Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Woolfolk Records Update 5

Captain Marvel Advs 68 cover
This Captain Marvel story was easy enough to track down—the problem was that I missed posting it to begin with. Three Cap stories in a row in the notebook looked like two, I guess, until I happened to look at the scan again much later and didn't remember dealing with this story.

I haven't seen the issue, but this seems the only place where the Moon Girl story could fit. International Comics didn't even occur to me as a Moon Girl venue when I posted; this was her only appearance in the title.

Readers helped find two of these: darkmark tracked down the Captain Midnight story after I posted it as unknown. SangorShop found the conspiracy of Pontiac story very shortly after I posted; it was reworked to 12 pages in publication, from 15 in script form.

The companies are Fawcett, EC, and Orbit.

May 1945
8 pg  Captain Midnight tunnel of terror
    "Tunnel of Terror" Capt Mid 39, Apr/46
November 1945
Captain Marvel visits Balt. & boy violin prodigy
    "CM Visits Baltimore" CM Advs 68, Dec/46
August 1947
Moon Girl man lives beyond death
    "Beauty and the Beast" International 6, Spr/48
January 1948
15  Western Outlaw conspiracy of Pontiac
12    "The Fighting Westerner" The Westerner 15, Aug/48

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Kirby Analyzes Your Dreams

Strange World of Your Dreams 1--Julie Pendleton
 
The Strange World of Your Dreams is a short-lived companion to Black Magic from Prize; Simon & Kirby are doing romance and crime comics for the company at this time as well. Dream analysis is an esoteric subject indeed (and in my opinion, the longer pieces here that use it in story plots work better than the short analysis-only ones.)

Jack Kirby's distinctive writing style is a little subtler than it will be twenty years in the future, but there's no mistaking him on most of these stories. There are few quoted words, but there are some. He emphasizes words that other writers probably would not, but at this point in his career most notably he emphasize entire sentences—generally final ones in long captions.

In the tiers comparing "Send Us Your Dreams [Julie Pendleton]" (SWOYD 1) and "X-Pit" (Mister Miracle 2, May-June/71, DC), note the triples: It was strange! Unexpected! Humiliating!; Explosion! Shock! Flame! Those were what made me take these as examples, but then I noticed these commas after conjunctions: "And, I thought I liked her!"; Then, the panic of aftermath!

SWOYD 1 tier and Mister Miracle 2 tier
 
If other writers submitted scripts rewritten by Kirby, or coplotted, I don't see any way of telling. Jack Oleck had some scripts published without rewriting at Prize (easier to find in Black Magic); Kirby doesn't script all the S&K stories, just the great majority—other artists' as well as the ones he draws. I'll emphasize that I'm IDing only the final script as used in the comic book.

On the art side, it would take a better eye than mine to point out specifics of Joe Simon's work, if any, here. I'm not very sure of the inks on Kirby's pencils or on Mort Meskin's, but I wonder if George Roussos inks a number of stories.

“The Dreaming Tower” in #1 takes H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Outsider” (uncredited) and makes a rather different story out of it; Lovecraft’s shock ending becomes a throwaway plot point on the comic book story’s second-to-last page.

The Strange World of Your Dreams


Aug/52 #1  I Talked with My Dead Wife w: Jack Kirby  p: Kirby
    You Sent Us This Dream [unnamed] w: Kirby  p: Mort Meskin
    Don't Wake the Sleeper w: Kirby  a: Bill Draut
    Send Us Your Dreams [Julie Pendleton] w: Kirby  p: Kirby
    The Dreaming Tower w: Kirby  p: Meskin
S-O/    #2  The Girl in the Grave w: Kirby  p: Kirby
    You Sent Us This Dream [Betty L.] w: Kirby  a: Bob McCarty
    You Sent Us This Dream [Ellen K.] w: Kirby  p: Kirby
    I Lived 200 Years Ago w: Kirby  p: Meskin
    Send Us Your Dreams [Walter W.] w: Kirby  p: Kirby
    A Dream Saved His Life w: Kirby  a: ?
N-D/    #3  The Woman in the Tower w: Kirby  p: Kirby
    Send Us Your Dreams [Edith Beck] w: Kirby  a: Draut
    Edge of Madness w: Kirby  p: Meskin
    You Sent Us This Dream [Patricia S.] w: Kirby  a: George Roussos
    You Sent Us This Dream [Thomas R.] w: Kirby  p: Kirby  i: Roussos?
    You Sent Us This Dream [John W.] w: Kirby  a: McCarty
J-F/53  #4  Show Us Your Face w: Kirby  p: Meskin
    The Moon and You * w: Jack Oleck?  a: McCarty
    Romance in the Stars * w: ? a: McCarty
    Send Us Your Dreams [many readers] w: Kirby  a: ?
    The Skeleton in Your Closet * w: ? a: McCarty
    You Sent Us This Dream [Paul R.] w: Kirby?  a: ?
    4L-523 w: Oleck?  a: ?
         * Special Horoscope Featurette

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Woolfolk Records 1948/08

William Woolfolk's publishers this month: Orbit, Fawcett, and Quality.

There are two 2-page features indexed in Wanted 18 (I haven't seen the issue)—which of the two is Woolfolk's is anybody's guess.

UPDATE: see darkmark's comment—he found the Monte Hale

Hit 59 cover--Kid Eternity

August 1948 Comic Book Scripts by William Woolfolk

15 pg  Death Rides the Silver Trail
14  as Wild Bill Pecos "Death Rides the Silver Trail" The Westerner 18, Feb/49
Ibis Gog and Magog at peace conference
"The Menace of Gog and Magog" Whiz 108, Apr/49
11  Doll Man Darrel Dane gets amnesia
"The Doll Man Loses His Identity" Feature 132, Mar/49
Monte Hale man who hated Indians
"The Man Who Hated Indians" MH Western 35, Apr/49
Captain Marvel god of chance intervenes against Marvel
"CM's Long Chance" CM Advs 95, Apr/49
13  Kid Eternity man gets tomorrow's newspaper
"Tomorrow's Crimes Today" Hit 59, July/49
15  Dead Man's Street 14 pg "Dead Man's Street" Wanted 18, Feb/49
Wanted feature Wanted 18, Feb/49

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tales of the Greene Freighter

Although in the real world, unlike in Watchmen, superhero comics were not completely replaced by pirate comics, a few publishers did test those waters. Quality's Buccaneers took over the numbering of Kid Eternity with issue 19 and lasted to 27.

Some of Sid Greene's work at Quality has been noted—the Inspector Denver story in Police 104, a romance story here and there—but his only series here that I know of is the second half of Eric Falcon's run in Buccaneers. Falcon was a soldier of fortune in Colonial times; not every adventure involved pirates.

Other artists work on the series in Buccaneers 19-23 before Greene comes aboard. He most likely inks himself in 25 and 26; I didn't even recognize the story in 24 as his until I looked over the series again before writing this post.

Buccaneers 25 Eric Falcon page tiers

Eric Falcon stories drawn by Sid Greene in Buccaneers

Nov/50 #24  An Empire of Pirates w: ?
Jan/51 #25  The Surrender of Eric Falcon w: ? 
Mar/     #26  Bloody Fingers of Fate w: Joe Millard
May/     #27  The Code of Treachery w: ?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Woolfolk Records 1948/07

Wanted 17 cover: Heber Ayers
 
Quality, Fawcett, and Orbit are the publishers, as usual. William Woolfolk is assigned Lance O'Casey scripts in fits and starts; the last time he submitted some was in August 1946.

Woolfolk usually notes text pieces as "fiction"; the Wanted "feature" is a short comics story.

July 1948 Comic Book Scripts by William Woolfolk

11 pg  Doll Man man can open any lock
    "Tom Thumb, Miniature Master of Menace" DM 22, May/49
Lance O'Casey pygmy king who hates pygmies
  "LO'C Meets Longo of the Congo" Whiz 105, Dec/48
Captain Marvel Jr. the singing donkey
    "The Singing Donkey" CMJ 71, Mar/49
Lance O'Casey the festival of pirates
    "LO'C and the Pirate's Festival" Whiz 109, May/49
11  Blackhawk the sunken atoll
    "Kauno . . . Atoll of Mystery" BH 26, Aug/49
11  Doll Man meets the Minstrel
    "The Minstrel" DM 23, July/49
Monte Hale under a peace bond
    "MH and His Peace Bond" Western Hero 76, Mar/49
15  The Shotgun Kid "The Shotgun Kid" Wanted 17, Jan/49
11  Kid Eternity Master Man with similar powers to Kid E
    "Master Man" KE 15, May/49
Wanted feature "Wanted: Heber Ayers" Wanted 17, Jan/49
Captain Marvel the hypochondria epidemic
    "The Phantom Plague" CM Advs 94, Mar/49
11  Plastic Man last man on Earth
    "The Last Man on Earth" PM 17, May/49

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Swipe While the Iron Is Hot

BH 24 cover--Blackhawk jumping through window glass with woman in hs arms, man with gun behind them

Tying together the previous two posts: Blackhawk 24 (Apr/49) with two William Woolfolk stories, and Ken Shannon, here in Police 104 (Feb/51).

Police 104 cover--Ken Shannon jumping through window glass with woman in hs arms, man with gun behind them

A few Reed Crandall Blackhawk covers were recycled into later Blackhawk ones, as I recall was pointed out in Alter Ego. This Police cover artist is so far unidentified, but probably the editors instigated this swipe so soon after publishing the original.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Woolfolk Records 1948/06


Captain Marvel Adventures 93 cover Continuing my transcriptions of William Woolfolk's script sales records, scanned by Marc Svensson through the good graces of Donna Woolfolk; my additions of publication data are in bold.

Quality, Fawcett, and Orbit are still the steady buyers.

UPDATE: I assumed "The Fighting Cabbie" fitted into Wanted 16; but now that I've seen the issue, I find no cabbies.

If the Monte Hale stories are being published in roughly the order received, the only issue of Real Western Hero available for either of these is the unindexed issue 75; the stories in 74 and (the slightly changed title) Western Hero 76-78 are Woolfolk's, written in other months. With more slots to fill in each Monte Hale Western, that would be the better possibility. UPDATE: darkmark found the tournament story in the February MHW.

June 1948 Comic Book Scripts by William Woolfolk

11 pg  Blackhawk crime conspiracy to take over the U.S.
"Criminal Number One" BH 24, Apr/49
Ibis Taia becomes an enchanted maiden at King Arthur's Court
"The Enchanted Maiden" Whiz 106, Feb/49
The Fighting Cabbie
Captain Marvel world's greatest lawyer
"The World's Greatest Lawyer" CM Advs 93, Feb/49
10  Doll Man Darrel Dane's double
"Darrel Dane's Double" Feature 133, Apr/49
Monte Hale gun runners
MH Western or Real Western Hero c. Feb/49
Captain Marvel book that contains all knowledge
"The Book of All Knowledge" CM Advs 93, Feb/49
11  Blackhawk the phantom bombers
"Captain Suicide" BH 24, Apr/49
Monte Hale tournament for marksmen
"The Killers' Tournament" MH Western 33, Feb/49
15  The Pony Express
14  as Wild Bill Pecos "The Pony Express" The Westerner 17, Dec/48
Ibis the gorgon's sisters
"Labyrinth of the Lost" Whiz 107, Mar/49

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Ken Shannon and the Aquaman Artist

Private eye Ken Shannon took over Plastic Man's lead slot in Police Comics at the end of 1950 and within the year received his own title as well. I index Ken Shannon in this post; I haven't seen a complete run of the post-Plas Police.

Shannon's main penciller was Reed Crandall. Sam Burlockoff has said he inked Crandall on the feature; Burlockoff's major credit that I know of is early war stuff at DC, but I'm not familiar enough with his style to credit him with particular stories here. Chuck Cuidera has been linked to Crandall here in much the way George Klein was once credited with inking every Superman story Curt Swan ever pencilled, be they inked by Kaye, Moldoff, or Forte if not Klein. I'll just put aside the question of Ken Shannon inkers altogether on this list.

I believe two stories are pencilled by W.G. Hargis, who got to sign a number of his Inspector Denver stories in Police. One story's penciller I can't figure at all.

The penciller just behind Crandall in terms of quantity (counting the appearances of the strip in both Police and KS) has been a mystery. The inking obscured his style as seen earlier at other companies.

Ken Shannon 10, story 2, panels

I see the work of John Daly. The young man shaking Shannon's hand is the best example of Daly's style in faces, showing through the inking; Ken Shannon himself is inked heavily to match Crandall's face for the character. The next panel's rather stodgy staging of the figures comes closest to the staging on the Aquaman page, the staging that typefies Daly to me.

Adventure 151 Aquaman panels

All ten covers were pencilled, if not inked as well, by Crandall.

The William Woolfolk credits are a sneak preview into his script records for 1951-52. In brief: Woolfolk and Joe Millard share use of the scream "Eeeahhh," but Millard uses his standby "Owoooff" that Woolfolk never does. "Q," a Quality writer of the Fifties I can't yet name, opts for variations of "Urghh" and "Iiieee." UPDATE: "Q" is Robert Bernstein

Ken Shannon 1-10 Writers and Pencillers

Oct/51#1 The Evil Eye of Count Ducriew: Joe Millard p: Reed Crandall
The Playful Pickpocketw: Millard  p: Crandall
The Carrier Pigeon Casew: Robert Bernstein  p: W.G. Hargis?
Dec/    #2 Cut-Rate Corpsesw: Millard  p: Crandall
Invitation to a Murderw: Millard  p: Crandall

Front Man for Murderw: Millard  p: Crandall
Feb/52 #3 The Corpse That Wouldn't Sleepw: Millard  p: Crandall
The Case of the Butchered Butcherw: Millard  p: Crandall
One Day I'll Kill Youw: Millard  p: Crandall
Apr/     #4 Stone Hatchet Murderw: Millard  p: Crandall
Stand-In for Murderw: William Woolfolk p: Crandall
The Case of the All-Seeing Eyew: Millard  p: Hargis?
June/    #5 The Case of the Carny KiIlerw: Millard  p: Crandall
The Man from Nowherew: Woolfolk  p: ?
Doctor of Deathw: Woolfolk  p: John Daly
Aug/    #6 The Vampire Mobw: Millard  p: Crandall
Dead Man's Alleyw: Millard  p: Daly
Dee Dee Can't Be Deadw: Bernstein  p: Daly
Oct/    #7 The Ugliest Man in the Worldw: Bernstein  p: Daly
Murder on Accountw: Bernstein p: Daly
Too Many Killersw: Bernstein p: Daly
Dec/    #8 Mansion of Mangled Menw: Woolfolk  p: Daly

The Chinatown Murdersw: Bernstein  p: Daly
The Doom Expressw: Bernstein  p: Daly
Feb/53#9 The Flame of Doomw: Millard  p: Daly
Necklace of Bloodw: Woolfolk  p: Daly
Day It Rained Moneyw: Millard  p: Daly
Apr/    #10 In the Shadow of the Chairw: Millard  p: Daly
Your Money or Your Bloodw: Millard  p: Daly
[untitled]w: Bernstein  p: Daly

The back-up feature in 1-9 is Angles O'Day (Not-So-Special Investigator), not only wriiten and drawn but lettered by Jack Cole, and 10 presents a Flatfoot Burns by Al Stahl, the last of that series from Police and The Spirit.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Woolfolk Records 1948/05

Monte Hale Western 32 cover
Fawcett, Quality, and Orbit are the familiar publishers here.

Monte Hale stories aren't that easy to track down, with his comics spottily collected or indexed; but this will be one of William Woolfolk's frequent assignments for four years. I did find one of this month's five in Real Western Hero; the unindexed Monte Hale Western 32 came out in the same month. These descriptions don't fit any of the story titles indexed in 31.

Likewise these Wanted stories fit between known stories in issues 15 and 17. They may have been published under titles other than Woolfolk's. UPDATE: They were. Now that I've seen Wanted 16, I've changed the titles here as the editors did there, and added the text story title.

In later months he enters a number of two-pagers as "Wanted features," so I believe this month's two-page "fiction" is a Wanted text piece.

May 1948 Comic Book Scripts by William Woolfolk

7 pg  Captain Marvel the chameleon stone
    "The Chameleon Stone" CM Advs 91, Dec/48
Marvel Family world's greatest magician
    "The World's Greatest Magician" MF 30, Dec/48
14  Doll Man Undertaker's coffin crimes
    "Coffins for Crime" DM 20, Jan/49
Woozy becomes general of a S. American country
    "Commander in Chief" Plastic Man 15, Jan/49
Ibis the skull of a sorcerer
    "The Skull of Evil" Whiz 105, Jan/49
Monte Hale crooked judge runs town
    "Outlaw Town" Real Western Hero 74, Jan/49
15  The Musical Murders a mad pianist
    "The Musical Demon" Wanted 16, Nov/48
Monte Hale the average sheriff
    MH Western c. 32, Jan/49
Monte Hale outlaw stallion
    MH Western c. 32, Jan/49
12  Plastic Man Beau Brummel
    "Beau Crummel" PM 15, Jan/49
Monte Hale alone with 5 killers
    MH Western c. 32, Jan/49
Monte Hale Indian chief
    MH Western c. 32, Jan/49
10  Double for Death playwright becomes character he writes about
    "Double for Destiny" Wanted 16, Nov/48
fiction "What Happened to the Cyclops?" [text] Wanted 16, Nov/48

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Writers: Aquaman in Adventure 247-284

Adventure 282 logo with Aquaman blurb

247 would be an arbitrary start to a run of any comic except Adventure; the significance lies in the Superboy story, of course, not with Aquaman or the other back-ups. A number of my attributions here were circulated through fandom in the Nineties by Rich Morrissey, but on this list I've filled in the gaps in the run.

Jack Miller typically uses the captions Just then..., Before long..., The answer comes the next instant..., and In the next [adjective] instant...; Robert Bernstein typically the caption Moments after... instead of Moments later.... But these are not hard and fast differences, of course; in "The Robinson Crusoe of the Sea" (252) there's a Moments after..., but more clues point to Miller. If so, he happened to use that style of caption once.

"A World without Water" (251), out of all the Aquaman stories, uses the exclamations "Owoofff" and "Eeaahh" (also used in only one Green Arrow story: "The Man Who Hated Arrows" in 249). These are seen throughout the Dale Evans and Sierra Smith stories by Joe Millard, at DC, as well as the myriad of stories he did at Quality. The "Y-i-i-i-i" in both turns up in 250's "The Guinea Pig of the Sea."

All Aquaman art in these Adventure issues is by Ramona Fradon except 284, which is by Jim Mooney.

"How Aquaman Got His Powers" in 260 is the new origin. "The Manhunt on Land" in 267 is the crossover with Green Arrow, the other back-up, also written by Robert Bernstein at the time; the two villains switch land and sea theatres of operation. "The Kid from Atlantis" in 269 introdues Aquaman's new partner, Aqualad.

Aquaman begins appearing in the forerunner to his own book, four Showcase appearances, in the same month as Adventure 280. With 281, the back-up space that held Aquaman and Congorilla stories is devoted to double-length stories of either one, alternating, so Aquaman doesn't appear in 281 or 283. After Adventure 284 his back-up slot moves to Detective and then to World's Finest.

The Superboy story in 280, by the way, "Superboy and the Mermaid from Atlantis" (written by Jerry Siegel), takes two panels to account for the difference between Aquaman's Atlanteans with legs and Lori Lemaris's fishtailed merfolk.

Aquaman in Adventure 247-284 Writers

Apr/58 #247  Aquaman's Super Sea-Squad Jack Miller
May/     #248  The Traitor of the Seven Seas Miller
June/     #249  Wanted—Aqua-Crook Robert Bernstein
July/     #250  The Guinea Pig of the Sea Joe Millard
Aug/     #251  A World without Water Millard
Sept/     #252  The Robinson Crusoe of the Sea Miller
Oct/     #253  The Ocean of 1,000,000 B.C. Bernstein
Nov/     #254  The Menace of the Electric Man Miller
Dec/     #255  Aquaman's Double Trouble Bernstein
Jan/59 #256  The Ordeal of Aquaman Bernstein
Feb/     #257  The Imitation Aquaman Bernstein
Mar/     #258  The Incredible Fish of Doctor Danton Miller
Apr/     #259  The Octopus Man Miller
May/     #260  How Aquaman Got His Powers Bernstein
June/     #261  Aquaman Duels the Animal-Master Bernstein
July/     #262  The Undersea Hospital Bernstein
Aug/     #263  The Great Ocean Election Miller
Sept/     #264  Aquaman and His Sea Police Bernstein
Oct/     #265  The Secret of the Super-Safe Bernstein
Nov/     #266  Aquaman Meets Aquagirl Bernstein
Dec/     #267  The Manhunt on Land Bernstein
Jan/60 #268  The Adventures of Aquaboy Bernstein
Feb/     #269  The Kid from Atlantis Bernstein
Mar/     #270  The Menace of Aqualad Bernstein
Apr/     #271  The Second Deluge Bernstein
May/     #272  The Human Flying Fish Bernstein
June/     #273  Around the World in 80 Hours Bernstein
July/     #274  Aqua-Queen Miller
Aug/     #275  The Interplanetary Mission Bernstein
Sept/     #276  The Aqua-Thief of the Seven Seas Bernstein
Oct/     #277  The Underwater Olympics Bernstein
Nov/     #278  Aqualad Goes to School Bernstein
Dec/     #279  Silly Sailors of the Sea Bernstein
Jan/61 #280  The Lost Ocean Bernstein
Mar/     #282  One Hour to Doom Bernstein
May/     #284  The Charge of Aquaman's Sea Soldiers Miller

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Woolfolk Records 1948/04

Police 86 cover: Plastic Man
 
The scripts William Woolfolk wrote this month were bought by Fawcett, Orbit, and Quality, plus a publisher I hadn't heard he worked for: Prize (content supplied by Simon & Kirby on this title). This would be his sole known story for the company and his first romance story (whose publication data I couldn't track down from his description). In fact, in an interview decades later, he recalled he hadn't worked for Simon & Kirby.

As a sign of where the times are going for superheroes: Real Western Hero has taken over the numbering of Wow Comics, and Monte Hale Western, which will figure in May's listings, has taken over that of Mary Marvel.

April 1948 Comic Book Scripts by William Woolfolk

7 pg  Captain Marvel Capt. Marvel's hand commits crime
    "The Hand of Captain Marvel" CM Advs 90, Nov/48
Captain Marvel Titans beneath the sea
    "The Mightiest Sea-Mortal" CM Advs 91, Dec/48
Young Romance spoiled rich girl
    Young Romance
14  Kid Eternity the living dead
    "Obeah-Brutes" KE 13, Jan/49
Ibis magic tapestry
    "The Tapestry of Terror" Whiz 104, Dec/48
15  True Western the taming of Tombstone
14  as Wild Bill Pecos "Terror in Tombstone" The Westerner 16, Oct/48
15  Plastic Man Plas thinks Woozy a crook
    "Woozy's Reputation" Police 86, Jan/49
Captain Marvel Jr. Sivana Jr.'s dream machine
    "Sivana Jr.'s Dream Machine" Master 98, Dec/48
10  Tom Mix the crime showboat
9    "The Crime Show Boat" Real Western Hero 73, Dec/48
12  Monte Hale the hangman's scroll
    "The Hangman's Scroll" RWH 71, Oct/48
Captain Marvel war between the planets
    "The War between the Planets" CM Advs 91, Dec/48

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Writers: Batman 141-150

Batman 146 cover: The Deadly Curse of Korabo Bill Finger is the main Batman writer at this point, but not the only one. The sound effects Whapp or Whammp, and the spelling "Aaah" instead of "Ahhh," among other indications, show Jerry Coleman scripting. I had assumed Finger wrote all the Bat-Mite stories in Batman and Detective until I saw "Batman and Robin's Magical Powers"; Coleman, as I'd seen earlier, wrote Bat-Mite in a couple of World's Finest team-ups with Mr. Mxyzptlk.

The expression "Jumping Jonah" appears in the three stories I've attributed here to Arnold Drake. See also, among others, the splash page of "Captives of the Alien Hunter" in Challengers of the Unknown 25, April-May/62. The "Ayeee" in "The Deadly Curse of Korabo" is another clue to Drake.

Except for 148/1 and 150/3 (pencils by Jim Mooney and inks by Sheldon Moldoff), art is by Moldoff, penciller, and Moldoff and Charles Paris, inkers on different stories. Dick Dillin pencilled the covers of  143 and 150.

Batman 141-150 Writers

Aug/61 141  The Crimes of the Clockmaster Jerry Coleman
The Race of Death Bill Finger
Batwoman's Junior Partner Finger
Sept/     142  Batman's Robot-Guardian Finger
The Crimes of the Ancient Mariner Finger

Ruler of the Bewitched Valley Finger
Nov/     143  The Twice-Told Tale of Batman and Robin Finger
The Blind Batman Arnold Drake
Bat-Hound and the Creature Finger
Dec/     144  The Alien Feud on Earth Finger
The Man Who Played Batman Drake
Bat-Mite Meets Bat-Girl Finger
Feb/62 145  Hunt for Mr. 50 Finger
The Tiniest Villain in the World Finger
The Son of the Joker Finger
Mar/     146  Batman and Robin's Magical Powers Coleman
The Secret of the Leopard Boy Finger
The Deadly Curse of Korabo Drake
May/     147  The Plants of Plunder Finger
The Secret of Mystery Island Finger
Batman Becomes Bat-Baby Finger
June/     148  The Alien Force Twins Coleman

The Boy Who Was Robin Finger
The Joker's Greatest Triumph Finger
Aug/     149  The Maestro of Crime Coleman
The Invaders from the Past Coleman
Batman Tunes In on Murder Coleman
Sept/     150  The Secret behind the Stone Door Finger
The Girl Who Stole Batman's Heart Coleman
Robin, the Super Boy Wonder Finger

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Woolfolk Records 1948/03

Feature 130 cover; Doll Man

The usual suspects—Fawcett, Timely, Quality, and Orbit—bought from William Woolfolk in March '48. These were his final stories for Timely. Two Blonde Phantom scripts were published in more pages than he submitted them.

The True Crime story noted in January '48 must have been for Wanted (and by the timing, Wanted 14; the title is bimonthly at this point). It was paid at the same page rate as this month's True Crime, and the same as that month's Western Outlaw; after I posted, SangorShop noted that the latter was published in Orbit's companion magazine, The Westerner. I think it pretty safe to say now that all the crime stories Woolfolk has written so far were for Wanted; his rate there stabilized in January.

March 1948 Comic Book Scripts by William Woolfolk

9 pg Marvel FamilySivana tries to drive Marvel crazy
"Captain Marvel's Dilemma" MF 28, Oct/48
Blonde Phantoman ambitious orchestra leader
8 "Rhapsody in Death" BP 19, Sept/48
10 Doll Mancrook uses modern witchcraft
"The Hag" DM 19, Nov/48
15 True Crimesociety of Black Hand
"The Black Hand" Wanted 15, Sept/48
Blonde Phantomvaudeville crime
"Curtain Call for Crime" Namora 2, Oct/48
Ibisthe zoo of men
"Lo-Kar's Circus" Whiz 103, Nov/48
Blonde Phantomman framed for murder
5 "Justice for Jimmy Sullivan" BP 19, Sept/48
14 Blackhawkmen from the asteroid
"The Men from the Asteroid" BH 22, Dec/48
Blonde Phantom test pilot loses his nerve
"The Test of Fear" Sub-Mariner 28, Oct/48
11 Doll Mancrimetown U.S.A.
"Crimetown, U.S.A." Feature 130, Jan/49
Tom Mixthe pony express
"The Ride to Doom" Real Western Hero 72, Nov/48
Captain Marvelworld run by atomic power
"The World of Mr. Atom" CM Advs 90, Nov/48
11 Doll Mancandid microphone program
"The Stork" DM 20, Jan/49

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Another Trapani Ghost; Collect Them All

The Dell TV tie-in Hogan's Heroes, like Get Smart, has Steve Ditko on a couple of issues, ghosting for inker Sal Trapani. Ditko's style is so distinctive that any young reader at the time could recognize his work. After his issues, though, Trapani's ghosts are more harder to spot—and at some point, who knows? Trapani may even pencil for himself.

Hogan's Heroes 4 (Mar/67), "Operation Flick Flack,"  comes after a first issue pencilled by Dick Giordano and then Ditko's two issues. The place to expect Trapani to find his ghosts is at Charlton, and the artist I see pencilling here did work there in the later Sixties, although he's best known for his series work at Marvel in the Seventies.

The likenesses called for by a TV comic can stifle the artist's style; every time Colonel Hogan smiles throughout the issue, it's the same smile, as if only one photo were available of Bob Crane using that expression. In the panels here, the effort at making Lebeau look like Robert Clary seem strained (and not fully successful).

Hogan's Heroes 4' two panels of Lebeau and Newkirk

For some reason, there's no attempt (or a failed one) at using Richard Dawson's likeness as Newkirk, and that's where I see distinctive faces very much in penciller Don Perlin's style. UPDATE: It's not Perlin.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Woolfolk Records 1948/02

Hit 55 cover--The BruteThe publisher roll call this month: Fawcett, Quality, and Timely.

As usual, some Timely stories were published longer than William Woolfolk recorded the submissions in his notebook—the information in bold, such as those new page counts, forms my additions to the records.

My Tom Mix story identification is an educated guess from seeing the issue indexed, but not seeing the issue itself. UPDATE: It wasn't "The Tale of the Lonesome Cowboy" in Tom Mix 9, as I'd thought possible--it's this one. Now that I've seen "Bullets Can't Spell," I can see that the blurb uses the phrase "tale of the desert rats."

Speaking of descriptions vs. published titles, I had to flip through a number of Timely stories in this timeframe to track down all four of this month's; the Arizona Annie was the only one where the editors' title came anywhere near the notebook description.

February 1948 Comic Book Scripts by William Woolfolk

9 pg  Captain Marvel meets Fear
"CM Faces Fear" CM Advs 89, Oct/48
13  Kid Eternity meets the Brute
"The Brute" Hit 55, Nov/48
Captain Marvel Neptune's freak show
"Neptune's Freak Show" Marvel Family 27, Sept/48
Human Torch man framed for murder, escapes
"Double-Cross in Death" HT 32, Sept/48
Ibis legion of walking dead
"The Legion of the Walking Dead" Whiz 102, Dec/48
Sub-Mariner Houseboat Row
6  "My Son Is a Thief" Captain America 68, Sept/48
15  Plastic Man Lucky Seven
"Lucky Seven" Police 84, Nov/48
Captain Marvel Jr. horse that can't be ridden
"The World's Greatest Horse" Master 96, Oct/48
Arizona Annie the "lady" outlaws
6  "Annie Rides the Owl Hoot Trail" Wild Western 3, Sept/48
Captain Marvel hero's melancholia
"CM's Melancholia" CM Advs 89, Oct/48
12  Plastic Man criminal who uses words
"Words" PM 14, Nov/48
Human Torch old time gangster returns
"Bargain of Death" Captain America 69, Nov/48
Woozy becomes a walking atomic bomb
[untitled Woozy story] PM 14, Nov/48
Tom Mix desert rat's story
"Bullets Can't Spell" Real Western Hero 71, Oct/48

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Doug Roea: The Cover Artist Who Never Existed

I'll be blogging with fewer resources for awhile—I've moved and my Mac, with Photoshop, will take time to follow me. My PC laptop doesn't even want to unzip files. So, with a couple of images I already had on the PC:

Classics Illustrated 150 The Virginian cover signed Doug Roea?

Ever since fandom has been indexing, the Classics Illustrated and World Around Us covers by this artist have been credited to Doug Roea. It certainly looks as if he signed his name that way; the E would be a stylized one without a downstroke. (Click to ensmallen; thanks, Blogger.)

However, there was a paperback cover artist at the same time who didn't sign his covers, that I've seen; he did a few early Doc Savages at Bantam: The Land of Terror and The Lost Oasis. But he was credited on the copyright pages at Avon on the Tros series and the A. Merritt fantasy novels, and on the back cover of Lancer's Magnum imprint publication of H.G. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau. His name was given as Doug Rosa.

Avon Books' Tros cover credited to Doug Rosa

Occam's Razor—the simplest solution is the best—would suggest that instead of two Sixties cover artists, Doug Roea and Doug Rosa, there's only one: Rosa, whose name the paperback publishers didn't have to decipher from the signature. The supposed stylized E without a downstroke on the left could be a stylized S without downstrokes on the upper left and lower right.

UPDATE: Jake Oster sent me a link to a painting by Doug Rosa, done for the Marine Corps, with this signature. Case closed!

That would make two D. Rosas in comic books.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Woolfolk Records 1948/01


Modern Comics 78 Blackhawk cover
Another month from William Woolfolk's records book of scripts sold; the companies who bought them were Timely, Quality, Fawcett, and Orbit.

Woolfolk's true crime stories in this period were paid at a number of page rates. Two that I can track down to Orbit's Wanted ("Jay Jostyn" in April 1947 and "The Black Hand" upcoming in March 1948) were paid at $7 and $8 the page. Of the stories I couldn't find, October's "Seeress of Murder" was $6, and November's two undescribed stories were $9 (the 7-pager) and $7 (the 13-pager). This month's was $8 per page. I'll note that Timely consistently paid Woolfolk $9 a page for the superhero and western stories; Fawcett and Quality's rates shifted with the feature or total number of story pages. I don't know if conclusions can be drawn.

UPDATE: SangorShop found the Pontiac story that I couldn't before I posted. My most likely suspect, in this paragraph before updating, was Orbit's The Westerner (the story was paid at $8); I believe this issue's details have only just made it to the Grand Comics Database.

As usual at this point, some Timely stories had pages added or subtracted by the time the script got to the artist. That may mean nothing more than that the number of panels per page was shifted about.

January 1948 Comic Book Scripts by William Woolfolk

5 pg Human Torchmedium brings back past
6 "The Man Who Could Foresee Doom" HT 31, July/48
15 Western Outlawconspiracy of Pontiac
12 "The Fighting Westerner" The Westerner 15, Aug/48
13 BlackhawkMadame Butterfly
"Madame Butterfly" Modern 78, Oct/48
Arizona Anniecardboard town
"The Town That Wasn't There" Wild West 2, July/48
Two-Gun Kidthe peace loving marshal
10 "No Guns for a Killer" Wild West 2, July/48
Ibisthe vampire twins
"The Vampire Twins" Whiz 101,  Sept/48
Sub-Marinerphantom troubadour
8 "Troubadour of Terror" HT 31, July/48
Captain MarvelCaptain Marvel's funeral
"Captain Marvel's Funeral" CM Advs 88, Sept/48
Captain MarvelBilly Batson's boyhood
"Billy Batson's Boyhood" CM Advs 88, Sept/48
11 Doll ManTom Thumb grows up
"Tom's Thumb" Feature 128, Nov/48
True CrimeWanted?
Captain Marvel Jr.the Sky Hawk
"Meets the Sky Hawk" Master 95, Sept/48
Sub-Marinera statue of mariner
"Monument to Murder" S-M 27, Aug/48
14 Doll Mansecret identity exposed
"The Noose" DM 19, Nov/48
Tom Mixsociety gal goes west
TM Western? Real Western Hero?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

J'onn J'onzz Writers: House of Mystery 143-158

House of Mystery 143 J'onn J'onzz splash page
J'onn J'onzz' name at this point in his career is pronounced John Jones, not a French-style Jean Jeans as per the animated Justice League. Not only that, he's an actual Martian, rather than a member of an extra-solar race residing on Mars, as later "realism" demanded.

Previously the series was titled John Jones, Manhunter from Mars, but Manhunter had to abandon his secret identity of Detective John Jones in his last story in Detective (#326, Apr/64), the introduction of the Idol-Head of Diabolu. The story-line of new menaces spawned from the Idol-Head with each full moon continued through HOM 158. (A few issues like #153 and 154 took a break from the ongoing Diabolu storyline.)

A new arc (vs. crime organization Vulture) began in #160 and ran for the remainder of the feature, through HOM 173.

So far the only two writers I've seen on Manhunter from Mars are Miller and Wood, although that's from only a sampling of the Detective run. If, as sheer rumor has it, Joseph Samachson had anything to do with the first story (in Detective 225, Nov/55), it was not in scripting it—Jack Miller did that, to judge by the style.

The artist on every story in the Manhunter from Mars series in the Fifties and Sixties was Joe Certa.

J'onn J'onzz, Manhunter from Mars in House of Mystery 143-158—Writers

June/64#143 The Giant-MakerJack Miller
July/    #144 The Weird World of GilganaMiller
Sept/    #145 Secret of the Purple PeopleMiller
Oct/    #146 The Doom ShadowDave Wood
Dec/    #147 The Orchestra of DoomMiller
Jan/65#148 The Beings in the Color RingsWood
Mar/    #149 The Man-Thing That Unearthed SecretsWood
Apr/    #150 The Supernatural MasterpiecesWood
June/    #151 The Doom from Two WorldsMiller
July/    #152 Iwangis—Creature KingMiller
Sept/    #153 The Giants Who Slept 1,000,000 YearsMiller
Oct/    #154 The Mirror Martian ManhunterMiller
Dec/    #155 The Giant Genie of GensuMiller
Jan/66#156 Look What Happened to J'onn J'onzz!Miller
Mar/    #157 Manhunter, World's Greatest ClownMiller
Apr/    #158 Origin of the Diabolu Idol-HeadMiller

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A Mort Leav Captain America Story

A while ago in one of his Four-Color Shadows posts, Booksteve presented the Captain America story "Double Identity" from All Winners 1 (Aug/48—the only issue in volume 2) and noted that the Grand Comics Database attributed the art to Syd Shores, but it didn't look much like Shores' art. I was certain the Shores ID was wrong, but had no better guess to offer at the time. Now I do.

Captain America page with vignette panel, All-Winners v2 #1

Mort Leav is supposed to have done a handful of Captain America stories around 1946-48. This looks like one of them. Leav's work at Orbit (where he went in 1948) looks very much like the art on "Double Identity." This Wanted story, signed over the open "S" in the first page's blurb (click the final scan below to decipher at larger size), is "International Enemy No. 1" from #13 (May/48). The amoeba-bordered vignette panels opening both my examples, where the figures end at the edges of the neckties, present a very obvious similarity, and are a choice I don't recall Shores using.

Wanted 13 page with vignette panel
At Timely, the editors couldn't help "fixing" artwork with work by other hands. The Cap and Bucky figures on the splash page could be Shores' sole contribution to this 10-page story; see the first Captain America story in the Fifties revival (Young Men 24, Dec/53), where John Romita's splash has been famously jettisoned for Mort Lawrence's work.

splash pages--Cap in All-Winners 1; Wanted 13

So IDing this one story leaves a handful (minus one) of Mort Leav Caps to track down.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Woolfolk Records 1947/12

Two-Gun Kid 2 cover

Quality, Fawcett, Timely, and EC bought William Woolfolk's comics stories this month.

Note that the Two-Gun Kid scripts were expanded by a page apiece for publication. The four Moon Girl pages in a story published at twelve must have been Woolfolk's beginning or finishing someone else's (most likely Gardner Fox's) script.

Woolfolk recorded two Christmas bonuses this month, showing how valuable a couple of companies (not named) considered a superior freelancer.

December 1947 Comic Book Scripts by William Woolfolk

14 pg Kid EternityKeeper's evil twin brother
[untitled 3rd KE story] KE 11, Sept/48
Ibisthe forbidden pool
"The Forbidden Pool" Whiz 100, Aug/48
Captain Marvelthe volcano men
"The Volcano Men" Marvel Family 26, Aug/48
Tom Mixstagecoach ride
"Death Rides the Stagecoach" Wow 69, Aug/48
Captain Marvelthe iron horse
"The Wonderful Iron Horse" CM Advs 87, Aug/48
14 Doll Manversus Stunt Man
"Stunt Man" DM 18, Sept/48
11 Doll Manversus Gloves, hand of death
"Gloves" DM 18, Sept/48
Two-Gun Kidvanishing railroad
5 "The Train That Wasn't There" TGK 2, June/48
Two-Gun Kidoutlaw city
7 "Trapped in Outlaw City" TGK 2, June/48
Captain Marvelthe stolen city
"The Stolen City" CM Advs 87, Aug/48
11 Captain Marvel Jr.meets the outlaw
"CMJ Duels with the Outlaw" CMJ 64, Aug/48
12 Plastic ManMr. Hazard, crime gambler
"Mr. Hazard" PM 13, Sept/48
Tex Taylorgirl ranch owner
"Blazing Six-Shooters and the Thundering Herd" Wild West 2, July/48
Moon Girlmost daring man in the world
12 "The Most Daring Man in the World" MG 2, Win/47-48

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Cave Carson Writers

Brave and the Bold 31: lava monster chasing Mighty Mole, with Cave Carson, Christie, and Bulldozer aboard

Cave Carson, master spelunker, Christie Madison, geologist, and Bulldozer Smith, ex-sandhog strong man, adventured inside Earth in the Mighty Mole, an update of Abner Perry's mole machine in Edgar Rice Burroughs' Pellucidar novels. Instead of a mechanical screw, this one used an unnamed laser beam—a "thermo ray"—to cut into the rock of the crust. Their first adventure read like a novel itself when I found it as a preteen.

Upon their return in the Showcase run the team did without the Mighty Mole, and made do with mascot Lena the lemur. Bob Haney was credited in the letters page in Showcase 49: "Bob Haney now writes INSIDE EARTH." Note the "now"; he didn't write it before 1964. There was a change of editors: Jack Schiff on Cave's B&Bs, Murray Boltinoff on the Showcases. France Edward Herron is known to have worked on Cave; but a Ka-fuuush! in B&B 33 indicates Dave Wood, and In the next startling moment... and Tense hours elapse... point to Jack Miller in #41. There was only one more artist (four) than writer (three) on the five stories in B&B; Showcase stuck to the one creative team.

Cave Carson: Adventures Inside Earth
in The Brave and the Bold


A-S/60#31 The Secret beneath the Earthw: Ed Herron
   a: Bruno Premiani
O-N/    #32 The City 100 Miles Downw: Herron
   a: Bernard Baily
D-J/61#33 The Alien Robots from Inner Spacew: Dave Wood
   a: Baily
F-M/62#40 Three Caverns of Doomw: Herron
   a: Joe Kubert
A-M/    #41 The Raiders from the Secret Worldw: Jack Miller
   a: Mort Meskin
in Showcase

J-F/64#48 Killers of the Dead-End Mazew: Bob Haney
   a: Lee Elias
M-A/    #49 The Fury of the Fiery Avengerw: Haney  a: Elias
S-O/    #52 Prisoners of the Lost Worldw: Haney  a: Elias