MORE FUN COMICS #54 (1940)

A colossus strides the land, trampling armies underfoot, plucking man's deadliest weapons from the air like so many toys. Bernard Baily's seminal image of the Spectre (featured on the cover of only his third appearance), is an absolute masterpiece, with the verdant cloaked, mysterious figure looming menacingly over the beautiful More Fun logo. Primary colors, beautifully juxtaposed against each other create "stripes" of action: the Spectre's baleful stare as the plane swoops in, his hand clutching the other flyer, and the massed armies on a distorted horizon silhouetted in front of blazing fire. Gorgeous, essential, ethereal, powerful, mysterious, stunning--another example of simplicity of form creating maximum impact.