bob oskner


When DC Comics decided to knock out a teen comic in 1969, rather than go to the bother of creating a new comic, they just recycled their old (and quite good) The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis title with art by Bob Oskner, changed the hair, clothes and the names in the speech bubbles and called it Windy and Willy.Everything else, as you can see, is pretty much identical. What a swizz!

Examples above taken from The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis No. 18, March-April 1962 and Windy and Willy No. 1, May-June 1969.


Panels from Meet Angel and the Ape #4 (1969) by Bob Oskner, Wally Wood, and (presumably) Sergio Aragonés. A short-lived action-parody humor series from DC editor Joe Orlando’s self-consciously “wacky” line, which attempted to expand DC’s brand beyond capes-and-cowls and into territory covered by Archie, Dell, Gold Key, Warren, and MAD, Angel & the Ape could be withering in its inside-baseball parody of the Marvel offices (its Stan Bragg preceded Jack Kirby’s Funky Flashman by four years), but was mostly just genially campy in the way of a lot of kids’ media in the late 60s. Subsequent revivals either tried too hard to integrate the feature into the DC Universe (Phil Foglio’s great — on his own stuff) or had Howard Chaykin running on snippy-quippy autopilot.

Anyway, I just liked the joke above. So there you go.