Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Unnoticed Lassie Artist

Jerry Robinson drew Gold Key's Lassie #60-62, but he did full art on the Elephant Boy backups only.

Lassie 61

Mike Sekowsky's pencils are buried at times under Robinson's inks on the Lassie stories. This page is from "The Yawning Pit." I'd say Sekowsky is most obvious in the first panel; if you judge by the middle tier as you flip through the comic, you might be hard put to attach his name to the page.

This title, by the way, is an example of why when I've mentioned the separation between Western Publishing's East and West Coast offices I've said something along the lines of "most of the time," because West Coast writer Gaylord Du Bois and East Coast artists like Sekowsky, Robinson, Bob Fujitani, and Jack Sparling share a long run on Lassie.

Sekowsky/Robinson art on Lassie

Jan/63 #60  Between Life and Death

The Milk of Human Kindness
Apr/    #61  The Yawning Pit

Spears Among the Shadows
July/    #62  Monster of the Marshes

The Raft

1 comment:

  1. My understanding when I worked for Western was that Du Bois was the only freelancer working for both the west and east coast offices routinely as if they were separate companies. When you see Dan Spiegle turn up in an east coast book, that was usually because the editors in L.A. called the editors in N.Y. and said, "We have no assignment we can give Dan right now. Do you have something to keep him busy until we have more scripts for him?" But Du Bois sold to both divisions on his own and I don't think he was based in L.A. or N.Y. for most of that time.