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Angel Ape
Angel Ape
WHO are they? WHAT are they? Teaser ads such as the ones seen above and below began popping up in DC magazines in July and August of 1968.
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As it turned out, Angel and the Ape were the lead characters in a new humor comic book. The series was created by E. Nelson Bridwell and Bob Oksner. Before we go any further, let's...

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UPDATE: Bob Oksner passed away February 18, 2007. He was 90 years old. Bob had been illustrating comics since 1943 when he redesigned Marvel Boy for Timely Comics. He drew many different character during the next 43 years as he shuffled from super heroes to humor and back to super heroes. Among his work were stories for The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Adventures of Bob Hope; The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis; Sgt. Bilko; Pat Boone; Angel and the Ape; Welcome Back, Kotter; House of Mystery, Stanley and His Monster. When the DC line of humor comics was axed in the 1970's he went back to heroes and drew Superman, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Shazam (Captain Marvel), Black Orchid, Lois Lane and many others. He won the National Cartoonist Society award for comic books in 1960 and 1961, and in 1970 he won the Shazam Award for his work on DC titles. Bob Oksner retired from comics in 1986.

BELOW: A page from Jerry Lewis #98 by Oksner:
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Angel Ape
Angel and the Ape first appeared in Showcase #77, September 1968. This month marks the team's 40th anniversary! ABOVE: A Gaspar Saladino-designed ad for the first-ever A&A story. BELOW: A close-up of the book's cover (art by Bob Oksner, logo and lettering by Gaspar):
Angel Ape
WHO are they? WHAT are they? To be specific, they are Angel O'Day and Sam Simeon, and they are partners in a detective agency. Here's a page from their first story:
Angel Ape
As you can see, the lovely Angel knew judo and karate, and cracked a mean bullwhip. Her partner, Sam, was supposed to be an actual ape who could talk and think, although he often had trouble communicating. Part of the gag was that no one ever NOTICED he was a real ape:
Angel Ape
When Sam wasn't detecting, he was a part-time comic book artist, often pictured at his drawing table, surrounded by satirical "artist" in-jokes such as spilling ink or spouting comic-style profanity:
Angel Ape
Angel Ape

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