Sea Devils #13

Sea Devils #13, Sept-Oct 1963

Sea Devils was an early-60s DC comic featuring the adventures of a group of undersea divers — or frogmen as we were wont to call them when I was a lad. They sure don’t make comics like that any more, which is kind of a shame. This gem of a cover is by Irv Novick and Jack Adler. During this period both Marvel and DC were experimenting with the look of their covers and playing with colours. For a while the grey tone was quite prevalent. It’s also interesting to note just how huge the Comics Code Authority seal was back then: they really were trying to push it as a “guarantee of wholesome-ness.”

I’ll be returing to this particular comic in the next post because, in their infinite wisdom, DC tried something very different with this issue…