Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Joe Gill--After the Human Torch, What?

This is one of the features Joe Gill wrote at Timely/Atlas after the Human Torch revival. The only story in Spy Thillers that I can't make out as his is the backup in #4, which is actually a war story--it may have been brought over from one of the battle mags.

'This is' in Spy Thillers 1, 3 captions
"This is" in captions is one of  the clues to Joe Gill--here you see it in "The Double Identities" and "Oil!" In the same tier in the latter you see it in the past tense too, as you're more likely to see it in Gill's Charlton scripts.

Rick Davis in Spy Thrillers—Written by Joe Gill

Nov/54 #1  The Double Identities
The Purple Pyramid
The Eyes of Death [MISC SPY]
The Ticking Death
Jan/55 #2  The Whirl of Death
The Unseen Killers
Incident [MISC SPY]
The Telltale Machines
Mar/     #3  Safari of Death
The Moon Rocket
The Hatchet Man
May/     #4  The China Doll
The Tiger's Claws
The Deadly Dutch Plates

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

A One-Shot Wonder at Dell Penciling The Music Man

This penciler did only one comic for Dell: the Movie Classic The Music Man (January 1963). His style is rather overwhelmed under the inking, so IDing him calls for the thought experiment of unseeing the inks. It might be easier to imagine someone else's inks here. Try John Forte's; he inked Curt Swan to good effect on a number of Superman family stories at DC.

And, yes, on pretty much every other John Forte penciling job that I can think of he inked himself. But here we are. I don't know if this is a tag team of a couple of inkers or just one getting more rushed as the pages pile up, but by the later pages the inking doesn't look much like it does on these two. Those later pages in particular make me think of Frank McLaughlin as a possible suspect.
And the writer is unknown. It may just be because I'm so familiar with the movie of The Music Man, but this strikes me as the one Movie Classic that uses just as much as possible from the movie script verbatim (apart from necessarily condensing and bridging). The other Dell movie adaptations of the period, by Ken Fitch, Don Segall, and yet more unknowns, take a freer hand with the source material.