Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Pete Riss Superman Stories

I posted the text earlier about Pete Riss actually drawing the Superman stories that have been attributed to Sam Citron for so long—here are the lists of his work on the character.

I see that in Citron's art for Warren, Gold Key, and DC in the Sixties, he has some poses reminiscent of Wayne Boring's as far as the tilt of a head here and there; I wonder if his Superman work was all with Boring and the Shuster studio, and thus particularly hard to pick out? Pete Riss is not at all hard to pick out when you compare these stories with his credited work at Timely.
World's Finest 17 The Great Godini--'Killer Riss' poster
On that earlier post I misremembered the "Killer Riss" sneak as from "The Quicksilver Kid," but it was from "The Great Godini."

Pete Riss art on Superman

Jan-Feb/44 26  The Quicksilver Kid
May-June/     28  The Golden Galleons
Nov-Dec/     31  Tune Up Time for Crime

A Dog's Tale

The Treasure House of History
May-June/45 34  The United States Navy

The Canyon That Went Berserk

When the World Got Tired
Jan-Feb/46 38  The Battle of the Atoms

The Bad Old Knights

The Man of Stone
July-Aug/     41  Too Many Pranksters

Clark Kent's Bodyguard

A Modern Alice in Wonderland

on Superman in Action Comics

Dec/43 67  Make Way for Fate
Mar/44 70  Superman Takes a Holiday
June/     73  The Hobby Robbers
May/46 96  Haircut--and a Close Shave

on Superman in World's Finest Comics

Spring/45 17  The Great Godini

on Lois Lane in Superman
(untitled stories)


May-June/45 34  [Dirty Dealings with a Dictaphone]
Sep-Oct/     36  [Burying Treasure]
Nov-Dec/     37  [A Blowtorch for Big Larkin]
Jan-Feb/46 38  [The Brazil Nut]
Mar-Apr/    39  [The Twice-Stolen Pendant]
May-June/     40  [Go Fly a Kite]
Sep-Oct/     42  [The Bowling Brawl]

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Four More Cap Stories by Mort Leav

Mort Leav's final Captain America story (found so far), "Double Identity" in All Winners 1 Volume 2 (Aug/48), is very obviously not by one of the usual artists. That's the one where he's most likely inking his own pencils. Out of eight post-war Cap stories (the number he recalled doing), I've come up with four more, some probably inked by other hands, one certainly so. This page from "The Last Case of Inspector Leeds" uses one of his floating-head-and-squiggly-border shots, and the woman (especially in the third panel) could have come from one of his stories for Orbit in Love Diary or Wanted. This story's art does strike me as not only his pencils but his inks.
Cap 60 'Inspector Leeds'
Syd Shores inked "Pennies from Heaven." What makes it even easier to mistake the story for his is that, as far as I can tell, he did pencil the splash page as well. I'd say Otto Binder wrote "Pennies"; "Inspector Leeds" is noted in William Woolfolk's records.

Orbit, by chance, used a number of Cap artists, past or future: Leav, Shores, Vince Alascia, Maurice Del Bourgo, Mort Lawrence, John Buscema, and Gene Colan.

This leaves three more Cap stories by Mort Leav to look for.

Mort Leav art in Captain America

Nov/46 59  Pennies from Heaven (inks and pg 1 pencils: Syd Shores)
Jan/47 60  The Last Case of Inspector Leeds

The Big Fight
Mar/     61  The Bullfrog Terror

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Thank You, Thing: More Memling

The Thing is Charlton's first horror book. They shortly pick up This Magazine Is Haunted from Fawcett, but after that their weird-story titles fall under the Comics Code and can't be called horror.

The Thing 17 'Bad Blood'--signed Dick Ayers

The Thing starts as a showcase for artists Bob Forgione, John Belfi, and the like, but about two-thirds along in its run becomes more the Charlton we recognize with the coming of Dick Ayers, Bill Molno, and most importantly Steve Ditko. Carl Memling starts writing before the change in the artists' lineup, and from then on has at least one story in every issue through the final one. He may have written more stories than those here, but these are the ones of which I can be positive. There are two Memling tells in the final balloon above.

The Thing
Written by Carl Memling

May/53 A Grave Situation


Death Has Deep Roots
Jul/      Mardu's Masterpiece
The Road to Madness


Operation Massacre
The Dead Man's Hand
Sep/     10  Flower of Evil

Into the Fire


Death Has Three Fingers
N-D/     11  Hansel and Gretel
The Glitter of Evil

Deep Freeze


Blind Vengeance
Feb/54 12  Melvin Comes Home
Apr/     13  Poor Fish
June/     14  The Evil Eye

Doom in the Air


Blind Vengeance
J-A/     15  Day of Reckoning
Sep/     16  Death of a Gambler

Picture of the Future


Mental Wizard
     The Crusher
Nov/     17  Bad Blood

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Don Segall and Two Colonels

Now that I've gotten the miscredits to Don Segall straightened out, here are some Dell comedy TV tie-ins and one movie adaptation definitely written by him. As acknowledged in the indicia, even the ones published prior to Western Publishing's splitting off to form Gold Key in late 1962 were produced in-house at Dell rather than supplied by Western.

McKeever and the Colonel 1--'O-oo'; It seems that he has misplaced his jeep...

Here are tiers from the first issue of the military-school sitcom McKeever and the Colonel—one I somehow never encountered, as much TV as I watched in the Sixties. The obvious signals for a Segall script are "O-oo" or "O-ooo" and captions along the lines of: It seems he's done this... From a quick look again just now, I don't think those happen to appear in either of his credited dialogue jobs at DC; I had to pick them up once I worked backward to Dell from those Creeper and Inferior Five stories.

Where I show only one issue out of a run, others have written the other Issues. Andy Griffith 1 and 2 are Four-Color 1252 and 1341. Tony Tallarico lettered the stories he inked here.

WRITTEN BY DON SEGALL

Andy Griffith

Jan-Mar/62 #1  Opie's Secret a: Henry Scarpelli
Apr-June/     #2  Undercover Man a: Scarpelli

Beany and Cecil

Feb-Apr/62 #1  Old Paint a: ?—same throughout #1
     Table Manners a: ?
    Security Leak a: ?
     Beany Uses His Head... a: ?
    The Mess Maker a: ?

Calvin and the Colonel

Apr-June/62 #1  The Dream House a: ?—same as #2
July-Sep/     #2  Money Is Everything a: ?

Car 54, Where Are You?

Sep-Nov/63 #7  Memories p: Bill Fraccio  i: Tony Tallarico

Car 54, Where Are You? backup: Tommy Trouble

Sep-Nov/63 #7  The Delivery p: Fraccio  i: Tallarico

Margie

July-Sep/62 #2  Opening Night a: Scarpelli

McHale's Navy

Aug-Oct/63 #2  Sea-ing Things a: Scarpelli

McKeeever and the Colonel

Feb-Apr/63 #1  Split Personality p: Fraccio  i: Tallarico
May-July/     #2  Cleaning Up p: Fraccio  i: Tallarico
Aug-Oct/     #3  The Rugged Life p: Fraccio  i: Tallarico

Movie Classic

Oct-Dec/63 The Mouse on the Moon p: Fraccio  i: Tallarico

Segall very likely wrote all the inside-cover one-pagers for the issues here. The ones I can be certain of (It seems that Calvin has a problem...) are "Duty Calls" and "Going Down" on the inside front covers of Calvin and the Colonel 1 and 2, and Margie 2's "Finger Painting."

Friday, February 27, 2015

George Wildman on Sick--and Felix?

George Wildman, Charlton's editor for most of the Seventies, was the company's main Popeye artist, and continued with the strip late in the decade when the book was returned to Western Publishing (Gold Key and then Whitman).

He used a pen name (or pen initials) at Sick, which had came to Charlton to end its run. This article, "Who's Watching What" from 119 (Feb/78) is signed D.E.K. in the final panel; as it happens, its script (credited on the splash page) is by Popeye writer Bill Pearson.

Sick 119

I believe I see Wildman's art, anonymous, much earlier—before he's otherwise known to have worked in comic books—on Dell's Felix the Cat. "Felix Forgets to Call Ohm"/"Packaged Lightning" (Felix 9, Oct-Dec/63) and "Testy Tester"/"Tested Tester" (12, July-Sep/65)—each a two-chapter story—suggest his work to me.

The best place to look for any artist's style would be secondary figures, but here I chose a panel of Sappo from a Wotasnozzle backup to Popeye, because his straight-to-the-side pose, with a head almost perfectly round, is typical of Wildman, like the character George in the Felix tier below. In the Felix stories there are backgrounds of massed clouds with a few distant birds by their edges; the same can be found in Wildman's Popeye stories.

Popeye 162, 171, Felix 12

So George Wildman would be my guess on those two Felix stories.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Arneson, Not Segall

The misattributions to Don Segall on the GCD for these books, coalescing as far as anyone can tell out of thin air, originated decades earlier with me, back around the time I misidentified some non-William Woolfolk stories as Woolfolk's. I was correct in making the leap from these Dell stories to the Tower ones, but started from a misidentification of the writer. From what I can see now, Don Segall worked at Dell up through the middle of 1965; these are from 1966-67.

DJ Arneson not long ago recalled writing a comic's entire first issue for Tower, an "Undersea guy." He actually wrote two issue's worth of those double-sized books, going by the style. He remembered writing the Dell monster superheroes specifically. His other series like the Monkees and Dark Shadows (to name only two) never got misattributed.

An early warning sign for Arneson's writing is "Great Scot" rather than "Scott" (although I've seen him use the latter once or twice). The full page here is from 1966's bookstore comic THE GREAT SOCIETY COMIC BOOK, on which he and Tony Tallarico (though not ghost-penciller Bill Fraccio) got cover and splash credits; the tier below it is from FLYING SAUCERS 1, art by Chic Stone.

Great Society Comic Book, Flying Saucers 1 'Great Scot'
DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN, of course, took up their numbering after one-shot tie-ins to the Universal movies a few years earlier. DRACULA 5 was skipped. The reasoning is obvious: 5 would have reprinted 1, but they skipped over it to the superhero issues. It may be a persnickety reason for the numbering gap, but it is a reason, not the mistake that fans have called it.

Scripts by DJ ARNESON, not Don Segall, at Dell

DRACULA 2-4
DRACULA 6-8 (reprints 2-4)

FRANKENSTEIN 2-4

WEREWOLF 1-3

FLYING SAUCERS 1-4
FLYING SAUCERS 5 (reprints 1)

at Tower

UNDERSEA AGENT 1-2

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Legion Artist You've Heard Of. "Who Was It?" "Same Guy!"

Win Mortimer took over as regular artist on the Legion of Super-Heroes in late 1968. Naturally, if you didn't take a good look, you'd assume he's the penciller of "Lament for a Legionnaire" in Action 384 (Jan/70). Well, he may have touched up the figure of Element Lad in the splash panel. But otherwise Curt Swan returns for his final bow on the strip's first run.

Action 384 Lament for a Legionnaire

If it explains the long-standing misattribution, Swan is being inked on this story by Jack Abel, the regular on the strip at this point, whereas on the very same issue's Superman story George Roussos is his inker.

Nelson Bridwell mistook Swan's 1952 art for Mortimer's in the reprint of the Batman story "The Masterminds of Crime." He was corrected and ran the correction soon after.

But certainly by 1970 (if not as early as 1952), Mortimer's and Swan's art styles don't look very much alike, do they?