Thursday, December 5, 2019

Gunsmoke Western's Antedi-Lee-vian Kid Colt Writer

Gunsmoke Western 39

In an interview where Joe Gill was describing how he wrote at such a sustained pace, his example was not any one of the many Charlton characters but Kid Colt at Timely/Atlas. One sign of his scripting is "This was [situation]," as here on the splash of "No Place to Turn," as well as the splash caption of "The Gunhawks of Terror Street" and the first caption after the splash in "Showdown Street."

The Atlas Implosion occurred after Gunsmoke Western #42. There were enough Kid Colt stories on hand to lead off two more issues when the title returned, and then Stan Lee took up writing (and signing) the Gunsmoke Western Kid Colt stories.

#32 is the first issue, as the title takes over Black Rider's numbering. On the Kid's own magazine and the many other anthology titles he also starred in at the time, Gill started writing the character in 1954.

Joe Gill's Kid Colt scripts in
Gunsmoke Western

Dec/55 32  The Plunderers
Feb/56 33  Never Say Die
Apr/     34  Badman's Bluff
Jun/     35  Date with Destiny
Aug/     36  Clean-Up in Buckhorn
Oct/     37  On the Trail of the Rustlers
Dec/     38  The Phantom of Caribou Flats
Jan/57 39  No Place to Turn
Apr/     40  Showdown Street
Jun/     41  Two Guns for Freedom
Aug/     42  The Gunhawks of Terror Street
Nov/     43  Trail to Tombstone
Jan/58  44  Gunhawk's Mecca

As a bonus: this is the only Jack Oleck script that jumps out at me in the entire run of Gunsmoke Western. With so many anthology titles cancelled in the Implosion, it took a while to fit in the non-series stories from a suddenly huge inventory.

Jack Oleck's backup script in
Gunsmoke Western

Jan/59 50  The Stranger from Red River

Friday, November 15, 2019

Jetta by Dan DeCarlo--But Not Exclusively

Dan DeCarlo started out Standard's Jetta but did not do the entire three-issue run. "What a Specimen" is indisputably DeCarlo--down to the dog--but "Pardon My Power (the bottom tier here) is just as indisputably not. The girl in the foreground in the second panel sure looks like a Joe Edwards one to me.

I think the inker on most of the Jetta stories and covers is Rudy Lapick, which would help explain the different pencillers' work being taken for that of one; Lapick and DeCarlo have a Leroy story signed together at Standard in Roger Dodger #5 (Aug/52).

Fred Eng signed the Zoomer back-up in #5. His inking credits on #4 are from the Grand Comiucs Database.

I picked out the writing style of Joe Archibald--at this point Standard's editor--on Supermouse, comparing it with his signed work a decade earlier at Ace; when I'm sure of more of his stories for the Mouse of Might I'll start posting those. The ones I've given question marks here are not 100% certainties but fairly good possibilities.


Dec.52 [cover] p: Dan DeCarlo
Man Trouble w: Joe Archibald  p: DeCarlo

Jet Jaunt w: Archibald? p: DeCarlo

Frat Race [ZOOMER] a: Fred Eng
My Cosmic Hero w: Archibald  p: DeCarlo
 Feb/53 [cover] p: DeCarlo
What a Specimen w: Archibald  p: DeCarlo

Music from Afar w: Archibald?  p: not DeCarlo  i: Eng
Time Out for Trouble [ZOOMER] w: Archibald  p: not DeCarlo  i: Eng
Pardon My Power w: Archibald  p: Joe Edwards
Apr/   [cover] p: DeCarlo
Act Your Age! w: Archibald  p: Edwards?
Double Trouble [ZOOMER] w: Archibald? a: Eng?
Atom and Evil w: ? p: same as "Music" in #6  
Celestial Celebrity w: Archibald?  p: Edwards

Friday, October 25, 2019

Leo Dorfman's Four-Color Classics

Now that I've seen all the Four-Color movie issues, I believe this is close to a full listing of Leo Dorfman's scripts on them--a handful out of the grand total of over a hundred produced by Western before the numbering ended in 1962. (I don't find any Dorfman movie comics after the switchover to Gold Key.)

The Boy and the Pirates
These tiers from "The Boy and the Pirates" (art by Tom Gill) showcase a typical Dorfman caption: In the next frightening moment... and the like. In this issue he uses Just then... a couple of times, and a number of captions beginning with As.

I've mentioned before how an early-Seventies Murray Boltinoff letters page referred to "The Vikings" and others as "classics in comics," instantly leading fandom to conclude that Dorfman had written for Gilberton when it was Western and Fawcett he did movie adaptations for.

Leo Dorfman scripts on
Movie Four-Colors

Jun/56 709  The Searchers
Sep/     741  The Fastest Gun Alive
Jan/57 762  The Sharkfighters
Jul/     815  Dragoon Wells Massacre
Sep/     831  No Sleep Till Dawn
Jun/58 910  The Vikings
Jun/60 1117  The Boy and the Pirates
Jun/     1118  The Sword and the Dragon
Oct/     1148  I Aim at the Stars

Saturday, September 21, 2019

A Paperback Cover Swipe -- Look Closely

DAvy, Fortress Atlantis

Erstwhile comics artist Gray Morrow's cover for the Perry Rhodan book Fortress Atlantis (1974) reminded me of something else, and I finally realized it was the general layout of Robert Foster's cover for Davy (1964). A closer look shows that parts of it are actually swiped -- the torsos and legs of the figures are exactly the same on the two covers.

Nor a swipe, but possibly inspired by the same source I can't pin down, here is another Perry Rhodan that made me say, "Where have I seen that before?" The Wallace Wood page is from Dynamo #1 (Aug/66).

Dynamo #1, A Touch of Eternity

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Jack Oleck Stories in Three Atlas Titles

Writer Jack Oleck came to Atlas right around the time the Comics Code was instituted, in 1955. His output there was steady but not prolific; his average on the fantasy titles wasn't much more than a story an issue.

Here are a couple of the titles that started up at the beginning of the Code era, and one that started later. Around the beginning of 1959 the writing was being turned over to pretty much Larry Lieber (with Stan Lee), leading into the monster era. Oleck had no stories in the newest titles, Strange Worlds or Tale to Astonish, and only this one in Tales of Suspense. World of Suspense ended with #8; World of Fantasy continued to #19 in 1959 with no more from Oleck.

Tales of Suspense 1

Jack Oleck scripts
in World of Fantasy

Jul/56 #2  One Night
Nov/      #4  The Only Clue
Jan/57  #5  Back to the Lost City
May/      #7  Someone in the Flames
Feb/58  #10  The Secret Men
Jun/      #12  The Next World
Oct/      #14  Lost in the City That Didn't Exist
The Mole Mystery
Dec/      #15  Mystery of the Mountain
Strange Doings in Cell 4-B

in World of Suspense

Aug/56 #3  The Man Who Couldn't Be Touched
Oct/      #4  Something Is in This House
Dec/      #5  Menace Below
Feb/57  #6  Come into My Parlor
Foster's Fear
Apr/     #7  The World's Strangest Crime
The Lost Island
Jul/      #8  Prisoner of the Ghost Ship

in Tales of Suspense

Jan/59 #1  The Day I Left My Body

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Some Mickey Klar Marks Comics Stories, from the Records

Pug & Curly, Calling All Kids 11
These are the comic book stories I could positively ID in the online listing of the Mickey Klar Marks papers in the University of Southern Mississippi's collection, having already posted her Zany Giraffe ones. The majority of her work in comics is text pieces, so USM notes which among her papers are comics scripts.

There are a good number not here, ones that are identified only by the feature (another Flip-Flap, more Pug & Curlys, and so on) and others whose titles were changed too completely to find, if they were indeed published. In the case of her Millie, Nellie, and Mitzi scripts for Timely, the relevant issues may well not be available to index yet.

On all listed here except for Little Audrey, the publisher is Parents' Magazine, so when something sold to Funny Book is published in Calling All Kids it's just been shifted among the publisher's titles.

The lines in bold are the descriptions of the scripts as given in USM's listing.


"Billy Boy," sold to "Funny Book," 20 March, 1946, 2 pp.
     "Musical Comics: Billy Boy" Calling All Kids 5, Sep-Oct/46
"Comin' Thru the Rye," sold to "Funny Book," 1946, 2 pp.
      "Musical Comics: Coming Through the Rye" Calling All Kids 7, Feb/47
"Flip Flap and the Crying Hyena," sold to "Funny Book," 1946, 4 pp.
     "Flip-Flap and the Crying Hyena" Calling All Kids 7, Feb/47
"Flip Flap Joins the Navy," sold to "Funny Book," 1946, 4 pp.
     "Flip-Flap Joins the Navy" Calling All Kids 18, Apr/48
"The Hobo Dog," sold to "True Comics," 1946, 3 pp.
     "Butch the Bum" True Comics 60, May/47
"Kid Sister," sold to "Sweet Sixteen," 1947, 4 pp.
     "Kid Sister" Sweet Sixteen 9, Sep/47
"Little Audrey and the Petticoats," sold to "St. John Pub.," 1949, 5pp.
     "Little Audrey and the Petticoats" Little Audrey 8, Jan/50
"Little Audrey -- The Big Help," sold to "St. John Pub.," 1949, 6 pp.
     "The Big Help" Little Audrey 9, Mar/50
"The Needle in the Haystack," sold to "Funny Book," 1947, 2 pp. (rebus)
     "The Needle in the Haystack" Calling All Kids 4, Jul-Aug/46
"Mystery of Croak Pond," sold to "Funny Book," 1945, 4 pp.
     "Croak Pond Mystery" Funny Book 8, Jun-Jul/45
"Pug & Curly," sold to "Calling All Kids,"
  "Crossing Stream," March 1947, 4 pp.
     "Pug and Curly" Calling All Kids 11, Aug/47
  "Sailboat," May 1947, 4 pp.
     "Pug and Curly in Trouble at Sea" Calling All Kids 12, Sep/47
"Sally's Slanguage," sold to "Polly Pigtails," 1945, 1 p.
     "Sudie's Slanguage" Polly Pigtails 7, Aug/46 (2 pp.)
"Sea Shell Maker," sold to "Funny Book," 1945, 4 pp.
     "The Sea-Shell Maker" Calling All Kids 5, Sep-Oct/46
"Twinkle: Amusement Park," sold to "Calling All Kids," 1947, 5 pp.
     "Twinkle Makes a Merry-Go-Round" Calling All Kids 12, Sep/47
"The Yankee Clipper," sold to "True Comics," 1947, 8 pp.
     "Joe Di Maggio--The Yankee Clipper" True Comics 71, May/48
Unnamed series for "Sweet Sixteen" and "Polly Pigtails"
  "Teen Age Columnist," 1947, 4 pp.
     "Kid Columnist" Polly Pigtails 25, Feb/48 (2pp.)

"Spot Sees Spots Before His Eyes," sold to "Novelty," 1945, 3 pp. has to be a Zany Giraffe story, although unidentified in the collection as such (in the published story the character is named Spots; Spot is the dog in Novelty's Speck, Spot and Sis series). I've updated my Zany post to reflect that.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Jack Mendelsohn's Issue of Alvin

I was rechecking Dell's Alvin for Don Segall's stories when I found Jack Mendelsohn's style on #5--unexpectedly, as the Who's Who does not mention that as one of his strips. Since I'd been looking through Standards' funny animal titles just before that, I soon recognized refries from Mendelsohn-scripted stories at Standard as well as Quality. Does anyone recognize the plots of the two stories for which I didn't find earlier versions?

Happy Rabbit 41, Buster Bear 5, Alvin 5

It looks like Segall returns after this one Mendelsohn issue, but other hands have taken over the writing by the end of the run of new stories in 1967.

(* = single page)

O-D/62 #1  A Trip to Chinatown * w: Don Segall
Alvin the Scientist w: Segall
Alvin's Pet w: Segall
A Day in the Country w: Segall
Let's Paint a House w: Segall
Flying Studio w: Segall
David's Birthday Present * w: Segall
Car Trouble * w: Segall
J-M/63 #2  Do-It-Yourself Disaster * w: Segall
A Day at the Farm w: Segall
Alvin and the Burglars w: Segall
Alvin in Orbit w: Segall
Team Spirit w: Segall
Alvin's Interview w: Segall
Wrong Number * w: Segall
A-J/     #3  Bubble Up * w: Segall
Among the Canned Goods w: Segall
Alvin's Paper Route w: Segall
A Day at the Zoo... w: Segall
The Motor Scooter w: Segall
E-fishin'-cy w: Segall
Chicken for Dinner * w: Segall
J-S/     #4  Spoiled Brat * w: Segall
Roughing It w: Segall
Subway Sidney w: Segall
Sweet Kids w: Segall
Culture Caper w: Segall
Tree House w: Segall
O-D/     #5  Share and Share a Bike * w: Jack Mendelsohn
    from "3 of a Kind"
      Buddy Bear in GOOFY 44 (Jul/51)
Water on the Brain w: Mendelsohn
    from "Water, Water Everywhere"
      Percy Pig in HAPPY 41 (Feb/51)
    via "Water on the Brain"
      BUSTER BEAR 5 (Aug/54)
Snow Fun w: Mendelsohn
    from 1st Prince Pinky and Pudd story
       in MARMADUKE MOUSE 35 (Feb/53)
Auto Mission w: Mendelsohn
Rink Jinx w: Mendelsohn

Little Angela in Alvin

O-D/63 #5  No Space for Rant w: Mendelsohn

I didn't find an earlier version of this particular story, the first in the backup series, but Mendelsohn wrote for Standard's Little Angel--what's the difference in a single letter?