Friday, April 29, 2016

Working Backwards from the Who's Who--Sam Citron

The Who's Who credits Sam Citron with Girls' Love Stories 1968 at DC. It gives him stories at Gold Key around the same time  in Ripley's Believe It or Not and The Twilight Zone. On the Grand Comics Database the latter stories, uncredited in the comics themselves, have been identified. But possibly the art spotters who paid attention to the weird anthologies at one company didn't cross over to the romance ones at another.

Gilrs' Love Stories 138

That art of Citron's for Girls' Love Stories is on "Don't Leave Me Again" in number 138 (Oct/68). As with the Gold Key stories, he's inking himself here; at ACG three or four years earlier, all his stories (credited in the comics, as per usual at that company), were inked by Pete Costanza or Tom Hickey. This story's splash page has been correctly noted in the GCD as a reprint of the Infantino & Giordano cover.

I spent some time looking though the Sixties DC romance books to see if Citron had any work obscured by inkers, but finally had to admit to myself that the handful I found were by perhaps Werner Roth or Tony Abruzzo. DC did try to homogenize art into a house style at times via the inking.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Carl Memling Suspense Stories

A feature of Charlton's Lawbreakers Suspense Stories and its retitling, Strange Suspense Stories, for awhile was the contest where readers provided a solution to an unfinished story; that synopsis would be scripted and illustrated in a later issue. The odd thing is that Carl Memling scripted five of the solutions but only one of the unfinished story/solution pairs.

SSS 18 Sam Dora's Box

"What Was in Sam Dora's Box?" (art by Steve Ditko) recycles a gimmick from an EC story but the pun in the character's name is what's of interest here; compare with the (better) pun for Memling's story "Appointment with Sam Mara" in Dell's Ghost Stories 4 Oct-Dec/63).

Memling's stories may start in #11, which I haven't seen.

Written by Carl Memling:
Lawbreakers Suspense Stories

May/53 12  Breakout
Murder on Rye
July/      13  Death Raps Twice
Escape from the Noose
Change in Script
Sep/      14  Man Overboard
The Last Drop
Richard Capp's Solution to "Murder on Rye"
Nov/      15  Out of the Frying Pan

Strange Suspense Stories

Mar/54 17  Beautiful Night for Murder
10¢ Worth of Doom
May/     18  What Was in Sam Dora's Box?
Caroline Denver's Solution to "Face to Face"
Dead Right
Jul/      19  All Burnt Up
Aug/     20  The Payoff
Donald Coronado's Solution to "Moment of Decision"
Sep/      21  Mary Lou Wachtel's Solution to..."Prize Package"
Nov/      22  Malcolm Hutcher's Solution to..."The Kill"