Monday, November 23, 2020

8 or 9 Carl Memling Stories on Cowboy Western

This was going to be merely a writer's list post, and yet what should appear but another refry--a script reused with new art. This one may hold a record--the refry appeared a mere two issues after the original, and under the same title. "Cry for Revenge" is slightly rewritten from a standalone in Charton's Cowboy Western 47 to a Golden Arrow series story in #49.

Cowboy Western 47, 49

But speaking of the writer's list, there were a few Western comics at Charlton during Carl Memling's tenure, alongside the more numerous weird and crime titles he wrote for. I was reminded of him when I flipped through Cowboy Western 48 and saw a character in the Rip Ryan story say he was "practicin' triggernometry"--a line used ten years later in the first three isssues of Dell's Idaho, one of Memling's credits in the Who's Who. Another sign in "Trigger Bait" of the writer of Idaho is calling guns "smokepoles"--a term Golden Arrow uses, too, in his "Cry for Revenge" story.

Written by Carl Memling:
Cowboy Western

Dec/53 47  Sentence of Death [RIP RYAN]
The Way of a Killer
    Trail's End
    Cry for Revenge
Spr/54  48  Trigger Bait [RIP RYAN]
    One Horsepower
May/      49  Triple-Test
    The Deadly Wolf-Pack [BLACK JACK]

Cry for Revenge [GOLDEN ARROW]

Monday, November 2, 2020

Inspiration Before the Giant Turtle Man

Startling Stories 3/40, JO 43

Mort Weisinger's reuse of cover images from the Standard pulps, where he had been an editor in the 1940s, has been pointed out often, but I don't know if this one has been. The iconic such swipe is "The Giant Turtle Man" in Jimmy Olsen 52 (June/61), from a Thrilling Wonder Stories cover. Here, from the previous year, is a JO cover (#43, March/60) not using the original pulp cover's design but borrowing a monster design from it. The artist of Startling Stories March 1940 is uncredited. Curt Swan pencilled the JO cover as well as the story, and did the follow-up cover and story in JO 47 (Sep/60) and used the monster as the centerpiece of the cover of 80 Pg. Giant 6 (1965), Superman featuring Fantastic Things and Creatures.