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

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Mr. District Attorney: Eppure รจ Ed Dobrotka

Nowadays I can't compare this artist's work to any of what he did on Superman, because on the Grand Comics Database the Jerry Siegel records at one remove of the Shuster Shop work seem to be disappearing Ed Dobrotka from the feature and replacing him in the history books with the mistakenly mentioned Sam Citron.

Well, Dobrotka also worked on the Seven Soldiers of Victory at DC, and Captain Triumph and Betty Bates at Quality (Sam Citron worked there too, but on different features and later, in a style recognizable from his credited stories later still at ACG). Here is art from the Betty Bates story in Hit 40 (May 1946) to compare with panels from DC's radio show tie-in title Mr. District Attorney—ones from "The Million-Dollar Racket," "Station K-I-L-L," and "The Case of the Fat Crook." A very different inking style almost suffocates the pencils on Mr. District Attorney; still, art-spotters have discerned Dobrotka's style underneath, but—sigh—misattributed it to Citron.

Hit 40, Mr DA 1, 2, 3

France Edward Herron's scripts are distinctive enough to jump out at me while I'm primarily looking for the artist.

Mr. District Attorney stories
pencilled by Ed Dobrotka


Jan-Feb/48 #1  The Innocent Forger
The Five Days That Shook a City
The Million-Dollar Racket w: Ed Herron
The Spook Crooks
Mar-Apr/     #2  The Richest Man in Prison w: Herron
The Case of the Crooked Models
The Case of the Blind Crook w: Herron
Station K-I-L-L
May-June/     #3  The Honest Convicts w: Herron
The Case of the Fat Crook w: Herron
In This Corner—Death w: Herron
July-Aug/     #4  The Merchant of Death w: Herron

The False Code of Honor w: Herron
Death Writes a Forgery
The Case of the Loan Shark
Sept-Oct/     #5  The Booby-Trap Killer
The Gas-Man Sleuth w: Herron
The Counterfeit Medicine Mob

Thursday, March 29, 2018

More Sekowsky/Robinson

There's no question that Mike Sekowsky worked on Dear Nancy Parker, Gold Key's short-lived romance title. "Going Steady," the final Nancy Parker story in #2, has long been noted as his pencils; the inks are by Sekowsky perennial Frank Giacoia (and maybe Joe Giella, who often teamed with Giacoia on inking Sekowsky).


Sekowsky penciled the rest of the Nancy Parker stories too, as this page from "Sick at Heart" in #1 shows, even more clearly than the page I used as an example on my Lassie post. (This post is restating of my reply to Alberto's comment on that post—here I can show this page.) Again, the inks are, I take it, Jerry Robinson's. If Sekowsky did "Going Steady" for Gold Key then he must have done these stories for them too; he isn't actually a ghost for Robinson.

As on Lassie 60-62's Elephant Boy backup, the Nancy Parker Great Loves backup does not involve Mike Sekowsky.

Sekowsky/Robinson art on Dear Nancy Parker

June/63 #1  Sick at Heart

Love Song for One
Delay for Love
Sep/      #2  Summer Romance
I'm Misunderstood

Friday, March 9, 2018

Joe Millard's Love and Jugheads

Quality put out a lot of romance stories, and on a lot of them I have no idea of the writer, but on the short-run western themed Range Romances I was able to ID writer Joe Millard—no stranger to westerns—on a good handful of stories.

Range Romances 4

On "Kisses of Hate" as seen here he uses "Grawwwk," something you see more often in his Plastic Man than in the typical romance story, but he also uses a term from his other westerns: "jughead" for a horse.

Joe Millard
Range Romances Scripts


Dec/49 Petticoat Law
Outlaw Love
Tenderfoot Sweetheart
Feb/50 2   Rustled Kisses
She-Devil Canyon
Passion for Vengeance
 June/    4   Kisses of Hate