Since this is an ATLAS COMICS DAY here at TOT Central and also our special ACADEMY AWARDS DAY, what better comic to commence these festivities than HEDY OF HOLLYWOOD #48 [May, 1952]?
Hedy Devine, the star of this comic, is something of a mystery to me. She seems to be an aspiring actress who appeared in short lighthearted stories in several Atlas titles. A number of online references describe her as a friend of Patsy Walker, but I thought the "Hedy" of "Patsy and Hedy" was Hedy Wolfe and, like Patsy, was a teenager for most of her comics career.
The first issue of HEDY DEVINE COMICS was #22 [August, 1947], picking up its numbering from ALL WINNERS COMICS. According to the COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE STANDARD CATALOG OF COMIC BOOKS, she's an "empty-headed society girl and would-be actress." Her writers, among them Paul S. Newman, would find excuses for her to shed her evening gowns for form-flattering swimsuits or lingerie.
HEDY DEVINE COMICS became HEDY OF HOLLYWOOD COMICS with issue #35 [February, 1950] and run to issue #50 [September, 1952]. Most of the comic book shown above was written by Stan Lee and drawn by Ed Winiarski, an artist who apparently worked in every genre that Atlas published...and that's a whole lot of genres! Judging from the cover, Ms. Devine did eventually achieve some level of success as a movie actress.
Which of the nominees for DIRECTOR do you *want* to win the Oscar?
George Clooney (Good Night, and Good Luck).....45%
Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain).....20%
Paul Haggis (Crash).....18.33%
Steven Spielberg (Munich).....11.67%
Bennett Miller (Capote).....5%
Which of the nominees for DIRECTOR do you think *will* win the Oscar?
Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain).....79.31%
George Clooney (Good Night, and Good Luck).....6.90%
Steven Spielberg (Munich).....6.90%
Paul Haggis (Crash).....3.45%
Bennett Miller (Capote).....3.45%
AND THE OSCAR WENT TO.....ANG LEE (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN).
You don't always get what you want as seen by your score of 5 for 11 on the nominees you *wanted* to win. However, when it comes to picking who you thought *would* win, your score is an incredible 9 for 11 as we enter the final five categories.
Which of the nominees for ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE do you *want* to win the Oscar?
Which nominee for ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE do you *want* to win the Oscar?
Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man).....37.68%
George Clooney (Syriana).....20.29%
William Hurt (A History of Violence).....20.29%
Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain).....13.04%
Matt Dillon (Crash).....8.70%
Which nominee for ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE do you think *will* win the Oscar?
When it came to the nominees you *wanted* to win, you went 8 for 16. When it came to the nominees you thought *would* win, you went 11 for 16. As for yours truly, I boycotted the Academy Awards because the Academy completely and unfairly overlooked the genius that was GODZILLA: FINAL WARS.
ZERO: Burn your money before buying any comic receiving this rating. It doesn't *necessarily* mean there's absolutely nothing of value here - though it *could* - but whatever value it might possess shrinks into insignificance before its overall awfulness.
ONE: Buy something else. Maybe I found something which wasn't completely dreadful in the item, but not enough for me to recommend it when there are better comics available. I only want what's best for you, my children.
TWO: Basic judgment call. I found some value, but not enough to recommend it. My review should give you enough info to decide if you want to take a chance on it. Are you feeling lucky today, punk? Well, are you?
THREE: This denotes something I find perfectly respectable. There are better books out there, but I wouldn't regret buying this item. Based on my review, you should be able to determine if it's of interest to you. Let the Force guide you.
FOUR: I recommend anything earning this rating. Unless you don't like the genre, subject matter, or past work of the creators, I believe you'll enjoy this item. Isn't it uncanny how I can look right into your soul that way?
FIVE: Anything getting this rating is among the best comicdom has to offer. You should buy/read this, even if the genre/subject matter doesn't appeal to you. It's for your own good. Me, I live for comics and books this good...but not in a pathetic "Comic-Book Guy" sort of way.
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