Wednesday, December 14, 2022

CDNP: More Bernstein, a Little More Wessler

As of 1950 Carl Wessler's personal records are complete enough to name most of his scripts for Crime Does Not Pay at Lev Gleason, so stories are noted as his on the Grand Comics Database. The source is Robin Snyder's Wessler bibilography in The Comics, compiled from those records. Here I have another couple of his where the records didn't give the titles. "The Last Mile for Tony" contains both an "Ohoo" and an "Owooo" to show Wessler wrote it. I haven't found any Wessler stories on CDNP after mid-'51 that he didn't fully record.

The GCD wonders if "The Rabbit-Punch Murder Case" could be the 9-page 1951 script for Chip Gardner that Wessler records without a title. Here is an example of why I attribute it to Robert Bernstein: "Ieee!"

CDNP 103 Rabbit-Punch Murder 'Ieee'

Crime Does Not Pay Anthology Stories
Written by Robert Bernstein

Feb/51 95  Having a Wonderful Crime
May/     98  Shock Treatment
July/     100  The Smell of Death
    Mission: Murder
Aug/     101  Cain versus Abel
    The Case of the Crooked Politician [CHIP GARDNER]
Oct/     103  The Rabbit-Punch Murder Case [CHIP GARDNER]
The Fruits of Crime
Dec/     105  The Big Cut
Feb/52 107  You Can't Beat the Rackets!
    The State versus "Rock" Madden
Mar/     108  Jim Franton, Bootlegger, versus Bud Rollins, Con-Man
Apr/      109  The Vicious Vendetta Massacre
May/     110  Journey into Horror
    Bootleg "Gold"
July/      112  The Tragic Tale of "Sap" Doretti  (art: Sid Greene)
Oct/      115  Trapped by the Dead
Dec/     117  The End of the Underworld

Written by Carl Wessler

Apr/51 97  The Last Mile for Tony
June/     99  Reprieve Granted--Prisoner Is Dead

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Andru & Esposito? (I've Burned Myself on IDing Them Earlier)

I let myself see Ross Andru and Mike Esposito on Dell's Monkees #1 but at least after "Lee" and Mark Evanier correctly suggested Mo Marcus, that led me to more Marcus IDs elsewhere. If anyone has a better idea on this funny animal art than Andru and Esposito, I'd be gratified to hear it.

"Outboxed the Boxer," the first story in Tom Cat #4, April/56--the first issue; yes, Charlton, why do you ask?--is drawn in a style not used in the other stories in that issue or the rest of the 5-issue run. The later issues are by Al Fago, who signs a cover and a story, and perhaps other artists in his style.

With the wildly different, comparatively "realistic" style of this first story, I'd think that it was another one of those examples of Charlton's buying up the inventory of a defunct company, but the writer, whoever it may be--"Ngaaa!" and Kurrash--continues on the feature throughout the run.

I'm guessing Andru and Esposito more by the inks than the pencils. Although this is a comical comic book, the figures aren't in the industry-wide "make it look like Mad but not anything actually like the Mad artists" style that Andru used on Get Lost.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Robert Bernstein Continues on Crime Does Not Pay

Here's Robert Bernstein's next couple of years writing for Crime Does Not Pay for Lev Gleason. I hadn't convinced myself of his writing the Who Dunnit? story in #70 when I did the first list.

CDNP closes out 1950 with #94, but I don't see Bernstein work in those last issues of the year.

As I was looking for Bernstein stories I found a couple by Carl Wessler that didn't get to the CGD from his records. In this tier from "Jack Rosca," note the exclamation that I haven't seen Robert Bernstein ever use.


Crime Does Not Pay Anthology Stories
Written by Robert Bernstein

Dec/48 70  Who Dunnit?
Jan/49 71  Hank Charters
Feb/     72  Craig Denby, the Movie-Struck Egomaniac
    Andy Yole
Mar/     73  Dennis Mayhew and Everett Johns
May/     75  Who Dunnit?
June/     76  Clarence Reese, the Hero-Worshipper
Who Dunnit?
July/     77  Sheriff Ted Benton
Aug/     78  Who Dunnit?
Sep/     79  Spike Spitz
    Who Dunnit?
    Frankie Darrell vs. Lieutenant Jim Scott
Oct/      80  Vince Grey

  The Black Panther Murder Case [WHO DUNNIT?]
Dec/      82  Death in the Hobo Jungle
    Who Dunnit?
Jan/50  83  The Long Manhunt for Les Voyles
Feb/      84  Who Dunnit?
Mar/      85  Police Teamwork and 3 Blind Rats
    Confessions of a Racketeer's Widow
Aug/     90  Over My Dead Body!
    Unexpected Guest
Sep/     91  Murder Plays Hide-and-Seek

Written by Carl Wessler

Sep/49 79  Jack Roscar
Feb/50 84  Death House Blues

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Ken Fitch Writes Tony Gay

The early 50s company Star is best known for its covers by co-owner L. B. Cole. On the insides it made do with a lot of reprint material from various publishers, most notably Novelty, from whom it continued some titles and characters. Teen-age model Toni Gay, for instance, is a continuation of Novelty's Toni Gayle girl detective strip.

Star's romance and teen-age books did contain some original material, and every so often in the romance titles Ken Fitch got a scripting credit. So I knew to look for him at Star, and I found him on at least the first two Toni Gay stories. This tier from "The Hoaxed Hoax" shows not only his typical "Aiy-y-y-y-y-y" but the "Eeeeeee" found in some of his romance stories. The artist is Norman Nodel.

Toni Gay 'Aiy-y-y-y-y-y' 'EeeeEEE'

On many of the stories in the other strips in School-Day Romances/Popular Teen-Agers--Ginger Snapp/Ginger Bunn/Honey Bunn, Midge Martin, and Eve Adams--I find one writer whom I can't identify who uses the expression "Sufferin' Susie" often.

Ken Fitch Scripts on Toni Gay
in School-Day Romances

Nov-Dec/49 The Hoaxed Hoax
Jan-Feb/50 Mixed Pix

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Sal Trapani Credit Where Due: Nature Boy

Nature Boy 5 Desert Intrigue 'Aiyyy'

After all the times that Sal Trapani was given the attribution for his ghosts' pencils, it's only fair to give him credit for some stories he did ink without being recognized. I'm not sure who did the pencils on "Starvation Valley" in Nature Boy #4. Could Bill Fraccio have done any?

Jerry Siegel has been correctly credited with the John Buscema drawn stories in #3 (the first issue) and #5. The guess at Joe Gill for #4 and one story in #5 happens to have hit the mark, but another writer known to have been at Charlton in the 1950s wasn't considered. That's Ken Fitch, whose "Aiyyy" is seen in his later Dell work such as Space Man.

Nature Boy

Aug/56 A World Gone Mad i: Sal Trapani

  Starvation Valley p: Molno?  i: Rocke Mastroserio?

  Nature Boy's Private War i: Trapani
  Peaceful Island i: Trapani
Feb/57 Desert Intrigue w: Ken Fitch   i: Trapani
    Menace from the Hills w: Fitch  i: Trapani
    Bringing Up Junior i: Trapani

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Robert Bernstein Starts Out on Crime Does Not Pay

'Eeeiii' Bonnie Parker CDNP 57

Flipping through Crime Does Not Pay, I'll stop to recheck a story for more Robert Bernstein clues once my eye has been caught by his typical exclamations like "Eeeiii" and "Iiiieee." This tier is from "Bonnie Parker" in #57.

"Ghouls' Gold," possibly Bernstein's first published comic book story, is given a rare credit line. He wrote for CDNP and other titles for the publisher, Lev Gleason, from 1943 to 1955; here's the first part of a listing.

I haven't seen CDNP 46 and 54.

Crime Does Not Pay Anthology Stories
Written by Robert Bernstein

Jan/46 43  Ghouls' Gold
Mar/     44  Mrs. Bluebeard
Sep/     47  A Weird Weekend (WHO DUNNIT?)
Nov/     48  The Greedy Gunman
    Mutiny on the Rock
Jan/47  49  Devil's Diary
    Mother of Murderers
    Brother Rats
Mar/     50  The Kill-Crazy Fleagle Brothers
    Danny Iamascia, Dutch Shultz's Triggerman
    The Invisible Killer (WHO DUNNIT?)
May/     51  The Hoover Brothers
    Pretty Boy Floyd, the Two-Faced Terrorr
    Washed in Blood
    Who Dunnit?
July/     53  Carlo Barone, the Murderous Bully
    Dr. Holmes, the Master of Murder Castle
    Death Stalks the Diamond (WHO DUNNIT?)
Sep/     55  Louis Lepke Buchalter
    "Shoe-Box" Annie
Oct/     56  The True Story of Big Mouth Nick Luciano
Nov/     57  Bonnie Parker
    The Wild Spree of the Laughing Sadist--Herman Duker
    Case of the Murdered Bathing Beauty (WHO DUNNIT?)
Dec/     58  Thomas Dun, Single-Handed Killer of Thousands
Jan/48 59  Vic Everhart, the Kill-Crazy Scoundrel
    Alvin Karpis
    Cut Rate Murder
    Financier of Death
Feb/     60  Verne Miller
    Who Dunnit?
    Was She a Monster?
Mar/     61  Clay Fogelman, Meanest Man of Crime
    Who Dunnit?
Apr/     62  William Nevinson, the Terror of the Roads
    William Bonney, Alias Billy the Kid
June/     64  Walter Legenza the Gangster
    Robert James
Aug/     66  The Savage Genna Brothers--Bootleggers
    Dick Richards
    Who Dunnit?
Sep/     67  Once There Were Three Killers from Brooklyn...
    The End of the Deadly O'Malley Gang
Oct/     68  Little Hymie Nabosco
    Belle Shirley, the Angel-Faced She-Devil
Nov/     69  The Gruesome Foursome--Including Emil, the Half-Wit

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

When Is a Self-Swipe Not a Swipe?

Cover painter Allen Anderson's comic book work was mostly for Ziff-Davis's comics, but even though Fiction House didn't use paintings for their comics covers, they of course used them on their pulps.

With comic books pencilers the first think you'd think at seeing these similar images is that the artist is swiping from an earlier work, even if his own, but in these cases Anderson might not have even looked at the earlier paintings if he was just reusing particular photos from modeling sessions.

Action, Planet, Lariat

Planet, Action, Planet

These are Action Stories Spring/47, Planet Stories January/51, and Lariat Story March/53; and Planet Stories Winter/47, Action Stories Winter/48, and Planet Stories January/52.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Dell Tie-ins by "The Mystic of the Lower East Side"

Wikipedia, may wonders never cease, has it almost right on Lionel Ziprin: "Ziprin wrote comic book scripts for Dell Comics in the mid-1960s, including Kona Monarch of Monster Island and several stories depicting combat during World War II." It was more accurately the early 1960s (and the "several stories" were the first 10 or 11 issues of Combat).

I mention the up-to-date Wikipedia entry because the original sources of info on Ziprin still floating around on the Internet, derived from his 2009 obit, sent historians way off in the wrong direction by saying he wrote for Dell "in the late forties and into the fifties." (In 2009 Mark Evanier, bringing the news of Ziprin to fandom's attention, soon concluded that "the bio of [Ziprin] had events somewhat out of sequence.") See the 2020 Allen Ginsberg Project post, which quotes that time frame but goes on to mention Ziprin's doing the first 10 issues of Kona without realizing that the 12-cent comic they show couldn't have come from that earlier era.

Part of the quote from Ziprin himself (in it he never says nineteen forties or fifties) mentions his doing movie adaptations too. So far I've found one movie adaptation by him and three original-story TV tie-ins. The Aladdin plot he was stuck with (although it would have aligned with his interests in mysticism) but the three TV ones are, like Kona, worthy of the description "hallucinogenic."

The Grand Comics Database doesn't even include Lionel Ziprin yet; it still attributes the early issues of Kona to Don Segall (derived from, I think--mea culpa--a long-ago misatttribution by me).

Wonders of Aladdin

Ziprin was writing directly for Dell. In 1961-62 the split into Dell and Gold Key was looming, as according to the indicias these issues were among those "Designed and Produced by Dell Publishing" whereas most in this portion of the Four Color run were still "Designed and Produced by Western Printing and Lithographing" although all were printed and published by Dell. Perhaps that explains Paul S. Newman's records showing "Aladdin"; maybe Western bought a script from him before they found they'd lost some individual properties to their own printers. Newman's writing is, in a word, straightforward, whereas the page here is typical of Ziprin's more flamboyant style as seen in his Kona.

All the one-page inside-cover/back cover fillers in these were very likely written by Ziprin too. It seems to me, by the way, that some other writer did issue #2 of 87th Precinct.

Some Lionel Ziprin scripts in FOUR COLOR

1961 1255  The Wonders of Aladdin
Feb-Apr/62 1301  Adventures in Paradise: Circle of Fire
Mar-May/     1308  Tales of the Wizard of Oz
Apr-Jun/     1309  87th Precinct: Blind Man's Bluff...

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Obscure Shuster: Ace

Just before Joe Shuster did a love story and a filler in the same issue for Standard in 1950 he did a love story for Ace: "Romance on the Range" in Western Love Trails 7, November 1949. The title lasted only from #7 to #9. I'm only just getting into Ace's comics, with the romance titles on the back burner, so I don't know if he did any more for them. The inks are different from the Standard story and filler's, but one way or the other this story's inks don't look at all to me like early Superman work, i.e. Shuster himself.

Monday, June 6, 2022

The Fawcett Movie Adaptation Writers

Otto Binder wrote three of Fawcett's 35 movie comics issues; the series started off written by Joe Millard and then became Leo Dorfman's most notable assignment there.

Here's a page from "Code of the Silver Sage" with Rocky Lane (Motion Picture Comics 102). The clues to lead to Leo Dorfman are "As" and "Just then" in the captions, but the clincher is the use of periods--all of these not exclusive to Dorfman, but used by him much more often than the other writers at Fawcett at the time. "Ivanhoe" and "The Red Badge of Courage" are, as I never tire of pointing out, the "classics in comics" mentioned in an early 70s Superboy text page and taken by fandom at the time as meaning Classics Illustrated.
Motion Picture Comics 101

Fawcett movie one-shots

1949   Dakota Lil Joe Millard
1950   Copper Canyon Millard

  Destination Moon Otto Binder

  Montana Millard

  Pioneer Marshal Millard
  Powder River Rustlers Millard
  Singing Guns Millard

Fawcett Movie Comic

1950 Gunmen of Abilene Binder
Dec/     King of the Bull Whip Leo Dorfman
The Old Frontier Dorfman
10  The Missourians Dorfman
11  The Thundering Trail Dorfman
Aug/     12  Rustlers on Horseback Dorfman
Oct/     13  Warpath Dorfman
Dec/     14  The Last Oupost Dorfman
Feb/52 15  The Man from Planet X Binder
16  Ten Tall Men Dorfman
June/     17  Rose of Cimarron Dorfman
18  The Brigand Dorfman
Oct/     19  Carbine Williams Dorfman
Dec/     20  Ivanhoe Dorfman

Motion Picture

1950 101  The Vanishing Westerner Millard
Jan/51 102  Code of the Silver Sage Dorfman
103  Covered Wagon Raid
104  Vigilante Hideout Dorfman
105  The Red Badge of Courage
Sep/     106  The Texas Rangers
Nov/     107  Frisco Tornado
Jan/52  108  Mask of the Avenger
Mar/     109  Rough Riders of Durango
110  When Worlds Collide
July/     111  The Vanishing Outpost
112  Brave Warrior
Nov/     113  Walk East on Beacon Dorfman
Jan/53  114  Cripple Creek Dorfman

Monday, May 23, 2022

Bunny Backups

Bunny_Ball_Fantasy In the Bunny Ball Fantasy Theater backups in Harvey's Bunny, Howie Post has been IDed on the Sooper Hippie stories, but Hy Eisman, the Bunny artist, has been attributed the art for the first Fruitman stories and the Yvoorg Nam one. He doesn't start on Fruitman until issue 9. He may be inked by Henry Scarpelli on some, and Scarpelli may do complete art again toward the end of the run. (I see him with Eisman in varying degrees on the Bunny stories too.)

The inking on these three Post stories in particular stumps me--it doesn't look like his own as seen on Anthro, for instance--so as far as inking goes, I'll venture only that Scarpelli inked himself here.

Bunny 8 Fruitman

Bunny Ball Fantasy Theater Pencillers in early Bunny

Nov/67 Fruitman Warren Kremer
Mar/68 Yvoorg Nam Howie Post
Oct/      Flower People [SOOPER HIPPIE] Post
Feb/69 Love Beads [SOOPER HIPPIE] Post
Apr/     The Great Feast [FRUITMAN] Henry Scarpelli full art
May/     Shmasty and McGee [FRUITMAN] Hy Eisman

Monday, April 25, 2022

Robert Bernstein Writes Desperado

This is a way of dipping my toe in the water on Robert Bernstein's scripts for Lev Gleason; he was a major writer for them mostly after Dick Wood (their tenures overlapped in 1946-47) and alongside Carl Wessler and others. There may well be more Bernstein stories here that didn't jump out at me if he didn't use his typical exclamations.

Desperado not surprisingly is spun off Crime Does Not Pay as an anthology of nothing but Wild West crime stories after CDNP ran them every so often. With #9 Desperado became the Western masked hero book Black Diamond Western.

In lieu of CDNP's Mr. Crime, the lead story of most issues of Desperado was narrated by an object--a gallows, a coin, a boot--long before that became a staple of the DC war books. Here a gun is narrating "Joe Slade" in #1.

Desperado Anthology Stories
Written by Robert Bernstein

June/48 Joe Slade
    Sam Bass, the Cross Eyed Dead Shot
Aug/     Teton Jackson
Sep/     The Hole-in-the-Wall Gang and Its Leader "Kid" Curry
    Crazy Sam Brown
    Johnny Ringo
Oct/     "Doc" Holliday
    Wes Hardin
Nov/     King Hunter, the Self-Proclaimed King
    Clay Cottrell
    "Rattlesnake Jake" Fallon
    Bat Slater
Dec/     Joe Bowler
    Sheriff Ted Tucker
    Burly Will Grady and His Band of Ruthless Rustlers
Jan/49  One Man Against Two Armies
    "Buckskin" Frank Combs
Feb/      Cesar Leporello and the Phony Diamond of the Rio Grande
    Fools' Gold
    Blind Man's Bluff

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Mix-and-Match Swipe

Gutenberg Montiero's cover painting for Creepy 24 (Dec/68) swipes two earlier paintings.

Masters of Horror pb, Black Mask Sept 46, Creepy 24

An unknown artist painted the cover for the Berkley paperback Masters of Horror (1967); Rafael De Soto painted the one for the pulp magazine Black Mask (Sept/46).

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Artist of the First (or Second) Modern Graphic Novel

1950's Mansion of Evil from Fawcett Gold Medal Books is credited only to the scripter, Joseph Millard. The artist is Bud Thompson. The tiers below, from the story "Guilty of Murder" in the final issue of Fawcett's Captain Marvel Jr.--#119, June 1953--show some of the same silhouetted or partially silhouetted figures as in Mansion of Evil.

Mansion of Evil, CMJ 119

The previous guess on the Mansion of Evil art is George Evans--but only on two of the eleven chapters, when the style is the same throughout.

Monday, February 21, 2022

Auteurs of the Graphic Novel

Uncle Pogo So-So Stories, Theb Flintstones on the Rocks, Don Martin Steps Out

Nowadays every issue of a comic book is a temporarily embarrassed graphic novel.

My definition of graphic novel: A book using original comics material in narrative. The important word here is book, so length isn't a criterion--"novel" encompasses collections (like A Contract with God, by the way). A magazine isn't a book, so His Name Is Savage, for instance, doesn't meet the definition. And if it isn't limited to original material, the floodgates open for an appalling number of titles from comic strips and comic books. Note that these three Pogo books are the original-material ones among, otherwise, collections. I say "in narrative" to omit single-page gags of the "talking in pictures" sort, although fumetti would otherwise fit--for instance, in the 70s, Richard J. Anobile's Fotonovels. (And so if we were including magazines, Charlton's 1963 full-length Black Zoo would predate the 1968 His Name Is Savage anyway.)

Mansion of Evil and It Rhymes with Lust are each dated just 1950, so which one is the first modern graphic novel is a question--but it's one or the other.

I'm pushing the definition of "original" with Passionella, but one of the four stores is original and the others have been revised and redrawn for the book. I dithered over the six 1962 Tintin books form Golden Press--they are new American translations--and decided not to include them. Belmont's High Camp Superheroes and My Son the Teenager I left off too, as the new material in them was prepared for the comics and by luck came out in the paperbacks first.

Can you think of any I'm missing through 1970? UPDATE--2 days later--The Monkees occurred to me when I happened to be thinking of the more usual TV tie-in comics and novels. FURTHER UPDATE: OtherEric in his comment contributed The Pogo Poop Book.

1940s-60s American Graphic Novels
abbreviations: mass market paperbacks, hardcovers, trade paperbacks

1950  Mansion of Evil  Fawcett pb
   It Rhymes with Lust St. John digest
1953  Uncle Pogo So-So Stories S&S hc, tp
1954  The Pogo Stepmother Goose S&S tp
1955  The Pogo Peek-a-Book S&S hc, tp
1959  Passionella and Other Stories McGraw-Hill tp
  Harvey Kurtzman's Jungle Book Ballantine pb
1960  The Flintstones on the Rocks Dell small tp
  Huck and Yogi Jamboree Dell small tp
1962  Don Martin Steps Out Signet pb
    [and many more MAD originals]
1966  Christopher Lee's Treasury of Terror Pyramid pb
  Dracula Ballantine pb
  The Monkees Popular Library pb
  The Great Society Comic Book Parallax small tp
  Bobman and Teddy Parallax small tp
  Kosher Comics Parallax small tp
  The Pogo Poop Book S&S tp
1967  The Man from M.O.T.H.E.R. Parallax smaller tp

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Dick Wood and Mr. Crime

CDNP 35 'Suffering Hannah,' 'Ho, folks'

Dick Wood was credited for any number of stories in Crime Does Not Pay at Lev Gleason, but by no means all. This is a list of his anonymous ones that I've found. There are CDNP issues missing here that haven't been scanned yet. Scarce due to Forties paper drives? Fifties comic book burnings?

Dick Wood is recognizable by expressions like "Suffering Hannah," and in Crime Does Not Pay he has an even easier-to-spot characteristic on some stories. Starting with the bylined story "The True Life Story of 'Pretty Boy Floyd'" leading off #27, when he uses narrator Mr. Crime, very often the latter prefaces a speech or caption with "Ho, folks," or "Ho, Pretty Boy" to the protagonist, or just "Ho," all with a comma--"Ho, and where is he now?" The tiers are from the bylined story "One-Man Crime Wave" in #35.

I've mentioned Wood's use of the exclamation "Kazar" in The Claw, Jigsaw, and The Phantom; here he uses it in, for instance, "The True Story of Jean Cavillac" in #31 and "Wild Beasts of Paris" in #38--and it's after seeing it here that I realize it's meant for "Huzzah."

Dick Wood scripts without byline

May/   27  The Dead-Eye Romeo
    The Strange Saga of Rafael Red Lopez
Sep/   29  The True Story of "Two-Gun" Crowley
Nov/    30  The Texas Terrors
    Crime Close-Ups
Jan/44 31  The True Story of Jean Cavillac
    The Million Dollar Robbery
Mar/    32  The Man Who Loved Murder
    SeƱorita of Sin
    Playboys of Crime
Jan/45 37  10 Years of Terror: Vincent Piazzero
    Case of the Confident Killer
    The Singing Slayer
Mar/     38  The Meek Murderer
    Murder by Night
    Wild Beasts of Paris
May/     39  Blonde Queen of Crime
    The Case of the Tell-Tale Watch
    The Crime of Terry Almodovar
Sep/     41  The Cocksure Counterfeiter
    Who Dunnit?
Jan/46 43  Case of the Love Sick Clown
    Doctor of Evil
Mar/     44  The True Story of "Legs" Diamond
    Death on the Tracks
May/     45  The True Story of John Dillinger
    The Fire Fiend
    Crime of the Friendly Enemy
Sep/      47  Thug's Throne
    The Horrible Halzingers
Jan/47  49  The Case of the Voodooed Hangars
Mar/      50  The Belmont Bandit

Monday, January 3, 2022

A Harvey Gh-gh-ghost on Bunny

Bunny_Lemoine The only attribution at the moment for the art on Harvey's Sixties teen-type title Bunny is Hy Eisman. His sneak signature is in a number of early stories in the form of the license plate "Hy 27 E" on four different cars in "Discarteque" (#1), "The Ultrazaric Decodifier," "Guests from England," and "Poetic Justice" (#2); the "27" (Eisman's birthday) is on photographer Elmer Snapple's door in "The Playpen Contest" (#1) and it continues on his door in, for instance, "The 'Zoople' Contest" (#2).

Bunny 1 O. O. Heaven, Playpen Contest

And since Eisman is the main artist, when there are figures (of secondary characters) in another artist's style, I'm going to say that artist was assisting Eisman unknown to the Harvey editors and thus a ghost. The artist I see is Gus Lemoine from Archie (most notably Madhouse). These pages are from "O. O. Heaven" and "The Playpen Contest."

Upon my first look I went along with the GCD, wondering if there were unknown artists on a few early stories, but I think it's the inconsistency in inking styles among different stories before one style is settled upon with issue #3. (Eisman himself or other inkers? I can't tell.) I'd give the main pencilling credit on all "Bunny family" stories to Eisman.

Bunny pencil assists by Gus Lemoine

Dec/66 Rookie Secret Agent O. O. Heaven
    The Mush Meal Caper
    Tiger Bunny
    The Playpen Contest
Apr/67 The Ultrazaric Decodifier