Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sierra Smith Writer: Joe Millard

Joe Millard was credited with the first Sierra Smith story's script in the reprint in Detective 418 (Dec/71). The style matches up with stories at Fawcett and Quality, most notably the latter company's detective strips like Ken Shannon and T-Man. Pictured are the use of "Ooooo" in both Sierra Smith in Dale Evans 3 and Ken Shannon in Police 104 (Feb/51), and "gumfoot" (for gumshoe) in Sierra in Dale 5 and T-Man in Police 104. Other Millard quirks in the series are "Ulp" in almost every story, "Eeeahh," and "Owoooff."

Sierra Smith and Ken Shannon panels: 'Ooooo, my head' and 'Ooooo, I give up'

Coincidentally or not, Alex Toth left Sierra Smith at the same time as Millard; the strip continued (under others including artist Al Ulmer) for the run of the comic, missing #20 and the final issue, #24, as the page count dropped. The Detective reprint credits Frank Giacoia as inker on the first Sierra; some more Sierra stories signed solely by Toth may be inked by others as well.

Sierra Smith and T-Man panels: 'gum-foot'and 'gumfoot'

Although this list merely confirms guesses at the authorship of the Sierra Smith series beyond the first story, it leads into my next post on another Joe Millard series.

Sierra Smith, Western Detective in Dale Evans Comics
written by Joe Millard, pencilled by Alex Toth

S-O/48#1 The Case of the Terrified Tenderfoot
N-D/    #2 The Case of the Battered Balloonist
J-F/49#3 The Case of the Perfumed Plunder
M-A/    #4 The Case of the Outlawed Outlaw
M-J/    #5 The Case of the Forgotten Stagecoach
J-A/    #6 Case of the Colossal Fossil
S-O/    #7 Case of the Teetering Tower
N-D/    #8 The Case of the Five-Cent Fortune
J-F/50#9 The Case of the Haunted Horse
M-A/    #10 The Case of the Oily Worm
M-J/    #11 The Case of the Furious Fiddler

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