There is not a lot to say about the remainder of King Carter’s series, which only runs four more stories. The art is dreadful, and the writing no better. It seem King and his boytoy, er, sidekick, Red work as newsreel cameramen. Not that we ever see them take newsreel footage of anything, but they complain a lot about losing their cameras.
In their final story, Red refers to King quitting his job as a newsreel cameraman. I suspect King lied to the boy, and he got fired for losing all his cameras. But King can still afford to take Red to Africa on vacation, where King kills a very goofy looking python, and battles pirates who have kidnapped an American girl. Red is the big hero in this last story, discovering that apes will follow him as their leader.
I was pleased that this last story avoided the racism prevalent in the series. In More Fun 51 King refers to south sea islanders as “dizzy” for having their own religion.
With no job to go back to, I believe King and Red stay in Africa, where King starts making movies of Red and his ape “brothers”. What kind of movies? Disney or triple x? I leave that up to you.
King Carter: More Fun Comics 51-54 (Jan – Apr 1940)
These last few entries in the Dawn of Comics are awkward, in a way. Three series begin in November, and two in December, so I am discussing and evaluating these on very little. I had to draw a line somewhere, and I stand by Flash Comics 1 as the divider, but these guys get a short shrift.
So anyway, King Carter.
He is a “wealthy oilman, adventurer and collector of precious stones and gems,” who we meet in China, as he is searching for jade. He gets buzzed by a plane, but it’s not the threat he thinks, it’s an old friend, Red Rogers, now a photographer for a newsreel, out on assignment. They hook up to take aerial pictures of a secret military base, get shot down, and and escape when the chinese choose to drive their jeep off a cliff. Both this and the following story are so racist, but it’s just so prevalent in this time period.
In issue 50 King and Red are in India. Red gets hit by a car while saving a boy in the street, and King tracks the car to its owner, an Indian prince trying to overthrow the British. Of course, the Prince Ali Ghazi is made as evil as possible, walling King up alive (but doing such a poor job that King pushes his way through the wall, with his hands tied behind his back.) Cheer as the American helps the Brit defeat the native fighting for his land!
King Carter continues in the Early Golden Age
King Carter: More Fun Comics 49 – 50 (Nov – Dec 39)