Sunday Comics: The Treasure of Paradise Island, Part 2

Here’s part 2 of Frank Moss & Frank Borth’s ten-part serial from 1952, “The Treasure of Paradise Island.”  As always, these pages come from Catholic University’s online archive of Treasure Chest of Fun & Fact.

It’s interesting…  I like the plot, and each individual panel is very nicely drawn (if occasionally a tad stiff), but the whole thing is just a bit more clunky than I’d prefer.  I think it’s because Borth doesn’t vary his layout; he sticks with his strict six-panel grid with no differentiation for important or exciting events–he only violates it twice, uniting the top two panels on the first and last pages of the story.  My theory is that the static nature of the panels unfortunately leads to an unconscious interpretation in the reader that the story is static, not exciting.  I’m not sure if this is true, but it seems so to me.

Next week is part 3!

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Eric Pavlat is a convert from Unitarian Universalism who entered the Church in 1996. He lives in Maryland with his wife and six children. He is also a perpetually professed Lay Dominican in St. Pius V Pro-Chapter, located in Catonsville, MD. He founded Democrats for Life of Maryland, Inc., in 2004, served one term as president, and stayed on the board of directors until 2010. He now considers himself more a Distributist than anything else. Eric teaches 10th grade honors and special education students in English literature, composition, and grammar at his alma mater, Parkdale High School.

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