render the name of his partner Bullet the Gun Boy.
Bullets are also used in silhouette such as above to encase Sgt.Stryer's name as part of his logo for the exceedingly short-lived Atlas-Seaboard comic.
Marvel pulls a simliar trick on this later issue of Mighty Marvel Western.
Of course with guns and bullets you need targets and those get used too. Most obviously on this DC Johnny Double comic.
This comic, Target: The Corruptors from Dell uses a target too, blended in behind the title.
And finally we have the Atlas-Seaboard comic Targitt in which the name evokes both the character and the image itself. This one hearkens back to our gun theme too as there is a gun sight affixed to the top of the logo.
Guns and the paraphernalia associated with them are infused through out the pulp essence of comics.