Recently, yer old Uncle Jolty was commissioned to draw a little known, but well loved, funny book team. Angel and the Ape was a short lived comic produced by two funny-book masters, Bob Oksner and Wally Wood, two personal favorites of mine.
I could wax poetic on the subject of the two ink-stained giants- I am a silver-tongues devil-, but I could never do them justice. Use your google. That’s what it’s there for.
“Angel and the Ape” was the story of a comic book artist gorilla and his foxy female friend, and all the crime-solving they could handle. Now, while that might seem like a well-worn scenario, Oksner and Wood elevated it to a level that would cause the literary masters of old to blush.
It was with the same cosmic injustice, that has Mozart rotting in a paupers grave, that landed “A&A” on the cancellation list. I only hope my little tribute to the gorilla gum-shoe and his gal pal friday does them proud.