Matt Baker's Sky Girl in Fiction House's Jumbo Comics, Up for Auction

Jumbo Comics #69 is widely considered as containing the first published comic book artwork from legendary artist Matt Baker.  An artist whose name has become synonymous with beautiful women in comic book art, this issue would contain two stories that Baker contributed to, Sheena and Sky Girl.  While Baker's contributions to the iconic jungle girl Sheena would be brief, Sky Girl, whose adventures had started the prior issue in Jumbo Comics #68, would be a character that he would quickly make his own.  Baker would draw 60 Sky Girl stories for Jumbo Comics 1944-1948, and the feature is essential to understanding the evolution of the artist's style in his early years.  Sky Girl contains some of the most obvious comic book cheesecake art of the Golden Age over that period, and there are several examples of comics featuring Matt Baker's work on the character which ranges from Jumbo Comics #69 to #130 up for auction in the 2022 October 13 The Fiction House Showcase Auction #40199 at Heritage Auctions.

Matt Baker's Sky Girl from Fiction House's Fight Comics.
Matt Baker's Sky Girl from Fiction House's Fight Comics.

As noted in the essential Baker reference Matt Baker: The Art of Glamour, "Ginger's legs were the real plus in these stories. Baker drew them from every conceivable angle, in positions that were often ungainly. Deliberately so. In fact, Baker was the first comic artist who had the courage to draw a beautiful pair of legs in an unaesthetic if natural way to increase the general humorous effect. Needless to say, he was hugely successful. Baker's last 'Sky Girl' story appeared in the August 1948 issue of Jumbo.

Matt Baker contributed to over 150 stories for Fiction House according to current GCD, and his work on Sky Girl helped put him on the map early in his career.  The feature certainly helped show the comic book industry what Baker was capable of, and there are several examples of comics featuring Matt Baker's work on Sky Girl which ranges from Jumbo Comics #69 to #130 up for auction in the 2022 October 13 The Fiction House Showcase Auction #40199 at Heritage Auctions. In addition to the items listed in this post, you can check out Fiction House titles such as Planet Comics, Jumbo Comics, Jungle Comics, Fight Comics, Rangers Comics, Wings Comics and much more. New to collecting Fiction House or want to learn more?  Bleeding Cool is doing an ongoing deep dive into the history behind Fiction House in the run-up to this auction. If you've never bid at Heritage Auctions before, you can get further information, you can check out their FAQ on the bidding process and related matters.

 

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