Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Joe Kubert's Zorro, and More

Four Color 497 Zorro

At Western Publishing /Dell, Joe Kubert pencilled three features from novelists: Zorro, Max Brand's Silvertip, and Ernest Haycox's Western Marshal; and one TV tie-in: Steve Donovan, Western Marshal. The page above is from "The Sword of Zorro" in 1953

In the beginnings of Kubert's work on these, his inker was tending mostly to the close-up faces and nearer figures. Kubert's inks show on the backgrounds and distant figures. Even some of the display lettering is Kubert's. The emanata, to use Mort Walker's expression for the lines indicating emotion, are certainly a Kubert tool. The point arrives where Everett Raymond Kinstler inks mostly everything, but you can look hard enough and still see Kubert, ghostly, underneath; see the jail and especially its sign from "Silvertip's Trap" in 1959.

Four Color 898 Silvertip

The only inside-front-cover page where I can see Kubert pencils is "Zorro's Pistol" in FC 538.

I haven't seen FC 572, "Silvertip's Search," but like the rest of these it's attributed to Kinstler, so it 's probably the 15th Kubert-and-Kinstler issue. The art on the other Silvertip not listed here, FC 835, "The False Riders," is by other hands.

As I was getting together these books out of order, it was after I'd started this list that I found this 2013 comment from Josemas on Comics Plus for FC 491: "Looks like Kinstler had been studying Kubert before doing this job."

Four Color
Pencils by Joe Kubert
Inks by
Everett Raymond Kinstler and Kubert

Aug/53 491  Silvertip
Sept/     497  The Sword of Zorro
Feb/54 534  Western Marshal
Mar/     538  The Mask of Zorro
Aug/     574  The Hand of Zorro
Oct/     591  Western Marshal: The Spanish Mine
Feb/55 613  Western Marshal and the Cattle War

Pencils by Kubert
Inks by Kinstler

Aug/     640  Western Marshal and the Iron Horse
Dec/     667  Silvertip and the Stolen Stallion
Feb/56 675  Steve Donovan: Showdown
Oct/     731  Silvertip and the Fighting Four
Feb/57 768  Steve Donovan: White Gold

Steve Donovan: Two Men Out
Apr/     789  Silvertip and the Valley Thieves
May/59 898  Silvertip's Trap

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Some Leo Dorfman TV Westerns

Here's Day 1 of Freshman Intro to Logic illustrated again: Otto Binder is known to have written Broken Arrow; Four Color 947 is an issue of Broken Arrow; therefore Otto Binder wrote Four Color 947. Shakespeare wrote plays; Hamilton is a play; therefore Shakespeare wrote Hamilton.

Short moments later...
Although at this point Leo Dorfman has yet to use the caption structure "In the next agonizing moment..." as heavily as he will in the Sixties, he's leading up to it with "Short moments later..."; these tiers are from his first issues of the respective titles below, with the stories "Vengeance Trail," "Last of the Buffalo," and  "The Maverick."

Another Dorfman clue is variations of "Eeeyowww" and "Yowww," whereas Paul S. Newman mostly sticks to a succint "Oww!" In Binder's Broken Arrow issue we find an "Ukkk!"


Nov/57 #855  Apache Dowry Otto Binder

Kingdom of Terror Binder
Nov/58 #947  Desert Ordeal Leo Dorfman

Vengeance Trail Dorfman

Trackdown Dorfman

CHEYENNE written by Leo Dorfman
(other issues written by Paul S. Newman)

May-July/58 #7  The Mustang Trail

Last of the Buffalo
Aug-Oct/     #8  Devil's Canyon

The Conspirators
Nov-Jan/59  #9  Manhunt

Trouble in Peace Valley
Feb-Apr/      #10  Gunpowder Pass

The Ghost Trail
May-July/     #11  The Rio Smugglers

The Crooked Circle

GUNSMOKE written by Dorfman
(other Dell and Gold Key issues written by Newman)

Feb-Mar/58 #7  Showdown

The Maverick
Apr-May/     #8  The Taming of Bull Halloran

Six-Gun Fury
June-July/     #9  Man Without a Gun

The Bounty Hunter
Aug-Sep/      #10  The Deadly Dude

Badge of Honor

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

More 60s Carl Pfeufer Work

Gentle Ben 4 The Collector
The art on Dell's TV tie-in Gentle Ben is an interesting progression across the issues: Henry Scarpelli on #1, José Delbo on #2, Scarpelli inking Delbo on #3—and then on #4 someone who was not the Dell stalwart that they were. The name of the mystery artist fell into place when I came back to look at that issue after finding Carl Pfeufer at Dell on one 2-issue title: The Courtship of Eddie's Father.

Carl Pfeufer art on Gentle Ben

Nov/68 The Derelict

The Collector
Dumb Animal?

All the stories in the 5-issue run (the last one a reprint, because of course Dell) of Gentle Ben were written by D. J. Arneson. His trademark "Great Scot" is in a few of them, and his use of ellipses instead of hyphens in stuttered words—"B...but" rather than "B-but"—in most.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Mr. District Attorney Writers III--"How in Hannah?"

Mr. D.A. 22 'How in Hannah?'

Here are the writers that jumped out at me on a sweep through these issues. The panel from "Blueprint of a Traitor" shows how Dick Wood can be easily spotted more often than not. As with France Edward Herron and Jack Miller, and of course other writers, he may have more stories in these issues, but ones where he hasn't been quite so obvious.

Mr. District Attorney writers Part 3

Sep-Oct/50 #17  The Bachelors of Crime Ed Herron
Nov-Dec/     #18  The Phantom Thief Herron
May-June/51 #21  The D.A. Pounds a Beat Herron
July-Aug/     #22  Blueprint of a Traitor Dick Wood
Sep-Oct/      #23  Diary of a Criminal Wood
   The Big Basketball Fix Wood
The Gang with 1,000 Gimmicks Herron
Nov-Dec/     #24  The Killer in the Iron Mask Herron
Jan-Feb/52 #25  I Hired My Killer! Herron
Mar-Apr/     #26  The Case of the Wanted Criminals Wood

The Prisoner in Cell 13 Herron
May-June/     #27  The Crimes of Caesar Torro Wood
July-Aug/     #28  The Sound Waves of Crime Wood
Sep-Oct/     #29  The Crimes of Mr. Jumbo Wood

The Case of the Outlaw Broadcasters Wood
Jan-Feb/53 #31  The Hot Money Gang Wood
Mar-Apr/     #32  The Case of the Bad Luck Clues Wood

The T.V. Gang Jack Miller
July-Aug/   #34  The Amazing Crimes of Mr. X Herron
Sep-Oct/    #35  This Crime for Hire Herron
Gangland's Rubout Squad Herron
Nov-Dec/    #36  The Chameleon of Crime Herron
The Life and Death of a Criminal Miller

Casebook Mystery in Mr. District Attorney

May-Jun/53 #33  The Case of the Night-Shift Scandal Miller

Friday, July 6, 2018

A Guess at a Madhouse Artist

I believe the artist who did three pieces for Madhouse, and as far as I can see nothing else for Archie, is Don Orehek. His style changes somewhat across the years at the B&W humor magazines like Cracked (the page here is from its #35, April/64), but I tell myself I see resemblances. The Madhouse page is from the #10 "Double Take." The first tier, at least, could be a Shut-Up at Cracked.

Madhouse 10, Cracked 35

Or this may be someone whose name we'll never know.

Don Orehek(?) art in Archie's Madhouse

Feb/61 10  Double Take
Apr/     11  How to Improve TV
Dec/     16  Double Take [new]

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Sensation Character Find of 1953--Slinky Stinky

Slinky Stinky
Slinky Stinky on Funny Animals 83 cover
Here's a character-centric update to my transcriptions in this blog's early days of William Woolfolk's records notebook. (The original material is in plain text; bold represents my additions.) For years I couldn't find these stories—I couldn't even find mention of the character online in 2012. That particular long national nightmare is over...

As far as I know, it wasn't until a scan of Fawcett's Funny Animals 83 (by Narfstar and darkmark) was released into the wild that the name Slinky Stinky got onto the Grand Comics Database. I've only just gotten around to looking at the scan.

Although I suspected he was related by the fact that Mr. Pooch was mentioned, Freddy Feline, I now can see, was never in the GCD at all. But the Slinky Stinky story title in FA 82, as now reported, matches up handily with Woolfolk's storyline description.

Woolfolk wrote the entirety of the Slinky Stinky canon, as #83 was the last Fawcett issue.

Written by William Woolfolk in March 1953

9 pg   Freddy Feline wants Pooch's swimming pool
as Slinky Stinky "The Stolen Swimming Pool" Funny Animals 82, Oct/53

In May 1953

9 pg   Slinky Stinky poses as hare in a hare hunt
"Safe—by a Hare!" FA 83, Jan/54
9 pg   Slinky Stinky tries to collect on Mr. Pooch's insurance
"Mr. Pooch's Policy" FA 83, Jan/54

Friday, May 18, 2018

Mr. District Attorney Writers--Spotlight on Phil Evans

Writer Phil Evans' records (published by Robin Snyder in his History of the Comics) specify some of his stories of Mr. District Attorney and the DC title's crime back-ups, but not all; there are unnamed others in the range of numbers 6-15 (I find one in #16 too).

The first clue to an Evans story is his use of "Hmm" or "Huh" at the beginning of a sentence but following by a comma rather than the more usual dash or ellipsis (not that he doesn't use those too). These are panels from "Fake Accident Racket," which is in the records, and "The Alibi King," which isn't; the latter uses "Huh" in this fashion a good four times. Pencils by Howard Purcell on issues 6 through 59.

Huh, sentence

Mr. District Attorney writers Part 2
(* = in Phil Evans' records)

Nov-Dec/48 #6  The Big Frame Ed Herron
Jan-Feb/49 #7  The People vs. Killer Kale Herron
The Case of the Vanishing Crook Herron

The Street of Forgotten Men Herron
Mar-Apr/     #8  The Rise and Fall of "Lucky" Lynn Phil Evans
   The Case of the Money Makers Herron
May-June/     #9  The Case of the Living Counterfeits Herron
July-Aug/     #10  Dragnet Herron
Sep-Oct/      #11  The Game That Has No Winners Evans *

The Man Who Laughed at Bullets Herron

Second Chance Farm Herron
Nov-Dec/     #12  Fake Accident Racket Evans *

I Defended the Monkey Man Evans
Jan-Feb/50 #13  The Execution of Caesar Larsen Herron

The False Rumor Factory Evans *

Where Is Marvyn Moon? Herron
Mar-Apr/     #14  The Alibi King Evans

Murder at Ceiling Zero Evans
May-June/     #15  Prison Train Herron

The Man Who Fooled Juries Herron
July-Aug/     #16  The Crime Warden Evans