Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Mighty Samson 1970s Index

The original run of Mighty Samson, from 1964 to 1969, was written entirely by Otto Binder—both Samson and backup Tom Morrow stories. Frank Thorne drew issues 1-7's Samson stories, Jack Sparling the Samson and Tom Morrow in issues 8-20; Mike Sekowsky pencilled and Mike Peppe inked the first Tom Morrow story in 7. Mo Gollub (among others?) painted the covers of issues 1-4, and George Wilson those of 5-20.

21, 22, and 32 were reprint issues.

1970s Mighty Samson Revival Writers and Artists

Mar/74#23 In the Country of the Blindw: Gerry Boudreau
a: José Delbo
Jun/74#24 The Manchu of C'nal Streetw: Boudreau
a: Delbo & Jack Abel
Sep/74#25 The Fugitivesw: Boudreau
a: Delbo & Abel
Dec/74#26 The Pollution Peoplew: Boudreau
a: Delbo & Abel
Mar/75#27 Noah's Arkw: Allan Moniz
a: Delbo & Abel
Jun/75#28 Samson's Mastersw: Paul S. Newman
a: Abel
Sep/75#29 Journey into the Pastw: John David Warner
a: Abel
Dec/75#30 The Balloon Godsw: Arnold Drake
a: Abel
Mar/76#31 The Attack of the Lepidop-Terrorw: Drake
a: Abel
in Gold Key Champion

May/78#2 The Night Glowersw: Drake
a: Don Heck

The covers of 23, 24, and GK Champion 2 were painted by George Wilson; those of 25-31 by Luis Dominguez.

The Comic Reader 96 (Apr/73) said "...Mighty Samson is returning to the stands in a new title by Gerry Boudreau and José Delbo...", meaning 23. Issues 28-30 contain writer and artist credits. The rest of the credits here are my IDs of the respective styles.

Mighty Samson 25 page; pencils: Delbo, inks: Abel

The Grand Comics Database credits Abel with writing 23, nobody with pencilling, and Delbo with inking.  The GCD says that art experts see Delbo ghost-pencilling for Abel on 28, but 24-27 (a page from 25 is shown here) are the ones where I see Abel's inks, and they let a lot of Delbo's pencils show through. Abel's style overwhelms 28, if there's anybody but himself to overwhelm.

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