Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Two Who Drew Lance O'Casey and One Who Didn't

The Poisoned Sea Mystery, Whiz 128

After a 49-issue absence from Whiz Comics Lance O'Casey returns with #103 and art by Louis Cazeneuve, recognizable from his work on Boy Commandos, Seven Soldiers of Victory, and so on at DC. There's another artist, whom I can't ID, and the next along is Clem Weisbecker, whose Fawcett movie comics I listed in my previous post. The run from #132 to the end, #155, is said to include Charles Tomsey art, but I haven't got a handle on his style.
The Grand Comics Database has attributed the Lance O'Casey stories in #119, 123, 125, and 128 to Dick Dillin. I can see why a reader could be reminded of Blackhawk art, but Weisbecker's trademark long square faces do show through under different inkers on the different stories. Shown is a page from "The Poisoned Sea Mystery." Suffice it to say that the inking on the four O'Casey stories mentioned above is no more Dillin's than the pencilling is.

Issues not listed here between #103-131 do not have Lance O'Casey stories.

Lance O'Casey in WHIZ COMICS

Nov/48 #103  LOC and the Lamp of Three Wishes a: Louis Cazeneuve
Dec/     #104  The Perils of the Pearls a: Cazeneuve
Jan/49 #105  LOC Meets Longo of the Congo a: Cazeneuve
Mar/     #107  LOC and the Lady Pirate  a: Cazeneuve
Apr/     #108  The Bandit Birds a: ?
May/     #109  LOC and the Pirate's Festival a: ?
July/      #111  The Stolen Starfish a: ?
Aug/     #112  Magnet of Death a: Cazeneuve
Sep/     #113  Doomed! a: Cazeneuve
Nov/     #115  LOC and the Photo of Death a: Cazeneuve
Jan/50  #117  The Plight of Homer Whittington, Jr. p: Clem Weisbecker
Mar/     #119  The Pan American Bull Session p: Weisbecker
Apr/     #120  The Strange Fight a: Cazeneuve
May/     #121  Frame Up p: Weisbecker
July/     #123  Treachery Under Cover p: Weisbecker
Aug/     #124  The Death Warrants p: Weisbecker
Sep/     #125  Dangerous Cargo p: Weisbecker
Nov/     #127  The Reign of Terror p: Weisbecker
Dec/     #128  The Poisoned Sea Mystery p: Weisbecker
Jan/51  #129  Pirate Warfare p: Weisbecker
Mar/     #131  LOC Raids the Antarctic Hide-Out p: Weisbecker

The Grand Comics Database has credited Cazeneuve with some of the Whiz issues listed but mistakenly on Golden Arrow instead of Lance O'Casey (not that I can give a name to the GA artist at this particular point).

Golden Arrow in WHIZ COMICS

Nov/48 #103  GA and the Passenger Bandit a: NOT Cazeneuve
Dec/     #104  The Vanishing Payrolls a: NOT Cazeneuve
Jan/49 #105  GA and the Duo of Crime a: NOT Cazeneuve
Mar/     #107  GA and the Treacherous Masquerade a: NOT Cazeneuve

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Weisbecker and Riss at the Movies

The Missourians

Note the distinctive long, square faces in Fawcett's adaptation of the movie "The Missourians."

Somewhere along the line, Clem Weisbecker and Bob Butts have had some work conflated at early Fifties Fawcett, making it difficult to sort out their stories going by their credits in the Who's Who. I finally took a long look at their credited Forties stories at other companies. I believe I can follow the progression of Clem Weisbecker's style on the Black Hood and such to the Fawcett artist with those distinctive faces.

Butts is given "Copper Canyon" in the Who's Who, which is the main point of confusion here, but the actual penciller is Weisbecker. The style matches that on Jackie Robinson at Fawcett at the same time, which the WW gives to Weisbecker and not Butts.

The other problem with "Copper Canyon" is that it's also been attributed entirely to Sheldon Moldoff. I can accept that Moldoff inked it. "Pioneer Marshall" and "The Missourians" are also supposedly entirely by Moldoff, but the inking on those two doesn't overwhelm the Weisbecker pencils.

The Thundering Trail

In many cases on the Fawcett movie adaptations the inker did a lot of the heavy lifting on likenesses. Some didn't. Thus, Pete Riss's issues vary wildly as far as that "overwhelming the pencils" goes; on "Dakota Lil" you have to look twice to find Riss, but on "The Thundering Trail," as seen here, he's easier to spot (although it's been attributed to Stan Campbell).

movie one-shots at Fawcett

1949 nn  Dakota Lil w: Joe Millard p: Pete Riss
1950 nn  Copper Canyon w: Millard  p: Clem Weisbecker
 i: Sheldon Moldoff
1950 nn  Pioneer Marshall w: Millard  p: Weisbecker
 i: Moldoff?
1950 nn  Powder River Rustlers w: Millard  p: Riss

Fawcett Movie Comic

Apr/51 #10  The Missourians w: Leo Dorfman  p: Weisbecker
 i: Moldoff?
May/     #11  The Thundering Trail w: Dorfman  p: Riss

Motion Picture Comics

Nov/51 #107  Frisco Tornado w: Dorfman  p: Riss

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Almost Comics--But Not Quite

A Golden All-Star Book from Western (as a Golden Press imprint) is a storybook--prose and illustrations. Online sellers have mistaken it for a comic book--not only is it comic book size in dimensions and number of pages (36 including covers), most of the writers and artists were working at Western's Gold Key comics at the time. The exceptions as far as known credits go: Mary A. Mintz, whose only comic book credit is a story in Spidey Super Stories at Marvel, and Bill Ochs, credited on no comic books. (The Greatest here, by the way, is a novelization of the Muhammad Ali movie.)

Isis, Amazing Spider-Man

These two covers are the only paintings among almost all photo ones (Fat Albert is line art). I couldn't say who the painters are.

A Golden All-Star Book — 1977 — 59¢

   w: Arnold Drake  a: Mel Crawford
Kotter for Sale
Wake Me to Say Goodbye
Down on the Farm
   w: George Kashdan  a: Jack Sparling
Brother Avenger
No Time for Crime
A Mixed-Up Murder
   w: Wallace I. Green  a: José Delbo
If This Is Tuesday...
Some Vacation!
6416 ISIS
   w: Steve Skeates  a: Sparling
The Discovery
The Bermuda Triangle
Hard Lesson
   w: Mary A. Mintzer  a: Alden McWilliams
The Captive Crowd
Aunt May's Crusade
The Taking of Manhattan Isle!
   w: Drake  a: Crawford
The Unteachables
Barbarino's in Love!
Kotter King of Krime
   w: Drake  a: Sparling
Julie vs. the Gerbils
"Kotter's Pet"
Dreamboat Woodman
   w: Kashdan  a: Sparling
   w: Bill Ochs  a: John Celardo
The Greatest
6422 SPACE: 1999
   w: Mintzer  a: Frank Bolle
The Return of the Metamorph
Queen Brain
   w: Kashdan  a: Crawford
   w: Gary Poole  a: Delbo
"Someone's Following Us!"
Pranks Aplenty!
Lost and Found
   w: Drake  cover & a: Winslow Mortimer
The Night We Spent in Spooky House
Save Our Clubhouse
Happy Anniversary

1978 — 69¢

   w: Mintzer  a: Mortimer
Wonderbug in Honk Meets a Quack
Kaptain Kool and the Kongs [1-pager]
Bigfoot and Wildboy in The Abominable Snowman
Kaptain Kool and the Kongs [1-pager]
Magic Mongo in The Three Wishes

Friday, February 26, 2021

Molno's Other Dell Heroes--and This Time a Writer

Hogan's Heroes 7 'Klink Klank Klunk'
Continuing on from my ID a few posts ago of Bill Molno as one of Sal Trapani's ghost pencillers on Dell's Super Heroes, here he is on two issues of Hogan's Heroes. This time I have a writer, too--Alan Riefe, who took over after Paul S. Newman wrote #1.

The thing that set me on to Alan Riefe at Dell earlier (on <i>Get Smart</i>)--he wasn't previously known to have been there--was Kerblam, Kerblamo, and Kerbammo on a number of stories, which I recalled from the final run of Jerry Lewis at DC a little later. When I compared I found more matches like "Heyyyy" and "Halllp" and so on.

Speaking of Super Heroes, Riefe is yet another writer at late-'60s Dell who I'm pretty sure has nothing to do with that feature.

Hogan's Heroes

Sep/66 Operation Double Klink w: Alan Riefe
Dec/     Operation Goat w: Riefe
Mar/67 Operation Flick Flack w: Riefe
Apr/     Fly Now...Crash Later w: Riefe
  Cheese It w: Riefe
May/     Klink Must Go w: Riefe  p: Bill Molno
  Driving Klink Koo Koo w: Riefe  p: Molno
  Secret Weapon w: Riefe  p: Molno
July/     Klink, Klank, Klunk w: Riefe  p: Molno
  General Nuisance w: Riefe  p: Molno
  Klink's Office Party w: Riefe  p: Molno
Sep/     The Great Stone Klink w: Riefe
  Klink's Housewarming w: Riefe
  General Klink w: Riefe

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

The Man of Brandon

Rex Brandon books
These pulp/paperback hero swipes are not trying to hide; I'd call them out-and-out homages. The New Ebook Library didn't last more than a few months in 2019; it folded due to lack of sales. The Rex Brandon books reprinted a series from Curtis Warren, a pulpish British paperback house of the 1950s. 

From the memory of a look online in 2019, I'm pretty sure the artist on these is Tony Masero, who painted British paperback covers in the 60s and is today doing ebook covers for Piccadilly Publishing, the parent of New Ebook Library. He's also a Western novel writer, a reminder of comic book artist Lou Cameron's later prose output.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Beck & Costanza Bring Mickey Marks to Canada

Robin Hood & Co. 33 In the Groove text

In the inventory of comic book writer Mickey Klar Marks' papers at the University of Southern Mississippi there are stories noted as sold to "Bech and Cortaza" and "Bill and Cortazar" (with the collection's transcriber putting a "(?)" after those names). To comics fans, as SangorShop has pointed out, this is obviously "Beck and Costanza" written in the records themselves.

The C.C. Beck-Pete Costanza Studio supplied scripts to Canadian publisher Anglo-American in the mid-40s (importing American artwork wasn't allowed). Otto Binder's scripts for AA may or may not have gone through the studio. But per her records, Mickey Marks' text pieces certainly did. They were published anonymously. Three formed a series about private detective Britt Nielson.

There's a text piece called "The Gold Seal" sold to Beck & Costanza in 1946 that I can't track down. Marks also sold two untitled comics stories to them in 1945 for a series called Dink, but if these ever came out (under a different series title, perhaps?), who can tell? Just to confuse things, there was a Dink series by Milt Hammer at the U.S. publisher Novelty, cheek by jowl at times with Marks' credited text pieces there.

Britt Nielson text pieces by Mickey Klar Marks
published at Anglo-American
(all anonymously)

THREE ACES Feb/46  51  Hear No Evil
THREE ACES Sep-Oct/46  54  The Plastic Madonna
ROBIN HOOD AND CO. Oct-Nov/46  33  In the Groove

Miscellaneous text pieces 

FREELANCE Apr/46  31  Vermont Comes to Texas
ROBIN HOOD AND CO. Jun-Jul/46  31  The Wrong Signal
GRAND SLAM Aug-Sep/46  54  "Daisy" Rafferty

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Molno on Dell's Superheroes

Superheroes 3

I'd IDed Bill Ely ghosting pencils for Sal Trapani on Dell's Superheroes #1-2, and my best guess at the time at #3-4 was Bill Fraccio.  In his blog, though, Lee Hartsfeld was tracking down Bill Molno ghosting Trapani, and suggested him as the penciller for Superheroes #3. Lee didn't get to pursue that on his blog before he discontinued it, so I'll back him up with this post and say that Molno ghosted #4 too.

I've repeated my IDs of Ely so these lists cover all the data not on the Grand Comics Database. #3's cover is the only one I 'd commit to Molno on, but I wouldn't be surprised if he and Ely pencilled their respective covers on 1, 2, and 4 too.

The writer looks the same for all four issues. But is it someone whose sole credit is this series or is it one of the usual suspects going for a more "with-it," caption-heavy style (and more in the manner of Bob Haney than Stan Lee)?


Jan/67 The Origin of the Fab Four (3 pts) p: Bill Ely
Apr/     The Clowns p: Ely

  Nutt's Revenge p: Ely
Enslaved p: Ely
May/   (cover)
p: Bill Molno
     Meet Coalman p: Molno
     The Mad Magician p: Molno
  Nepto of the Reef p: Molno
June/   The Hypno-Trap p: Molno
     Metamorphosis p: Molno
  Meet Mr. Mod p: Molno
  Endsville p: Molno