Lady Satan and the Origin of K-9 in Bulls-Eye Comics #11, up for auction

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Harry “A” CheslerDynamic Publications’ comic book publishing line would be discontinued in 1942 due to poor sales (according to War Production Board records). In 1943 Chesler was packaging abstract-sized comics for publisher Remington Morse, but by 1944 the comics industry vet was ready to get into the business again (the story by historian Ken Quattro on this is a must-read). Bulls-Eye Comics #11 is one of the first attempts at this 1944 re-entry. The single title number, the reasoning behind the number 11 designation is unknown, but the contents of this obscure Chesler number are noteworthy reprints of the previous Chesler/Dynamic range , including illustrations and cover of George Tuska. A tough and historically unusual Chesler from an interesting period in the publisher’s history, there is a Bulls-Eye Comics #11 (Harry ‘A’ Chesler, 1944) Condition: FR Up for auction at the August 28-29, 2022 Sunday & Monday Comics auction #122235 at Heritage Auctions.

Bulls-Eye Comics #11 (Harry ‘A’ Chesler, 1944)

Lady Satan was a masked and costumed spy working against the Nazis who first appeared in Dynamic Comics #2. As the war drew to a close, she would return to 1945 in Red Seal Comics with magical abilities that battled supernatural villains. Among other notable stories in Bulls-Eye Comics #11K-9 had been a police dog who had been “run over by a cruel handler, and adapted by Tip Starr and his detective brother, Dick Starr”.

Although the Bulls-Eye Comics the title would go nowhere from here the Chesler reboot continued from 1944 to 1946 after which some titles were continued by Canadian publisher Superior (which may have also made inroads on the US market). Bulls-Eye Comics represents an interesting turning point in the history of Chesler, there and there is a Bulls-Eye Comics #11 (Harry ‘A’ Chesler, 1944) Condition: FR Up for auction at the August 28-29, 2022 Sunday & Monday Comics auction #122235 at Heritage Auctions. If you have never bid on Heritage Auctions before, you can get more information, you can check out their FAQ on the bidding process and related questions.

Bulls-Eye Comics #11 (Harry 'A' Chesler, 1944)
Bulls-Eye Comics #11 (Harry ‘A’ Chesler, 1944)

Bulls-Eye Comics #11 (Harry ‘A’ Chesler, 1944) Condition: FR. George Tuska provided a fantastic skull cover for this single issue of the title. Origin of K-9 and Green Knight’s sidekick, Lance. The appearances of Green Knight, Lady Satan and Yankee Doodle Jones. Rusty nails, water damage and cut cover piece. Overstreet 2022 GD 2.0 value = $258.

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