Monday, February 11, 2019

Candy to Felix to Tippy

I've posted some of Jack Mendelsohn's Tippy Teen scripts at Tower recycled from his own Candy ones at Quality. A closer look at his Felix the Cat work at Dell showed me some of those were recycled from Quality—not only Candy but the funny animals. Then I saw that he redid some Felixes for Tippy and her friend Go-Go. (Let me repeat that, from the style, he scripted all these stories—he didn't plagiarize anyone else's.)

A Venn diagram would overlap with one story used at all three publishers:

Candy 44, Felix 3, Go-Go 7 ice cream story

Jack Mendelsohn Felix the Cat
scripts reworked from his Quality ones

Apr-June/63 Frozen Assets
    from "Asleep in the Deep-Freeze"
     CANDY 44 (Nov/53)
July-Sep/     The Vicious Cycle

    from "Nervous Repair Service"

      BUSTER BEAR 6 (Oct/55)

Tale of a Fish

    from "Fish Story"

      MARMADUKE MOUSE 48 (Sep/54)

A Sample Assignment

    from "Buster Gets the Goods"

      BUSTER BEAR 6 (Oct/55)

reworked from Felix in Tippy Teen

Apr/67 12  Beaux & Arrows

    from "Beaux and Arrows"

      FELIX 2 (Jan-Mar/63)
Oct/     16  Foul Weather Friends

    from "Fair Weather Enemies"

      FELIX 3 (Apr-June/63)

in Go-Go and Animal

Dec/ 67 The Ice-Cream Man Cometh
    from "Asleep in the Deep-Freeze"
      CANDY 44 (Nov/53)

    via "Frozen Assets"

      FELIX 3 (Apr-June/63)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Phil Evans on the Flying A

On most other features that the Who's Who lists Phil Evans as writing at Western/Dell, his scripts appear much more frequently than on Gene Autry--to the point that sheer guesswork as to his scripts on the Grand Comics Database gives a correct credit a number of times. On Autry's long-running book, though, there are just a handful of Evans credits. Likewise he wrote only one story for the TV title The Flying A's Range Rider--fitting in here inasmuch the Flying A is Gene Autry's production company, named for his ranch.

This partial page from "Gene Autry and the Ghost Prison" sets off Evans alarm twice: his putting a comma after "Haw" and "Huh" instead of an exclamation point. "Wal," of course, is more likely to take a comma to begin with, and you will find it in Autry scripts by other hands.
Gene Autry 45

Written by Phil Evans:
Gene Autry

Sep/50 43  GA and Owlhoots of Deadwood Mesa
Nov/     45  GA and the Ghost Prison
Dec/52  70  GA and the Combination
Mar/53  73  The Wrong Hireling
Apr/      74  Treetop Trickery
Murder Map
May/54  87  GA and the Haunted Spiderweb

Misc. Western Gene Autry back-up

Mar/53  73  Ghost Town Girl

Range Rider in Four Color

Apr/52  404  RR and the Monster of the Desert

Friday, January 4, 2019

Charles Nicholas Helps Out...Someone Other Than Sal Trapani

Jon D'Agostino signed the covers of Charlton's Archie type, Freddy, and you can follow his style into the stories themselves--most of them, but not all. This tier is from the last story in Freddy 46 (Dec/64): "Bargain Buck Daze." D'Agostino's art is reminiscent of early Stan Goldberg.

Freddy 46 Bargain Buck Daze

This page is from that issue's first story, "The Winner." First compare the flagmen in the two stories, but the policeman's straight-at-the-camera pose in both of his panels is the obvious giveaway for Charles Nicholas' pencils under D'Agostino's inks.

Freddy 46 The Winner

I haven't the full Freddy collection, but I think other issues bear a look too for some penciling help.

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