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Owen Fitzgerald Unleashed on ACG's Dizzy Dames, at Auction
A slapstick comedy title inspired by the likes of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Dizzy Dames #1 features the work of animator Owen Fitzgerald.
The thing that makes Dizzy Dames noteworthy is that it features one of the most infamously weird characters in comics history from a publisher in American Comics Group, which was known for weird characters (see: Herbie). The ditzy but beautiful blonde Moronica first appeared in The Kilroys #8 in a story titled "The Nation's Nitwit" by the legendary Milt Gross. But that character and the lead feature duo called the Broadway Babes were drawn in this issue by Owen Fitzgerald. The title featured the kind of physical, slapstick comedy (with an extra dose of beautiful women involved) that had been popularized during this period by the likes of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. An underappreciated humor comic book, there's a Dizzy Dames #1 (ACG, 1952) CGC VF+ 8.5 Off-white pages up for auction in the 2023 February 9 Good Girl Art in Comics Valentine's Showcase Auction #40216 at Heritage Auctions.
Owen Fitzgerald had worked as a Disney animator beginning in 1937, and began working for ACG in 1944. In addition to Dizzy Dames, he also worked on titles, including Starlet O'Hara for ACG. As a comic book artist, Fitzgerald would become best known for his DC Comics work which included The Adventures of Bob Hope, and Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. He would also work on Dennis the Menace comic books for Hallden-Fawcett. Fitzgerald was a part of the Army Signal Corps WB animation unit which produced the Private SNAFU cartoons and would work as an animator for the likes of Fleischer, MGM, and Hanna-Barbera throughout his career.
This copy of Dizzy Dames #1 has been graded CGC VF+ 8.5 Off-white pages, and there are only 34 entries for this comic book on the CGC census, with only four copies listed higher than CGC 8.5. There's a copy of this comic book up for auction in the up for auction in the 2023 February 9 Good Girl Art in Comics Valentine's Showcase Auction #40216 at Heritage Auctions.. Prospective bidders who are new to Heritage Auctions should check out their FAQ on the bidding process and related matters.
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