Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Mort Meskin at Dell/Western

Mort Meskin and Jerry Robinson collaborated on signed stories elsewhere, like The Black Terror at Standard, so Meskin's helping out Robinson at Western/Dell is not coming out of left field. This one issue is the only instance of Meskin's work there that I've seen so far.

This would be the "other hands" on Silvertip that I mentioned in my post about Kubert and Kinstler at Western/Dell.

Silvertip in Four Color
Pencils by Mort Meskin
Inks by Jerry Robinson

Sept/57 835  The False Rider ifc intro
The False Rider


  1. That's a surprise! Some panels it even seems Robinson is back to his old Meskin/Robinson inking style!

  2. Yes, Robinson doesn't seem to be trying to hide the penciller here as much as he does on ghosts like Sekowsky.

  3. Some discussion has evolved in the Mort Meskin Appreciation Facebook group about this attribution. Many of the Meskin experts (like Steve Brower and Harry Mendrick) do not see Meskin's hand in there. I would love to see an explenation of your thinking in coming to this conclusion and maybe even pointing out particular panels or details.

  4. On this page the first panel, and the woman's face in the second, might as well be Meskin solo--I hardly even see Robinson's work there, let alone some different ghost penciller's. Panel three, as a long shot, doesn't let the inking distract from Meskin's layout, whereas on the closeups on men's faces in other panels, admittedly it does.

    To rule out the bare possibility that this is Robinson penciling like Meskin, I just rechecked a story signed by Robinson alone--"Danger in the City" in Atlas's AMAZING DETECTIVE CASES 6 (May/51) and see nothing Meskin-like there at all. Robinson's two BORIS KARLOFF in the early 60s likewise show no Meskin influence.

  5. Whoa! After a couple of hours the coin dropped. This isn't Jerry Robinson to begin with! It's Edward Everett Kinstler, the artist on all the other issues of Silvertip. But the pencils by Meskin look so unlike those by Joe Kubert, who ghosted those others, that everyone (myself included) was led astray. I'm going to do a follow-up post to put this before fandom.