Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Double Date with Candy and Tippy

Candy 42 Tippy 1 Chemical Formula, Warfare

Just as Stan Lee reused only his own scripts when he refried Millie the Model stories, when Jack Mendelsohn reused old scripts as a writer for Tippy Teen at Tower, he reused only his own—his own Candy stories from Quality in the Fifties. They are indeed rewrites, some more, some less; the gag climaxing "Chemical Warfare" is different from the one ending "Chemical Formula."

The Tippy character Ashley Hartburn (think Reggie Mantle) comes directly from Candy's cast with no name change.

The first story in Tippy 1, "Great Skate," is by Mendelsohn, as I've mentioned, but I don't see an earlier version of it. There are a lot more Quality/Tower refries, but since I have a gap in Tippi issues on hand after 3, I'll stop here for now.

Jack Mendelsohn Tippy Teen 1-3 scripts
reworking his Candy ones

Nov/65 Chemical Warfare
    from "Chemical Formula" CANDY 42 (Sep/53)
Jan/66 Hearts and Flowers
    from "Hearts and Flowers" CANDY 33 (Dec/52)

Muscle Tussle
    from "Muscle Tussle" CANDY 32 (Nov/52)
Inferior Decorating
    from 2nd Candy story CANDY 37 (Apr/53)
Volley Folly
    from 4th Candy story CANDY 37 (Apr/53)
A Sight for Sore Eyes [GO-GO AND ANIMAL]
    from "A Sight for Sore Eyes" CANDY 49 (July/54)
Starlet Fever
    from "Is It a Cinema?" CANDY 33 (Dec/52)
Mar/   3rd Finger Right Hand
    from "3rd Finger Right Hand" CANDY 51 (Nov/54)

Very Dear Diary
    from 1st Candy story CANDY 37 (Apr/53)

Sweep No More My Lady
    from "Sweep No More, My Lady" CANDY 45 (Dec/53)
A Stretch in Time
    from 2nd Candy story CANDY 36 (Mar/53)
Odd Appreciation [GO-GO]
    from "Odd Appreciation" CANDY 33 (Dec/52)
Keeping 'Em in Stitches
    from "Knot One, Purl Two" CANDY 35 (Feb/53)
Good Deed Indeed-y
    from "One Good Turn Deserves Another" CANDY 51 (Nov/54)
Axe Me No Questions
    from 5th Candy story CANDY 36 (Mar/53)

Friday, January 15, 2016

Dick Dillin on (Who Would Have Thought?) Blackhawk

During Dick Dillin's long run across two companies in the Fifties and Sixties on Blackhawk, he had to be spelled only a couple of times. In Blackhawk 210 (July/65) under the usual inker Chuck Cuidera's work (note the close-up in Panel 1), Jim Mooney steps in to pencil, as indexers were quick to notice (see notably the young women in Panel 3, although the men's poses are evidence of Mooney's work too).

BH 210 Part 2


Mooney didn't pencil all of "Danger--Blackhawk Bait." He did Part 2. Part 1 was pencilled by Dick Dillin:

BH 210 Part 1 'Aaah'
The main Blackhawk writers at this point are Ed Herron and Bob Haney; "Aaaah" and, elsewhere in the story, "Uuuuh", drawn out on the "a" or "u" rather than the "h", pinpoint this script as Haney's.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Undercover Spy Writer in the MMMS

In rereading mid-sixties Marvels, occasionally you might look over the list of Merry Marvel Marching Society members in each issue to see if there are any names you recognize with hindsight. For instance, I see Will Meugniot in Strange Tales 143. And then I see a professional writer listed in Strange Tales 148—under his fandom pseudonym (he used his real name on his books).

Ted Johnstone, Los Angeles, Cal

Ted Johnstone, at the top of the rightmost column, is actually Man from U.N.C.L.E. tie-in writer David McDaniel. So it's appropriate that his listing appears in the book featuring Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. When ST 148 (Sept/66) went to press McDaniel's first novel, The Dagger Affair, had been on the stands for about half a year and his second, The Vampire Affair, was just coming out from Ace Books.  It was in his novels, not on the TV show, that the secret history of THRUSH was revealed and in fact its full name: the Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity.

(I didn't have to look that up any more than I would the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement, The Higher United Nations Defense Enforcement Reserves, or Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage Law-Enforcement Division, but I can't get any further on SHIELD's gritty, with-it, "up-to-date" new name [twenty years now?] than Strategic Homeland blah blah blah blah.)

In the U.N.C.L.E. novel that McDaniel wrote to end the series but that Ace declined to publish in 1971, The Final Affair, one character, a motorcycle gang member, is nicknamed The Thing and shouts "It's clobberin' time!" And at one point Mr. Waverly refers to THRUSH as "that Hydra-headed bird."

Thursday, December 24, 2015

If Not Bob Oksner, Who?

Bob Oksner would have a 66-issue run on The Adventures of Jerry Lewis from 61 (Nov-Dec/60) to 126 (May-June/71) if it weren't broken up by Neal Adams' doing 101-104 in 1967—and this artist, whoever he may be, drawing issue 80 (Jan-Feb/64).

Any idea who this is?

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Don Segall at Charlton--One Story Found

Back in antediluvian days, the only two credits superhero fans knew for Don Segall were the Creeper origin in Showcase 73 (March-April/68) and the story in Inferior Five 8 (May-June/68). If I'm recallling correctly, some time later in a letter in one of the fanzines—The Comic Reader?—Mark Evanier expanded upon Segall's writing career—mentioning his working in television and, beyond DC in comics, for Dell and Charlton.

It's taken this long for me to stumble across a Charlton story by Don Segall: the Young Doctors back-up "Twenty-Four Hour Duty" in Cynthia Doyle, Nurse in Love 69 (Apr/63).

Cynthia Doyle 69 'It seems', 'the boys'

The use of "It seems" in the blurb is mirrored in the inside front cover one-pagers in Dell's Calvin and the Colonel 1 (Four-Color 1354, Apr-June/62) and 2 (July-Sept)—"It seems" in the first and "It looks like" in the second. "The boys" as in the final caption is something Segall uses likewise at Dell in, for instance, The Frogmen 7 (Nov-Jan/64).

The logical place to look for other Don Segall stories at Charlton would be in the Young Doctors' own title. I don't see such obvious clues to his writing there, but #1 and 2 are certainly not by Joe Gill, who takes over by #4 (I haven't seen #3).

Is Charlton trying to cash in on two particular doctor TV shows at once with the Young Doctors? I'd be shocked—shocked—to think so.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Riss on Gayle and Gayle

The Who's Who credits Pete Riss with Toni Gayle, the fashion model/amateur sleuth, at Premium. Since there are different indexers on different issues in the Grand Comics Database, some of Riss's Toni Gayle stories are IDed (those in Young King Cole and the fifth issue of Guns against Gangsters) and some aren't. The indexer who does ID those stories, citing the Who's Who for Riss, posits Janice Valleau as inker (I have no useful opinion there).

The Who's Who neglects to credit Riss for the spin-off strip, The Gunmaster—Gregory Gayle (Toni's police detective father). For each of Riss's Gunmaster stories in Guns against Gangsters, there's a Toni Gayle story by him in the same issue for comparison.

Pete Riss pencils
in Guns against Gangsters

Sept-Oct/48 v1 #1  The Green-Suit Murders
Nov-Dec/     v1 #2  The Sugar Bowl Murder
Jan-Feb/49 v1 #3  The Mystery of the Million-Dollar Carbine

in Young King Cole

May/48 v3 #10  She Scores Quite a Hit
June/     v3 #11  Mighty Thunder Falls
July/     v3 #12  Redstone Park

in Guns against Gangsters

Sept-Oct/48 v1 #1  Case of the Sacred Cobra
Nov-Dec/     v1 #2  The Case of the Fortunate Fiddle
Jan-Feb/49 v1 #3  The Case of the Fat Thin Man
Mar-Apr/     v1 #4  The Case of the Parisian Strangler
May-June/     v1 #5  She Gets in Dutch

in 4Most

Jan-Feb/49 v8 #1  More Than One Way to Win a Football Game

Monday, November 16, 2015

A Couple of Mickey Spillane's Comics Stories at Timely

Mickey Spillane had plenty of text pages at Timely, but not a single credited comics story. He was one of the group of writers working for Funnies, Inc. supplying strips to a number of publishers, Timely and Novelty being the two getting the longest spans of issues from the shop, I believe.

I hadn't seen a Novelty book until I started looking into the Funnies, Inc. output a few weeks ago, and was pleased to find a number of stories credited to the writers as well as artists on the splash pages. The bottom tier here is from Spillane's Cadet story "Espionage! In the Senate Building!" in Target Vol. 3 #7 (Sept/42).

USA 6, Human Torch 7, Target v3 7--'keed'

The other writers whose stories I've begun to find more of include Ray Gill, Kermit Jaediker, Roy Garn, and George Kapitan. The most noted, of course, is future novelist Spillane. So far I've found all of two stories I'd attribute to him at Timely.

He's known to have worked on the short-lived WWII-centric strip Jap-Buster Johnson, and in fact this story is the origin, "Friendship" from U.S.A. Comics 6 (Dec/42). The Spillaneism I've excerpted in all three tiers is "keed" for "kid"; the "yup" seen here is another one he uses. "Aghrr", seen later in the story, in various hyphenizations is used by a number of the Funnies, Inc. writers, although this is the one time I've seen Spillane use it. It's in the next story in #7, but among other things, Johnson's first name has changed from Doug to Everett, so I don't jump at Spillane for that one.

His one Timely superhero story that I've come across so far is "The Case of the Attempted Dreadnaught Disasters" in Human Torch 7 (Spring/42). A Spillaneism seen later in the story is "Ye gods." This is the point at which Carl Burgos had just stopped writing all the Torch stories he was drawing.

I hope eventually this will lead to Mickey Spillane’s stories elsewhere—for Captain Marvel and such.