Thursday, February 6, 2014

Robin Hood Tales

Quality's companion title to Exploits of Daniel Boone was Robin Hood Tales—they were not only the company's last major titles at around a year's duration apiece, but each accompanied a number of other companies' late-50s versions of the public-domain heroes on the stands. The two titles shared the writers Joe Millard and Robert Bernstein, as far as I've seen the only two working for Quality by then.

Ogden Whitney not only drew #1's interior Robin Hood stories, he did the cover, a move uncharacteristic for Quality; the other covers are by the expected team of Dick Dillin and Chuck Cuidera. Whitney was about the only artist who got to sign his work at the company at this point, although over in the romance titles, not here. The artist of #2-6 is the main artist on Daniel Boone: Sam Citron. (Note his typical speed lines as Maid Marian turns her head.) For all the decades in which fandom attributed to Citron much of Pete Riss's work earlier at Quality (he's still given the credit for many of Riss's Superman stories), some of the work he actually did has gone unidentified.

I believe the artist on #2-6's back-up stories is Harry Anderson (as seen in the second tier here, from #2). I'd now ID him on the back-up frontier story in Exploits of Daniel Boone 6 (Sep/56), "War to the Finish."

Robin Hood Tales 2--'Rescue of Maid Marian' art by Sam Citron, 'Saracen Ambus'h art bu Harry Anderson

Robin Hood Tales
#1 a: Ogden Whitney; #2-6 a: Sam Citron

Feb/56 The Trapping of Robin Hood w: Joe Millard
The Wrath of Robin Hood w: Millard
The Black Knight of Castle Fury w: Millard
 Apr/   Rescue of Maid Marian w: Millard
The Scourge of the Bailiff w: Robert Bernstein
The Golden Rain w: Millard
 Jun/    The Scroll of Doom w: Millard 
The Miserly Miller of Mimms w: Millard
The Knight in Red Armor w: Bernstein
 Aug/    Ambush of the Merry Men w: Bernstein
Little John's Peril w: Bernstein
An Arsenal of Hate w: Bernstein
 Oct/    Menace of the Royal Assassins w: Bernstein
The Baron's Tyranny w: Bernstein
The Capture of Robin Hood w: Bernstein
 Dec/    The Plot to Destroy Robin Hood w: Bernstein
The Ransom of Maid Marian w: Bernstein
The Knight Who Hated Chivalry w: Bernstein

Miscellaneous Medieval Stories in
Robin Hood Tales

#1 a: Citron; #2-6 a: Harry Anderson

Feb/56 Engines of War w: ?
 Apr/     Saracen Ambush w: ?
 Jun/    The Recue of King John w: Millard
 Aug/    Sir Guy's Worst Fate w: ?
 Oct/    The Miser's Secret w: Bernstein
 Dec/    Sir Darton's Deal with Doom w: Bernstein

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