Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Woolfolk Records 1953/02

All-Star Western 72 Trigger Twins

Back to just Orbit and DC as publishers here.

With "Song of My Heart" paid at a rate lower than for regular writing, I believe that William Woolfolk is revising one of his own stories, but if so, the title has already been revised from one we've seen earlier.

Woolfolk's sole western for DC has been known, like the war stories, from the Julius Schwartz payment records.

February 1953 Comic Book Scripts by William Woolfolk

7 pg  revision of Song of My Heart "Song of My Heart" Love Journal 19, June/53
Too Many Sweethearts girl at an Army post
"Too Many Sweethearts" L Journal 20, Sept/53
12  Superman caravan of doom
"The Covered Wagon of Doom" Action 184, Sept/53
S.O.S. for Love a fat girl's problem
[untitled SOSFL] L Journal 19, June/53
Trigger Twins one twin is mysteriously missing
"Legend of a Lawman" All-Star Western 72, Aug-Sept/53

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Unknown Aparo Art Again

Jim Aparo is in his first year of work at DC when Girls' Love Stories 142 (Apr/69) comes out. The general rule with the romance comics is anonymity, and here editor Jack Miller makes Aparo even more anonymous by assigning him an overwhelming inker, Bill Draut, on the story "Thrill-Chick." (There are none of the nonconventional, angled panel borders Aparo uses on Aquaman, either.)

Girls' Love Stories 142

I started looking over the late-60s/early-70s DC romance comics in search of possible Richard Hughes scripts, but haven't run across any so far. I can see stories by Robert Kanigher, Jack Miller, and Jack Oleck, but the other writers like Barbara Friedlander, Lee Goldsmith, and Phyllis Reed (as given in the Who's Who) I haven't been able to credit with stories at this point. I'm sure there are writers not yet connected with these books. In other words, I can't ID the writer of "Thrill-Chick."

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Woolfolk Records 1953/01

Adventure 191--The Two Clark Kents

A William Woolfolk story bought by Fawcett is followed here by ones for DC and Orbit. That story isn't published by Fawcett; This Magazine Is Haunted 16 is Charlton's second issue after buying the rights to the title and inventory.

And Woolfolk returns to Archie Publications after writing Black Hood and so forth in the early-to-mid Forties; but with a try at the company's by-now flagship character he scores another rare rejection and moves on.

January 1953 Comic Book Scripts by William Woolfolk

5 pg  The Evil Ministers political leaders who are really demons
"The Evil Ministers" This Magazine Is Haunted 16, Mar/54
Operation Tall Tales a tall tale teller who does heroic deeds and can't prove it
8  "Operation: Tall Tales" All-American Men of War 6, Aug-Sept/53
12  Superman the new Krypton
"The Return of Planet Krypton" Action 182, July/53
Archie the burglar alarm [reject]
The Girl That I Marry bachelor tells why he couldn't marry
"The Girl That I Marry" Love Diary 35, June/53
Flying Blind a blind pilot has to take in a jet fighter
"Flying Blind" Our Army at War 12, July/53
12  Superman the perfect plot to kill Superman
"The Perfect Plot to Kill Superman" Action 183, Aug/53
Prescription for Happiness girl learns she doesn't love soldier
[untitled PFH] L Diary 35, June/53
12  Superboy Clark Kent's double lives in his home
"The Two Clark Kents" Adventure 191, Aug/53
Fighting Man doctor who wants to see real combat
"Soldier without Armor" OAAW 14, Sept/53

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Lighter Side of Ponytail

Dell editor D.J. Arneson recalls Lee Holley producing the entirety of the comic book spinoff of his syndicated daily panel/Sunday strip Ponytail, editorial input unneeded at Dell's end, and that's true as of issue 4 (and in fact through the title's run, including at Charlton later). Holley did supply all the covers from the very beginning, and there were some panel reprints.

I'll stick with "produce" rather than just "write and draw", because according to the Bails and Ware Who's Who, Frank Hill assisted Holly on the strip and on the comic book, so the later work was not necessarily Holley solo.

Ponytail 1 'Bar-B-Cute'

The Who's Who credits Dave Berg and Bob Gustafson with the feature in the first years at Dell. Berg does a pretty good job of ghosting Holley's art style, but he doesn't try to replicate it exactly. Secondary characters are the best place to find something closer to a ghost artist's own style; see Donald's parents in panel 4 above.

Ponytail 3 'Phone-y'

The Who's Who credit for Bob Gustafson is for writing, unconfirmed, but his art should be evident. Some Mort Walker-style touches give him away, as in Dell's Gulliver's Travels; he tries even less to mimic Holley on the Cassie back-ups, as above. He may well have written these two issues; it looks like a single writer did all the stories. The Grand Comics Database has given Frank Hill the credit for issue 2's stories, but per Bails and Ware this would be before his time on the strip.

Ponytail
1-3


Jul-Sep/62 Half Baked * w, a: Dave Berg
Brace Yourself w, a: Berg
Swell Smell w, a: Berg
Bar-B-Cute w, a: Berg
Bubble Trouble w, a: Berg
Dress Right Dress w, a: Berg
Rain in the Face * w, a: Berg
Apr-Jun/63 Wedding Belles * w: ?  a: Bob Gustafson
What the Doctor Ordered w: ?  a: Gustafson
Danger--Woman Driver [CASSIE] w: ?  a: Gustafson
Dress Mess w: ?  a: Gustafson
Gift of Gab w: ?  a: Gustafson
The Merry Chase w: ?  a: Gustafson
Best Test * w: ?  a: Gustafson
Jul-Sep/    Low Down Trick * w: ?  a: Gustafson
Palsy Walsy w: ?  a: Gustafson
Tele-wise w: ?  a: Gustafson
Beautiful But Not Dumb w: ?  a: Gustafson
Secret Admirer w: ?  a: Gustafson
Phone-y [CASSIE] w: ?  a: Gustafson
Poodle Doodle * w: ?  a: Gustafson
(* single page)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Woolfolk Records 1952/12

Another month, like last, of only five stories entered in the records book; for the only time, a single publisher: DC.

The authorship of William Woolfolk's war stories is already known, from Julius Schwartz's pay records for the books he and Robert Kanigher each edited.

Detective 196--City without Guns

December 1952 Comic Book Scripts by William Woolfolk

12 pg  Batman city without guns
"City without Guns" Detective 196, Aug/53
10  Superboy Superboy's manager
"Superboy Hired a Manager" Superboy 26, June-July/53
The Milk Run "Pappy" of an air squadron in World War II
"Ghost Ace" Our Army at War 13, Aug/53
10  Superman Clark Kent goes to prison
"Clark Kent—Convict" Superman 83, July-Aug/53
Drummer Boy boy drummer at Waterloo
"Drummer of Waterloo" OAAW 14, Sept/53

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

While We Wait for Doctor Strange: Marie Severin Art

The Atlas Tales website lists a good handful of text page illustrations in the late Fifties at Timely/Atlas/Marvel attributed to Marie Severin (over twenty, but at least a few of the later ones are reprints; more, if titles were changed).

Many Atlas text pieces reused art from comics stories, but a few were original; Joe Maneely initialed some of his with an "M". Atlas Tales cites Marie Severin's first known text piece there as signed (Astonishing 54, Oct/56), but I can’t see any initials or signature on it. The site attributes only the pencils on her spot illos, but I think it's a safe bet to say that she inked herself. As an example:

Cartoon Kids 1 text page illos

These two Severin pieces of spot art, like a tree falling in the forest without being posted on YouTube, haven't yet been cited on the Internet that I can find. They're from Cartoon Kids 1, no month, 1957. Joe Maneely did the rest of the issue; he's been the best guess so far as the artist on the text piece.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Woolfolk Records 1952/11

Superman 82

Stories for Orbit and DC; and William Woolfolk's final story of three for Standard.

There seems to be almost no production time for the Unsolved Crimes, but there it is. Only one of the two pages had to be drawn and lettered, at least—the second was text that merely had to be typeset. Wanted was cancelled before #54, for which "Date with Danger" (noted as an Orbit buy) must have been intended.

November 1952 Comic Book Scripts by William Woolfolk

2 pg  Unsolved Crimes murder of a spinster
"Murder for Aunt Martha" Wanted 52, Feb/53
12  Superman the super telethon
"The Super Telethon" Action 180, May/53
10  Superman Lois Lane becomes a WAC
"Lois Lane Joins the WACS" Superman 82, May-June/53
Date with Danger mystery of a vanishing corpse
[unpublished]
The Evil Cornucopia a cornucopia owned by a demon
"The Evil Cornucopia" Advs into Darkness 10, June/53