Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Eerie Takes You Behind the Scenes of the Comics Industry’s Number One Fraud!

In the sockamagee blogazine Dial B for Blog (see the running link in the right-hand sidebar), a recent instalment shows how Bob “Batman” Kane was a free borrower of “stuff” originated by other creators – writers, artists, what-have-you.

This reminded me of a story I read way, way back in Eerie #13, cover-dated February 1968. Eerie magazine and its sister mag, Creepy, were magazine-sized bi-monthly publications from Warren Publishing Company.

The artists included such greats as Joe Orlando, Al Williamson, Reed Crandall, Angelo Torres, Gray Morrow, and Alex Toth.

Writers included Archie Goodwin, Don Glut, and Otto Binder.

Anyways, Mr. Random-Access-Memory (that’s ME!) remembered this little tale, entitled “Success Story,” wherein a sly “creator” gets a li’l ol’ come-uppance.

This story is written by Archie Goodwin and drawn by Joe Al Williamson. It was originally published in the February 1968 issue of Eerie magazine, and was copyrighted 1967 by Warren Publishing Company.

By the way, the title of today’s post is Eerie’s own title-page blurb of “The Success Story.” I leave it up to you to decide if -- in some way -- comics veterans Goodwin and Orlando were laying in an oblique reference to the dashing Bob Kane.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The truth is slipping out about BOB KANE! An amazing little story. I have no doubt it's about Kane, and Jim Warren must have realized that too. Hooray for him! As we all do our part to set the record straight, perhaps we can develop a groundswell that will one day cause DC to add Bill Finger's name to Batman as one of the character's co-creator. Thanks Mark, for bringing to light a gem of a story.

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