Saturday, February 27, 2021

Tall Stories by Watt A. Lyre

 If you were in the mood for a tall story (just one) today then you came to the right place, as we crack open the April 1946 issue of Seven Seas #1 for some cute high seas hi jinx, aka a fishy tail for February! And as you read this, make special note of page two. Is there honestly any reason why this pointless padder exists in this story except, or course, to maybe beef up the page number? A little prat fall comedy relief is one thing, but it just seems so oddly added in it's almost a distraction. Read the story a second time and skip page two entirely, you'll see what I mean. Still, a fun little 40's quicky, and very funny too! And love that lil mermaid!


Mr. Cavin said...

Oh yeah, I agree completely. Somebody lost count of something, and it turned out that the easiest way to fix the problem was to add a page to this story. I think they could have done a better job. The other three pages are great though!

I also dig that busy cover. This is an interesting theme mag. I haven't seen this title before.

Glowworm said...

That last gag with the twist on the wife was adorable. They could have gone the traditional route and went with "Yep, my wife's that very mermaid" but instead it was rather clever. Yeah, that second page does not belong in there.

JMR777 said...

If page two had been left out of the comic it wouldn't have hurt the story one bit.

The mermaid in the story was pretty.

The only question remains is how did such a beautiful woman fall for an average guy as Watt A Lyre? did he save her life or something? Did his lucky coin transform her from mermaid to homemaker? One more mystery to ponder from the world of comics.

Brian Barnes said...

This book is also new to me. I love that cover, and I love the splash (at the bottom) which has a "stone" look (even the water looks to be made of stone, I have no idea if this was the actual idea or just the way the art came through, but I like it.)

Binks' coin is the luckiest thing ever if he ended up with that woman for his wife!

Mr. Karswell said...

I'll try to dig up some more oddball golden age comic titles like this, thanks for the comments!

Doc Briar said...

Hi,Mr. Karswell. Does this story represent the overall style of the comic? The splash page seems to promise high seas adventure/fantasy.

Mr. Karswell said...

No, the other stories throughout the issue vary in styles, some more realistic and even cartoonier said...

Dagwood had a woman that was out of his league as well.
Fritzi Ritz was really stepping down too.
Weird that the two hottest women on the comic pages were married to nebbishes.
Random character enters and exits story for exactly one page.
Nice story but the highlight was the mission statement page with the mermaid under the arch.