The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Art of the Panel: Harvey #2

from Racetrack Girl!
(Artists Unknown)
(First Love Illustrated #45; October, 1954)


Tempest said...

Artist unknown!?


hmmm But I can be talked out of it.

Robert Fiore said...

In 1954? In a Harvey comic? Not within miles. Not even a Caniff imitator, though he was probably the most imitated adventure cartoonist of all.

Christopher said...

atta boy Ronny..

Chris Rywalt said...

An uncredited Harvey artist in 1954 wouldn't be Caniff but it could be Frazetta. He ghosted for Al Capp and did a lot of comics work then.

Chris Rywalt said...

Could be Joe Certa: A Joe Certa cover for First Love Illustrated in 1953 sold for $603.75 in 2005; You can see he worked at the right time.

Just another toiler in the vineyards.