Gus Ricca, born Gaspano Ignazio Ricca in 1906, was an accomplished magazine cover artist long before coming to work in comics for Harry a chesler, Marvel and Fawcett among others. Ricca also became Chesler’s artistic director in 1944. He generally took a symbolic and interpretive approach to the subjects of his cover work, as can be seen on his covers for the likes of Liberty Magazine, The Company of the Century, What’s on the air, and Necklaces not to mention its cover for Dynamic Comics # 11. Dynamic Comics # 8 has another spectacularly spooky Gus Ricca cover – and corresponding content. There is a Dynamic Comics # 8 (Chesler, 1944) CGC Apparent GD / VG 3.0 Light (C-1) Off-white to white pages available in the Sunday and Monday Comic Book Auction session June 27-28, 2021 at Heritage Auctions.
Ricca’s cover for Dynamic Comics # 8 appears to be a symbolic interpretation of the horror story of Dynamic Man in this issue. The tail villain is inexplicably referred to as the yellow spot, even though he’s wearing a dark blue suit with a skull symbol on his chest. In reality, he’s more like a supernatural, evil version of Batman, who can transform into a bat at will, has a cave seat, and has “ancient witchcraft and dark magic at his command.” This evil Bat-man intends to plunge humanity back into the Dark Ages by stealing the brains of the world’s best scientists.
The introduction of Yankee Doodle Jones and Dandy in this issue also appears to be an interpretation of already famous comic book characters (in this case, Captain America and Bucky) with a rather gruesome twist. Shockingly enough, the super soldier serum that gives Yankee Doodle Jones his powers is derived from the strength of WWI veterans who were somehow disabled during that war. Reunited by a prominent scientist, a group of veterans must lay down their lives to create the serum that turns Yankee Doodle Jones. These veterans then declare that they agree to give their lives: “Voluntarily, so that a protector of American doctrines may arise from us.
It’s a very difficult comic to get in any level. At the time of this writing, there are only 17 universal entries for Dynamic Comics # 8 on the CCG census. A creepy Gus Ricca cover with equally punchy content behind to match, there’s a Dynamic Comics # 8 (Chesler, 1944) CGC Apparent GD / VG 3.0 Light (C-1) Off-white to white pages available in the Sunday and Monday Comic Book Auction session June 27-28, 2021 at Heritage Auctions.
Dynamic Comics # 8 (Chesler, 1944) CGC FR / GD 1.5 Cream to off-white pages. Gerber “7” or “rare”. Hypodermic needle panels. Dan Hastings, Master Key, Echo and Yankee Boy begin. Appearance of Yankee Doodle Jones. “Classic” cover by Gus Ricca Overstreet. The CGC notes: “Detached blanket”. Overstreet 2020 GD 2.0 value = $ 890. Census CGC 21/6: 3 in 1.5, 11 above.
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