Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Don Segall and Two Colonels

Now that I've gotten the miscredits to Don Segall straightened out, here are some Dell comedy TV tie-ins and one movie adaptation definitely written by him. As acknowledged in the indicia, even the ones published prior to Western Publishing's splitting off to form Gold Key in late 1962 were produced in-house at Dell rather than supplied by Western.

McKeever and the Colonel 1--'O-oo'; It seems that he has misplaced his jeep...

Here are tiers from the first issue of the military-school sitcom McKeever and the Colonel—one I somehow never encountered, as much TV as I watched in the Sixties. The obvious signals for a Segall script are "O-oo" or "O-ooo" and captions along the lines of: It seems he's done this... From a quick look again just now, I don't think those happen to appear in either of his credited dialogue jobs at DC; I had to pick them up once I worked backward to Dell from those Creeper and Inferior Five stories.

Where I show only one issue out of a run, others have written the other Issues. Andy Griffith 1 and 2 are Four-Color 1252 and 1341. Tony Tallarico lettered the stories he inked here.

WRITTEN BY DON SEGALL

Andy Griffith

Jan-Mar/62 #1  Opie's Secret a: Henry Scarpelli
Apr-June/     #2  Undercover Man a: Scarpelli

Beany and Cecil

Feb-Apr/62 #1  Old Paint a: ?—same throughout #1
     Table Manners a: ?
    Security Leak a: ?
     Beany Uses His Head... a: ?
    The Mess Maker a: ?

Calvin and the Colonel

Apr-June/62 #1  The Dream House a: ?—same as #2
July-Sep/     #2  Money Is Everything a: ?

Car 54, Where Are You?

Sep-Nov/63 #7  Memories p: Bill Fraccio  i: Tony Tallarico

Car 54, Where Are You? backup: Tommy Trouble

Sep-Nov/63 #7  The Delivery p: Fraccio  i: Tallarico

Margie

July-Sep/62 #2  Opening Night a: Scarpelli

McHale's Navy

Aug-Oct/63 #2  Sea-ing Things a: Scarpelli

McKeeever and the Colonel

Feb-Apr/63 #1  Split Personality p: Fraccio  i: Tallarico
May-July/     #2  Cleaning Up p: Fraccio  i: Tallarico
Aug-Oct/     #3  The Rugged Life p: Fraccio  i: Tallarico

Movie Classic

Oct-Dec/63 The Mouse on the Moon p: Fraccio  i: Tallarico

Segall very likely wrote all the inside-cover one-pagers for the issues here. The ones I can be certain of (It seems that Calvin has a problem...) are "Duty Calls" and "Going Down" on the inside front covers of Calvin and the Colonel 1 and 2, and Margie 2's "Finger Painting."

Friday, February 27, 2015

George Wildman on Sick--and Felix?

George Wildman, Charlton's editor for most of the Seventies, was the company's main Popeye artist, and continued with the strip late in the decade when the book was returned to Western Publishing (Gold Key and then Whitman).

He used a pen name (or pen initials) at Sick, which had came to Charlton to end its run. This article, "Who's Watching What" from 119 (Feb/78) is signed D.E.K. in the final panel; as it happens, its script (credited on the splash page) is by Popeye writer Bill Pearson.

Sick 119

I believe I see Wildman's art, anonymous, much earlier—before he's otherwise known to have worked in comic books—on Dell's Felix the Cat. "Felix Forgets to Call Ohm"/"Packaged Lightning" (Felix 9, Oct-Dec/63) and "Testy Tester"/"Tested Tester" (12, July-Sep/65)—each a two-chapter story—suggest his work to me.

The best place to look for any artist's style would be secondary figures, but here I chose a panel of Sappo from a Wotasnozzle backup to Popeye, because his straight-to-the-side pose, with a head almost perfectly round, is typical of Wildman, like the character George in the Felix tier below. In the Felix stories there are backgrounds of massed clouds with a few distant birds by their edges; the same can be found in Wildman's Popeye stories.

Popeye 162, 171, Felix 12

So George Wildman would be my guess on those two Felix stories.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Arneson, Not Segall

The misattributions to Don Segall on the GCD for these books, coalescing as far as anyone can tell out of thin air, originated decades earlier with me, back around the time I misidentified some non-William Woolfolk stories as Woolfolk's. I was correct in making the leap from these Dell stories to the Tower ones, but started from a misidentification of the writer. From what I can see now, Don Segall worked at Dell up through the middle of 1965; these are from 1966-67.

DJ Arneson not long ago recalled writing a comic's entire first issue for Tower, an "Undersea guy." He actually wrote two issue's worth of those double-sized books, going by the style. He remembered writing the Dell monster superheroes specifically. His other series like the Monkees and Dark Shadows (to name only two) never got misattributed.

An early warning sign for Arneson's writing is "Great Scot" rather than "Scott" (although I've seen him use the latter once or twice). The full page here is from 1966's bookstore comic THE GREAT SOCIETY COMIC BOOK, on which he and Tony Tallarico (though not ghost-penciller Bill Fraccio) got cover and splash credits; the tier below it is from FLYING SAUCERS 1, art by Chic Stone.

Great Society Comic Book, Flying Saucers 1 'Great Scot'
DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN, of course, took up their numbering after one-shot tie-ins to the Universal movies a few years earlier. DRACULA 5 was skipped. The reasoning is obvious: 5 would have reprinted 1, but they skipped over it to the superhero issues. It may be a persnickety reason for the numbering gap, but it is a reason, not the mistake that fans have called it.

Scripts by DJ ARNESON, not Don Segall, at Dell

DRACULA 2-4
DRACULA 6-8 (reprints 2-4)

FRANKENSTEIN 2-4

WEREWOLF 1-3

FLYING SAUCERS 1-4
FLYING SAUCERS 5 (reprints 1)

at Tower

UNDERSEA AGENT 1-2

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Legion Artist You've Heard Of. "Who Was It?" "Same Guy!"

Win Mortimer took over as regular artist on the Legion of Super-Heroes in late 1968. Naturally, if you didn't take a good look, you'd assume he's the penciller of "Lament for a Legionnaire" in Action 384 (Jan/70). Well, he may have touched up the figure of Element Lad in the splash panel. But otherwise Curt Swan returns for his final bow on the strip's first run.

Action 384 Lament for a Legionnaire

If it explains the long-standing misattribution, Swan is being inked on this story by Jack Abel, the regular on the strip at this point, whereas on the very same issue's Superman story George Roussos is his inker.

Nelson Bridwell mistook Swan's 1952 art for Mortimer's in the reprint of the Batman story "The Masterminds of Crime." He was corrected and ran the correction soon after.

But certainly by 1970 (if not as early as 1952), Mortimer's and Swan's art styles don't look very much alike, do they?

Friday, January 30, 2015

Mary Marvel's Final Artist at Fawcett

In 1948 Mary Marvel loses her strip in Wow Comics to Tom Mix and even has her own book retitled and taken over by another screen cowboy, Monte Hale. She remains a member of the Marvel Family, of course, and her solo strip continues as a backup in Marvel Family into 1951.

Her final penciller there is Pete Riss. There seem to be a number of inkers—or finishers—some obscuring his style more than others. On this page from "Mary Marvel Fights the Likeness Peril" the woman in green, especially in the middle tier (note her arms), is the best example of Riss's pencils.

Marvel Family 58

There are no Mary Marvel strips in 52, 56, and 59, as those issues' Marvel Family stories are full-length. The Mary story in 51, like the Marvel Family lead, seems to be out of inventory from a number of years earlier.

Mary Marvel in Marvel Family
Penciled by Pete Riss


Jul/50 49  MM and the Adult Children
Aug/     50  MM Battles the Melody of Crime
Nov/     53  MM Battles the Evil Exterminator
Dec/     54  MM Battles the Predatory Plants
Jan/51 55  MM and the Miser of Resources
Mar/     57  MM Battles the Collector of Hate
Apr/     58  MM Fights the Likeness Peril
Jun/     60  MM and the Man Who Killed with Kindness

Friday, January 23, 2015

Superman Writer Woolfolk. But Probably Not the One You Expected.

A quarter of a century ago I IDed a number of William Woolfolk's Superman stories. His records later showed, however, that I'd mistakenly attributed too many stories to him—some from before and some from after he actually worked on the character.

On the earlier stories, it turns out that my Woolfolk ID was just given to the wrong Woolfolk. Compare these panels from "Super-Cowboy" with those from Dorothy Woolfolk's "Hardboiled Heart" in Love Diary in the previous post.

Action 134 'Oh, glory' 'Oh, golly'

In places such as Steranko's History of Comics it's been told that Dorothy was writing Lois Lane stories when William started writing Superman. That made people assume it was around 1946, since that's when the Lois Lane back-up strip in Superman ended. Actually, it was a few years later: she was writing the Superman strip, with a number of Lois-centered stories in the mix (not unlike the other writers, of course; recall that "Lois Lane, Cavegirl" in Action 129 is by Alvin Schwartz). Those Lois Lane back-ups' writers are accounted for: Don Cameron on some, Whitney Ellsworth on others.

This is my first pass on IDing Dorothy Woolfolk's Superman stories in Action; I'm looking over Superman too. The stories I misIDed as William's that fall after his actual run belong to a third hand.

Superman in Action Comics
Scripts by Dorothy Woolfolk


Jun/49 #133  The World's Most Perfect Girl
Jul/      #134  Super-Cowboy
Jan/50  #140  Superman Becomes a Hermit
Apr/     #143  The Bride of Superman
Jun/     #145  Merton Gloop and His Magic Horseshoe
Jul/      #146  The Statues That Came to Life
Nov/     #150  The Secret of the 6 Superman Statues

Friday, January 16, 2015

Dorothy Woolfolk's Early Entries in Love Diary

Since some of Dorothy Woolfolk's Love Diary scripts (in #17-19) were noted in William Woolfolk's records because he'd supplied the plots, I was able to get a handle on her writing style. I've mentioned that one of his pet expressions was "Good glory"; one of hers is "Oh, glory." She uses "Oh" in other expressions like "Oh, golly" and "Oh, (name). Dorothy does use "Good glory" herself once or twice. These panels are from "Hardboiled Heart" in #6.

Love Diary 6 'Oh, glory' and 'Oh, golly'

These are the stories that I'm quite sure of at this point. There are others I might add later when I get an even better handle on her style (in other words, beyond those particular expressions); I have fifteen more stories from #1-10 down with a question mark after her name. From his records we know that William had two stories in #8 and one in #10. There are other writers on the comic; for instance, there's a run of the Prescription for Happiness feature all by the same writer.

UPDATE: I thought I might be retconning Dorothy (Roubicek) Woolfolk's name at this point, but Jake Oster tells me she married William in September 1948.

Love Diary scripts by
Dorothy Woolfolk included in #1-10


Nov/49 #3  Afraid to Love
Not My Decision to Make
Jan/50 #4  I Lied to My Heart
Movie Crazy [SALLY WEEKS]
Mar/     #5  She Wanted My Man [A NURSE CONFESSES]
Stolen Kisses
May/     #6  Love Tyrant
Hardboiled Heart
Too Sure of My Man [SALLY WEEKS]
Oct/     #9  Too Young to Love