Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Pete Riss Superman Stories

I posted the text earlier about Pete Riss actually drawing the Superman stories that have been attributed to Sam Citron for so long—here are the lists of his work on the character.

I see that in Citron's art for Warren, Gold Key, and DC in the Sixties, he has some poses reminiscent of Wayne Boring's as far as the tilt of a head here and there; I wonder if his Superman work was all with Boring and the Shuster studio, and thus particularly hard to pick out? Pete Riss is not at all hard to pick out when you compare these stories with his credited work at Timely.
World's Finest 17 The Great Godini--'Killer Riss' poster
On that earlier post I misremembered the "Killer Riss" sneak as from "The Quicksilver Kid," but it was from "The Great Godini."

Pete Riss art on Superman

Jan-Feb/44 26  The Quicksilver Kid
May-June/     28  The Golden Galleons
Nov-Dec/     31  Tune Up Time for Crime

A Dog's Tale

The Treasure House of History
May-June/45 34  The United States Navy

The Canyon That Went Berserk

When the World Got Tired
Jan-Feb/46 38  The Battle of the Atoms

The Bad Old Knights

The Man of Stone
July-Aug/     41  Too Many Pranksters

Clark Kent's Bodyguard

A Modern Alice in Wonderland

on Superman in Action Comics

Dec/43 67  Make Way for Fate
Mar/44 70  Superman Takes a Holiday
June/     73  The Hobby Robbers
May/46 96  Haircut--and a Close Shave

on Superman in World's Finest Comics

Spring/45 17  The Great Godini

on Lois Lane in Superman
(untitled stories)

May-June/45 34  [Dirty Dealings with a Dictaphone]
Sep-Oct/     36  [Burying Treasure]
Nov-Dec/     37  [A Blowtorch for Big Larkin]
Jan-Feb/46 38  [The Brazil Nut]
Mar-Apr/    39  [The Twice-Stolen Pendant]
May-June/     40  [Go Fly a Kite]
Sep-Oct/     42  [The Bowling Brawl]

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Four More Cap Stories by Mort Leav

Mort Leav's final Captain America story (found so far), "Double Identity" in All Winners 1 Volume 2 (Aug/48), is very obviously not by one of the usual artists. That's the one where he's most likely inking his own pencils. Out of eight post-war Cap stories (the number he recalled doing), I've come up with four more, some probably inked by other hands, one certainly so. This page from "The Last Case of Inspector Leeds" uses one of his floating-head-and-squiggly-border shots, and the woman (especially in the third panel) could have come from one of his stories for Orbit in Love Diary or Wanted. This story's art does strike me as not only his pencils but his inks.
Cap 60 'Inspector Leeds'
Syd Shores inked "Pennies from Heaven." What makes it even easier to mistake the story for his is that, as far as I can tell, he did pencil the splash page as well. I'd say Otto Binder wrote "Pennies"; "Inspector Leeds" is noted in William Woolfolk's records.

Orbit, by chance, used a number of Cap artists, past or future: Leav, Shores, Vince Alascia, Maurice Del Bourgo, Mort Lawrence, John Buscema, and Gene Colan.

This leaves three more Cap stories by Mort Leav to look for.

Mort Leav art in Captain America

Nov/46 59  Pennies from Heaven (inks and pg 1 pencils: Syd Shores)
Jan/47 60  The Last Case of Inspector Leeds

The Big Fight
Mar/     61  The Bullfrog Terror

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Thank You, Thing: More Memling

The Thing is Charlton's first horror book. They shortly pick up This Magazine Is Haunted from Fawcett, but after that their weird-story titles fall under the Comics Code and can't be called horror.

The Thing 17 'Bad Blood'--signed Dick Ayers

The Thing starts as a showcase for artists Bob Forgione, John Belfi, and the like, but about two-thirds along in its run becomes more the Charlton we recognize with the coming of Dick Ayers, Bill Molno, and most importantly Steve Ditko. Carl Memling starts writing before the change in the artists' lineup, and from then on has at least one story in every issue through the final one. He may have written more stories than those here, but these are the ones of which I can be positive. There are two Memling tells in the final balloon above.

The Thing
Written by Carl Memling

May/53 A Grave Situation

Death Has Deep Roots
Jul/      Mardu's Masterpiece
The Road to Madness

Operation Massacre
The Dead Man's Hand
Sep/     10  Flower of Evil

Into the Fire

Death Has Three Fingers
N-D/     11  Hansel and Gretel
The Glitter of Evil

Deep Freeze

Blind Vengeance
Feb/54 12  Melvin Comes Home
Apr/     13  Poor Fish
June/     14  The Evil Eye

Doom in the Air

Blind Vengeance
J-A/     15  Day of Reckoning
Sep/     16  Death of a Gambler

Picture of the Future

Mental Wizard
     The Crusher
Nov/     17  Bad Blood

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Don Segall and Two Colonels

Now that I've gotten the miscredits to Don Segall straightened out, here are some Dell comedy TV tie-ins and one movie adaptation definitely written by him. As acknowledged in the indicia, even the ones published prior to Western Publishing's splitting off to form Gold Key in late 1962 were produced in-house at Dell rather than supplied by Western.

McKeever and the Colonel 1--'O-oo'; It seems that he has misplaced his jeep...

Here are tiers from the first issue of the military-school sitcom McKeever and the Colonel—one I somehow never encountered, as much TV as I watched in the Sixties. The obvious signals for a Segall script are "O-oo" or "O-ooo" and captions along the lines of: It seems he's done this... From a quick look again just now, I don't think those happen to appear in either of his credited dialogue jobs at DC; I had to pick them up once I worked backward to Dell from those Creeper and Inferior Five stories.

Where I show only one issue out of a run, others have written the other Issues. Andy Griffith 1 and 2 are Four-Color 1252 and 1341. Tony Tallarico lettered the stories he inked here.


Andy Griffith

Jan-Mar/62 #1  Opie's Secret a: Henry Scarpelli
Apr-June/     #2  Undercover Man a: Scarpelli

Beany and Cecil

Feb-Apr/62 #1  Old Paint a: ?—same throughout #1
     Table Manners a: ?
    Security Leak a: ?
     Beany Uses His Head... a: ?
    The Mess Maker a: ?

Calvin and the Colonel

Apr-June/62 #1  The Dream House a: ?—same as #2
July-Sep/     #2  Money Is Everything a: ?

Car 54, Where Are You?

Sep-Nov/63 #7  Memories p: Bill Fraccio  i: Tony Tallarico

Car 54, Where Are You? backup: Tommy Trouble

Sep-Nov/63 #7  The Delivery p: Fraccio  i: Tallarico


July-Sep/62 #2  Opening Night a: Scarpelli

McHale's Navy

Aug-Oct/63 #2  Sea-ing Things a: Scarpelli

McKeeever and the Colonel

Feb-Apr/63 #1  Split Personality p: Fraccio  i: Tallarico
May-July/     #2  Cleaning Up p: Fraccio  i: Tallarico
Aug-Oct/     #3  The Rugged Life p: Fraccio  i: Tallarico

Movie Classic

Oct-Dec/63 The Mouse on the Moon p: Fraccio  i: Tallarico

Segall very likely wrote all the inside-cover one-pagers for the issues here. The ones I can be certain of (It seems that Calvin has a problem...) are "Duty Calls" and "Going Down" on the inside front covers of Calvin and the Colonel 1 and 2, and Margie 2's "Finger Painting."