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Jack Sparling - MEET MERTON #2 Interior Page
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COMMENTS: Pg. 29; Jack Sparling art; image size 13.25" x 18"
"Peggy Dean and Mature Ham"
Phantom Lady Collection
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Pg. 29; Jack Sparling art; image size 13.25" x 18"
"Peggy Dean and Mature Ham"
Phantom Lady Collection

Meet Merton was a humor title with the obvious intent of cashing in on the Archie market, the hapless teenager and his two feamle friends, one blonde, one brunette, well, you get the picture...But this nifty little story in the back pages of issue #2 of Merton, "Peggy Dean and Mature Ham" is a diamond in the rough, it tells the tale of a Tarzan-esque he-man and his on screen exploits, which involve wrestling with an assortment of wild animals, who turns out to be not so macho after all. This story winks at the behind-the-scenes lives of Hollywood actors, and does it with great gusto, although the artist here is uncredited, it is obvious a seasoned talent was responsible for this nifty piece of mid-fifties satire that would not seem out of place in Mad Magazine.

Artist Information

In the 1950s, he worked for companies like Harvey, Toby Press, Charlton and Ziff Davis, doing western, horror and romance titles. He also did syndicated strips like 'Mister Rubbles' and 'Sam Hill'. For Gilberton's Classics Illustrated, Sparling drew 'Robin Hood' and Mark Twain's 'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court'. In the late 1960s, Sparling was additionally present in Eerie with several horror stories. From 1960 to 1972, he did the daily 'Honor Eden' for the McClure Syndicate. Jack Sparling remained active until the late 1980s. In the final stages of his comic book career, he worked mainly on Western Publishing titles like 'The Twilight Zone' and 'Turok', but he also did contributions to DC and Marvel titles.