Monday, December 10, 2018

The Two 1950s Human Torch Writers

Human Torch in Young Men 28

For completeness' sake I've listed all the Human Torch 1950s revival stories, but most of the Hank Chapman IDs are not new; I identified him on Young Men 24 and 25, and then Lou Mougin did on Human Torch 38's three stories, Sub-Mariner 35, and Captain America 78. When Chapman returns to the feature after the first YM stories, all of his scripts use Toro as narrator.

Joe Gill often sets up his story in the blurb, or fills in information in a caption, with the past participle: "They had defeated him." His use of past or present tense is inconsistent—a few times within a single script—but I found some of the stories in the different tenses tied together by references to the Torch's and Toro's "unique body chemistry." In his first two stories in YM 26 and 27 he uses "Up, flame!" and then "On flame!" before settling on the standard "Flame on!"

Human Torch scripts

Dec/53 24  The Return of...the Human Torch Hank Chapman
Feb/54 25  [The Young Old Men] Chapman
Mar/     26  [The Vulture] Joe Gill
Apr/     27  The Face of Death Gill
June/     28  [The Prize Was...the Moon] Gill


May/54 27  [The Jet] Gill
July/     28  [The Flying Saucer] Gill


Apr/54 36  [The Atomic Blaster] Gill

[Tyrannosaurus Rex] Gill
[The Monk] Gill
June/     37  Vampire Tale Gill

A Spy There Was... Gill
The Menace of the Unhuman Gill
Aug/     38  The World's End Chapman

In Korea Chapman
Flame On Chapman


Apr/54 33  [The Flying Saucers] Gill
Jun/     34  [Virus X] Gill
Aug/     35  Human Torch--Fugitive at Large Chapman


May/54 76  [The Vulture Returns] Gill
July/     77  [The Thing] Gill
Sept/     78  Playing with Fire Chapman

out of inventory

Sept/68 16  The Un-Human Chapman

...and a Sub-Mariner ID

There are a couple of exceptions to Bill Everett's run in Sub-Mariner's 1950s revival: two stories drawn by Bob Powell. It isn't a stretch to find Joe Gill on the Devil Octopus story when you know he's writing the Torch in the same issue. The Black Shark story in Men's Adventures 27 (May/54), though, is still a poser. "Aaeeeeegh" in two spellings and a "Walloping halibuts" suggest someone else yet to be determined.

Sub-Mariner script

Apr/54 36  [The Devil Octopus] Joe Gill

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Mort Meskin at Dell/Western

Mort Meskin and Jerry Robinson collaborated on signed stories elsewhere, like The Black Terror at Standard, so Meskin's helping out Robinson at Western/Dell is not coming out of left field. This one issue is the only instance of Meskin's work there that I've seen so far.

This would be the "other hands" on Silvertip that I mentioned in my post about Kubert and Kinstler at Western/Dell.

Silvertip in Four Color
Pencils by Mort Meskin
Inks by Jerry Robinson

Sept/57 835  The False Rider ifc intro
The False Rider

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Young Men's C.A. (You've Got Nothing to Lose)

Captain America isn't mentioned on the Who's Who list of Don Rico's work for Atlas, but the features that he did script, like Rawhide Kid and the various jungle ones, contain stories that match the style on the 1950s Cap revival. I've gone back on forth on this for some time, but I'll come down on the side of this being Rico.

'Li'l partner,' 'li'l pard,' 'li'l pal'

The panels are from the Serum to Korea story in CA 77, "The Sioux Strike" in Rawhide Kid 1 (Mar/55), and "While the Jungle Sleeps" in Lorna 17 (Jan/56).

Captain America scripts by Don Rico

Dec/53 24  Back from the Dead
Feb/54 26  Top Secret
Mar/     26  Captain America Turns Traitor
Apr/     27  Return of the Red Skull
June/     28  The Cargo of Death


May/54  27  The Girl Who Was Afraid
July/      28  Kill Captain America!


May/54  76  The Betrayers
Captain America Strikes
Come to the Commies
July/      77  You Die at Midnight 
The Man with No Face
[Serum to Korea]
Sep/      78  His Touch Is Death
The Green Dragon
The Hour of Doom

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