I'm about 99% sure that the artist is Kurt Schaffenberger, who drew almost all the Lois Lane stories for DC in the '50s and '60s. You can see it in the faces. An excellent artist who never really got the credit he deserved. And chubby Jimmy Olsen? Kurt was having some fun with it there.
I don't get why these circa 1955 kids had never ever heard of roller skating before, if it had been around since the 19th century. Surely, they must have seen them in the Sears catalog or in the movies or even a Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew book. Is this really a mid-sized Midwestern town or Mars?
From the lettering, it appears to have been prepared at ACG, and Schaffenberger did draw for them. I would have figured it was either him or Ogden Whitney.
ACG had a line of commercial client comics produced under the "Custom Comics" imprint. According to Wikipedia, it lasted until the 1980s, well after they quit publishing newsstand comics. When I saw the skating comic, I knew right away it was Shaffenburger art and the lettering and logo clearly looked like an ACG comic, so I HAD to pick it up.I'd include more of this kind of historical stuff in the 'Stupid Comics' text, but I want the tone of the feature to remain humorous and faintly insulting. Maybe we need a sidebar for the less funny, more factual material. -Dave
Humorous and faintly insulting, by all means. That's what keeps me coming back each week. But I for one would also enjoy seeing some kind of separate section with what you know about the book, where you found it, what drew you to it, that kind of thing. Just a humble suggestion from a big site fan.