Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Bernstein's Last Run on Crime Does Not Pay (and Bonus Artists)

Finishing up Robert Bernstein's scripts for Crime Does Not Pay; the title ended with #147. (It went under the Comics Code with #143.)

CDNP 145 Saturday Night Gang Giordano-Alascia

But first: while going over the last issues I made a few artist IDs. When I saw Dick Giordano's earliest stuff at Charlton it seemed to me there was a George Evans influence. Sure enough, a Giordano/Vince Alascia job at Lev Gleason has been miscredited in the Grand Comics Database to Evans--"The Fall of the Saturday Night Gang," shown above. Giordano/Alascia have "Unheeded Warning" in the next issue, CDNP 145, correctly attributed to them, and their story in 146, "The Big Mop-Up," is signed.

A few Crime Does Not Pay artists

Apr/55 144  The Fall of the Saturday Night Gang p: Dick Giordano

    i: Vince Alascia
May/     145  Cornered: The Furious End of Vic Banner a: Ed Robbins
July/     147  Mighty Rookie a: Robbins

Crime Does Not Pay Anthology Stories
Written by Robert Bernstein

Feb/53 119  Mad Dog Coll, the Mad Gunman
Mar/     120  The Brady Gang
  Cut Rate Murder
May/     122  Set for the Kill
June/     123  Hymie Weiss, Dynamo of Hate
    "Lucky Joe" Masseria, Bullet Dodger
Aug/     125  The Hair-Raising Career of Massacre Mad Frank Nash
Sep/     126  Killers from the Sticks
    Kill-Crazy Fred "Banjo" Blore
Oct/     127  Dead Man's Revenge
Nov/     128  Chuck Dorset's Rage Against Death
Dec/     129  Bill Flint, the Lone Wolf
Mar/54  132  I Beg Your Pardon
June/      135  The Crook Who Set His Own Trap
Sep/      137  Mike "Straw Hat" Vanek and His Steel Coffin
    The Bloody Saga of the Chetter Brothers
Oct/      138  The Scapegoat
Nov/      139  Eyewitness
    Joe Mosdek, the Master Dealer
    A Cop's Last Fight
Feb/55 142  The Vengeful Big "Truck" Brown
    Nickel Fare to Doom

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Angel and the Ape Writers--Including Henry Boltinoff

One point makes it easy to tell E. Nelson Bridwell's scripting on DC's Angel and the Ape. Most of the other writers' ape-speak by Sam Simeon is gibberish, but Bridwell's, beginning with #4, is garbled English. In issue #6 the first story, "The Robbing Robot," is credited on the splash page to John Albano (thus I haven't listed it here). "The Ape of 1,000 Disguises" in the same issue is uncredited. Compare the ape-speak, given with translations. The ape-speak in Showcase #77 is garbled English too, but the sound effects confirm the scripting as Howard Post's.

'Anna ik katcha' and 'Miwudjumin'--'Me? What do you mean?'

Angel and the Ape #1 confuses me more each time I look. I would have said Post, perhaps, but the ape-speak is now gibberish.

Henry Boltinoff's writing in #7 is easy to spot when he uses the caption "And..." such as he's used in his page-or-two cartoon features like "Jerry the Jitterbug," where brevity counts. He's the best bet for that issue's other one-pagers that I couldn't be positive enough about to enter here.

I can't tell who plotted a story. In the case of Angel and the Ape #2, which I've left off this list too since it's credited, Sergio Aragon├ęs is in those credits as co-scripter with Bob Oksner, presumably plotter as he's listed first. Showcase #77? Supposedly Nelson Bridwell, supposedly Robert Kanigher, supposedly even Al Jaffee. I'd go with Bridwell from the contemporary On the Drawing Board #67 (June 1968) listing.

Angel and the Ape in SHOWCASE

Sep/68 #77  Angel and the Ape Howard Post


Mar-Apr/69 #3  The Curse of the Avarice Clan E. Nelson Bridwell
May-June/     #4  Remember the Chow Mein Bridwell
    The Case of Trouble on the Talk Show Bridwell
    Cheapskater's Waltz Bridwell
July-Aug/      #5  Pigeon Mob John Albano
    Hippie, Hippie, Hooray Albano
Sep-Oct/      #6  The Ape of 1,000 Disguises
  (Would You Believe Four?)


Nov-Dec/69 #7  A Busy Little Aunt Albano

  Suits Me Fine Henry Boltinoff

  The Case of the "Inside Job" Boltinoff
    The Case of the Millionaire Cat Boltinoff