Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Woolfolk Records 1952/05

Blackhawk 60 'Crimson Hoods'

William Woolfolk entered the comic book scripts he sold in a notebook that, much later, Donna Woolfolk let Marc Svensson scan (thanks to both of them!). These May 1952 entries sold to Fawcett, Quality, and Orbit.

This month's are Woolfolk's final Blackhawk stories.

May 1952 Comic Book Scripts by William Woolfolk

8 pg  Captain Marvel Jr. Robin Hood days
"In the Days of Robin Hood" CMJ 118, Apr/53
Blackhawk Guerrilla meeets Blackhawk
"Guerrilla—the Unknown Hero" BH 61, Feb/53
10  Man Who Broke the Black Hand "The Man Who Broke the Black Hand" Underworld Crime 7, Sep/53
Blackhawk terror of the Crimson Hoods
"Terror of the Crimson Hoods" BH 60, Jan/53
10  Killer from the Grave a dead gangster who comes back from lime pit
Mausoleum of Weird Crimes "Make Way for Murder" Wanted 50, Oct/52
Captain Marvel Jr. werewolf of London
"CMJ and the Werewolf of London" CMJ 117, Feb/53
Captain Marvel Jr. mad Mongol monster
"CMJ Battles the Mad Mongol Monster" CMJ 115, Nov/52
Ibis the thing from the deep
"Ibis and the Man-Eater from the Deep" Whiz 154, Apr/53
Lady—or the Tigress? a woman who is both
"Lady or the Tigress?" This Magazine Is Haunted 9, Feb/53
Devil's Mask if evil, face changes to that of the mask
"Devil's Mask" TMIH 9, Feb/53
Forbidden to Love modern Romeo & Juliet
Love Journal

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Scooter, Scooter, Scooter (in a Cary Grant Voice)

Swing with Scooter 20 (Aug-Sep/69), the Giant Summer Fun annual, needed reprints, but the title was only three years old. That wasn't a problem; DC had repurposed old stories before—modernizing hairstyles and fashions (Binky, romance stories) or outright turning characters into new ones (Dobie Gillis and Maynard G. Krebs into Windy and Willy).

By this point, though, Scooter had been transformed from the original design ghosted by Jerry Grandenetti in a Joe Orlando look into a more-or-less Bob Montana look, with Henry Scarpelli's full art on covers and his inks over other artists' interior pencils. (The Binky and Debbi titles would soon follow suit.) Anything from five or ten years earlier would have to be redrawn to match the style in Scooter 19 and 21.

But since the point was to save money on "reprints," the bare minimum of revision was called for. That meant some characters were not redrawn. People with Scarpelli's Archie-style heads would interact with Bob Oksner's and Mort Drucker's caricature-realistic folks.
Date with Judy 77, Swing with Scooter 20
I had no idea at first where the original stories (evidently untitled and so not cross-indexed on the GCD) might be turned up. Then I found that the long-time artist of the radio tie-in A Date with Judy, Graham Place, did most of that title's run but not the last of it. Oksner and Drucker came aboard for the final year (Oksner had been given the cover art assignments on Judy a bit before that). I don't know who was writing the Date with Judy stories in 1960. Cal Howard?

Their A DATE WITH JUDY Sources

"If It's Free, I'll Take It"
  Story 1, ADWJ 77 (Jun-Jul/60) a: Bob Oksner
"Sign Here, Please"
  Story 3, ADWJ 79 (Oct-Nov/60) a: Mort Drucker
"Carnival Time"
  Story 3, ADWJ 78 (Aug-Sep/60) a: Drucker
"Cousin Roger's Hang-Up"
  Story 2, ADWJ 77 (Jun-Jul/60) a: Drucker
"Golf Anyone"
  Story 3, ADWJ 74 (Dec/59-Jan/60) a: Graham Place
"Cool Bongos"
  Story 3, ADWJ 78 (Aug-Sep/60) a: Drucker
"Johnny, You Kill Me"
  Story 1, ADWJ 76 (Apr-May/60) a: Drucker

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Woolfolk Records 1952/04

Fawcett, Orbit, and Quality.

By "editorial work," I would think Woolfolk means rewriting. "My Cruel Lover" is not a title recorded in earlier months, but other editorial work has been paid at $12.50 a page, and this, like a later Wanted revision that I can recognize as a Woolfolk to begin with (in fact "Cult of Killers"), is paid at $10.

Wanted 52

April 1952 Comic Book Scripts by William Woolfolk

6 pg  Captain Marvel Jr. the great vacuum
"CMJ and the Great Vacuum" CMJ 118, Apr/53
The Brute I Loved society gal and steel worker
"The Brute I Loved" Love Diary 34, Apr/53
Doll Man emerald eye of evil
"The Emerald Eye of Evil" DM 43, Dec/52
Doll Man Satan's sculptor
"Satan's Sculptor" DM 43, Dec/52
editorial work on "My Cruel Lover" "My Cruel Lover" L Diary 30, Aug/52
10  Plastic Man a stairway into madness
"The Stairway to Madness" PM 39, Jan/53
Captain Marvel Jr. becomes funniest looking boy in world
"CMJ Becomes the Funniest Looking Boy in the World" CMJ 117, Feb/53
10  Ghost Riders in the Sky dead sheriff & deputies track down a killer
"Phantom Riders in the Sky" Strange Stories from Another World 4, Dec/52
Ibis things in the fog
"The Things in the Fog" Whiz 153, Jan/53
10  Cult of Death true crime of religious cults
8  "Cult of Killers" Wanted 52, Feb/53
Ken Shannon blood on the ruby necklace
"Necklace of Blood" KS 9, Feb/53
Captain Marvel Jr. the microscopic space ship
"CMJ and the Lost Space Ship" CMJ 117, Feb/53
Blackhawk vampire men
"Vampire Men of Kunwalo" BH 60, Jan/53

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Millie the Model by Ken Bald and Pete Riss

The run of early Timely-era Millie the Model available nowadays to consult is incomplete; issue 1 is reportedly by other hands than these (Ruth Atkinson, for one). As of the next issue I've seen after this run, #20 (Oct/49), Stan Lee has a credit line on each story and the art is obviously by Dan DeCarlo; DeCarlo will continue on the feature close to the end of the Fifties, and Lee beyond that. Lee may well have written some of the stories in these earlier issues.

Not only is Ken Bald credited for script and art on the first story page of Millie 9, but the credit is amplified in Stan Lee's book Secrets behind the Comics: Bald wrote and drew all four of the connected stories about a Paris trip, and did so while in Paris.

On Millie 7 you could take the frontispiece crediting Millie art to Ken Bald and Pete Riss as meaning that Bald pencilled and Riss inked. Or, as I have, you could ID the stories drawn in Bald's style as by Bald and the ones in Riss's style as by Riss. The fact that Bald wrote the two drawn in his art style ("Yoicks!" in both of them, the same as in Millie 9) would back up that decision. Bald might have written more stories in #2 than the one I can identify at this time.

Riss gets the sole frontispiece credit for Millie art in #8. His early issues are, in my opinion, some of his best work; obviously he's being influenced by Bald. Compare the Bald page from "Millie's Little Leopard" in Millie 7 with the Riss one from "Seeing Spots" in 12. By the end of 1948 some of Riss's people are back to the skinny scarecrows such as are seen in "A Modern Alice in Wonderland" (Superman 41, July-Aug/46).

Millie 7 by Bald, Millie 12 by Riss

I've left off this list backup stories such as Willie, Rusty, and Hedy De Vine, all by other artists.

Millie the Model 2, 7-15

Oct/46 [The Blonde Phantom Perfume] a: Ken Bald
[Millie the French Model] a: Bald 
[The New Outfit] w: Bald  a: Bald
[Millie on Televison] a: Bald
[Millie Goes to Hollywood] a: Bald
Aug/47 Millie's Music Maker a: Pete Riss
Millie's Little Leopard w: Bald  a: Bald

Millie's Millionaire a: Riss
The Perilous Picnic w: Bald  a: Bald
Oct/     Millie Stops the Presses a: Riss
The Model of the Golden West a: Riss 
Millie, the College Cut-Up a: Riss
Bathing Suit Blues a: Riss
Dec/     Off to Paris w: Bald  a: Bald

Fun in France w: Bald  a: Bald
The Contest w: Bald  a: Bald

Millie's Mad Whirl w: Bald  a: Bald
Feb/48  10  She Who Laughs Last a: Riss
Hat Box Havoc a: Riss 
Millie for President a: Riss
The Riddle of the Rival a: Riss
Apr/     11  Just the Type a: Riss
College Knowledge a: Riss 
Babes in the Woods a: Riss
Under the Weather a: Riss
Jun/     12  Millie's Fan Male a: Riss
Millie's London Landing a: Riss 
Flicker, Flicker, Who'll Get Flicker? a: Riss
Seeing Spots a: Riss
Aug/     13  A Peach Makes a Speech a: Riss
A Whale of a Sail a: Riss 
A Look at the Cook a: Riss
Her Rent Romance a: Riss
Breaking Her Back at the Track a: Riss
Oct/     14  Oh, You Kid—Nappers! a: Riss
Chili Misses the Bus a: Riss 
Millie Helps Out a: Riss
Clothes Conscious a: Riss
The Footlight Phony a: Riss
Dec/     15  Bear Scare a: Riss
College Cover Girl a: Riss 
Scavenger Hunt a: Riss
Pretty as a Picture a: Riss
Chili Gets Chilled a: Riss

On this tier by Pete Riss from "She Who Laughs Last" in Millie 10, he indulges in an in-joke diluted by, probably, the use of different inkers at Timely and Quality.

Mille 10--The Jester

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Woolfolk Records 1952/03

Police 121 Ken Shannon

Stories for Orbit, Quality, and Fawcett.

Finally a discernible reason for a title change: a non-William Woolfolk story published in Wanted 44, Jan/52, was already titled "Death Row."

S.O.S. for Love, again, is a continuing department with no individual story titles. (UPDATE: darkmark confirmed the following reasoning that had made me leave LJ 15, which I haven't seen, as merely a guess when I posted.) This one isn't in the same issue, Love Journal 16, as this month's story "Shameful Love"; 16's concerns a mother, but one who high-pressures her daughter's dates about marriage. The LJ 16 letters page identifies the previous issue's S.O.S. as from a man.

March 1952 Comic Book Scripts by William Woolfolk

3 pg  S.O.S. for Love mother wants to live with son
[untitled SOSFL] Love Journal 15, Aug/52
Ken Shannon the curse of the clawed killer
"Case of the Clawed Killer" Police 121, Nov/52
10  Death Row 5 men in death row
9  "5 Doors to Death" Wanted 51, Dec/52
Under Cover Club pages "Under Cover Club" Wanted
Wanted criminal Wanted
10  Monsters of the Mind man pursued by monsters of which he is one
"Monsters of the Mind" Strange Stories from Another World 4, Dec/52
Plastic Man the hounds of horror
"The Hounds of Horror" PM 39, Jan/53
Captain Marvel Jr. curse of the fire demon
"CMJ and the Curse of the Fire Demon" CMJ 115, Nov/52
Ibis an undertaker makes a zombie
"Ibis and the Undertaker's Revenge" Whiz 152, Dec/52
10  Shameful Love girl who falls for an alcoholic
"Shameful Love" L Journal 16, Nov/52
10  Doll Man the thing that killed
"The Thing that Killed" DM 43, Dec/52
Captain Marvel Jr. scientist from the future
"CMJ and the Scientist from the Future" CMJ 116, Dec/52
Dog That Cried Murder a killer who is haunted by a dead dog
Mausoleum of Weird Crimes "The Dog That Cried Murder" Wanted 49, Sept/52
Captain Marvel Jr. space voters
"CMJ and the Space Voters" CMJ 116, Dec/52
Coin of Killers coin that brings death to owners
6  "Coin of Killers" Wanted 50, Oct/52
10  Ken Shannon mansion of mangled men
"Mansion of Mangled Men" KS 8, Dec/52

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Felix the Cat by Jack Mendelsohn, c. age 36 1/2

Jack Mendelsohn worked in comic books and animation. His Sunday syndicated strip, "Jackys Diary," ran 1959-61. Written and drawn as if by a five-year-old, and bylined "Jacky Mendelsohn, age 32½," the joke at its heart evidently flew over the heads of readers and newspaper editors who thought it was by a five-year-old.

When I went to index Dell's early-Sixties Felix the Cat for myself, I figured I'd differentiate the artists by "Felix artist 1," "Felix artist 2," and so on. One I gave a more descriptive identification: "Mendelsohn-like," since the simplicity somehow reminded me of the deliberately childlike style he affected on "Jacky's Diary."

But as I was looking at the stories' art, I realized that I recognized the writing on a run of three issues that included the "Mendelsohn-like" artist's work. I'd seen it on the earlier Supermouse at Pines and the later Tippy Teen at Tower, which I knew from the Who's Who that Jack Mendelsohn had worked on. Bails and Ware also place him at Dell at the time. His website mentions the Dell issue of Miss Peach that he wrote and drew in a spot-on imitation of Mell Lazarus's style. As I found after "discovering" these Felix stories, the Who's Who has him writing the syndicated strip in 1948-52, and his site mentions Felix as one of his comic book credits.

Jacky's Diary Four Color 1091, Felix 2

Eventually I tied together the art styles between Jacky's Dairy and Felix, I think; note the cobblestones as well as the background buildings in the street scenes. I find that deliberately primitive art style on only two Felix stories, but it seems to me that other artists could have been working over Mendelsohn's layouts on other stories he wrote here; I think I see one of those artists on a later issue or two. I can't tell if he wrote any of the one-pagers in #2-4. These three are the only issues out of the twelve-issue run that he wrote; I'm still trying to see if I can ID anyone else on the strip at Dell.

Felix the Cat
written by Jack Mendelsohn

Jan-Mar/63 Beaux and Arrows a: Mendelsohn
You Must've Been a Beautiful Baby a: Mendelsohn
High Finance
Apr-Jun/     Fair Weather Enemies
You Auto Be in Pictures
Good Neighbor Policy
Frozen Assets
Jul-Sep/     The Vicious Cycle
Tale of a Fish
A Sample Assignment
There Auto Be a Law

Felix the Cat backups
written by Mendelsohn

Jan-Mar/63 Early to Bed [ROCK AND ROLLO]
Apr-Jun/     Spring Fever [PUSSYFOOT]
Jul-Sep/     A Moving Story [ROCK AND ROLLO]

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Woolfolk Records 1952/02

Fawcett, Orbit, and Quality: buyers of the scripts this month.

S.O.S. for Love is a continuing department with no individual story titles.
William Woolfolk used the concept of a riverman battling a construction project a few years earlier in Plastic Man 12 (July/48), but this Ibis story is otherwise entirely new; the two rivermen have very different origins.

UPDATE: darkmark found the first two Love Journal stories here.

CMJ 115--Thousand-Eyed Idol

February 1952 Comic Book Scripts by William Woolfolk

8 pg  Captain Marvel Jr. train that left the Earth
"CMJ and the Train That Traveled through Space" CMJ 114, Oct/52
S.O.S. for Love a girl whose guy hugs the limelight
[untitled SOSFL] Love Journal 14, June/52
Ibis the weeds that could think
"Ibis and the Menace of the Horror Weeds" Whiz 150, Oct/52
Second-Best Love girl forced to date friend of the family
"Second Best Love" L Journal 15, Aug/52
Ibis the amazing riverman
"Ibis Battles the Amazing Riverman" Whiz 151, Nov/52
Captain Marvel Jr. city in the maelstrom
"CMJ and the City in the Maelstrom" CMJ 119, June/53
Blackhawk. last stand on Suicide Island
"Last Stand on Suicide Island" BH 58, Nov/52
10  Love Vampire crippled sister who steals man from heroine
"Love Vampire" L Journal 15, Aug/52
editorial work on story for Ray Hermann
Doll Man diary of a dead man
"Diary of Death" DM 41, Oct/52
editorial work for Ray Hermann
Doll Man the spectre in steel
"The Spectre in Steel" DM 41, Oct/52
Captain Marvel Jr. 1000 eyed idol of doom—whose eyes are flying saucers
7  "CMJ and the Thousand Eyed Idol of Doom" CMJ 115, Nov/52
Hot Rod Killers only nurses get murdered
"Hot-Rod Killers" Wanted 49, Sept/52
Dead Man's Revenge a man caught by corpse of man he killed
Mausoleum of Weird Crimes "Eyes of Vengeance" Wanted 49, Sept/52