Here’s the second portion of SECRETS BEHIND THE COMICS, editor Stan Lee’s self-published pamphlet which purported to give the inside story on how comic books were made.
Even in 1947–and this applied to virtually all of the publishing house of the period, not just Timely–the Editor was the Key Man.
This section does give us the opportunity to see what a comic book script looked like during the Golden Age, at least at postwar Timely.
These days, a format more akin to a screenplay is generally used, with copy of all sorts indented below the panel description copy rather than alongside of it.
Here, another vintage Timely workhorse is spotlighted, Kin Platt. He’s not very well remembered these days beyond the hardest of hardcover comics historians. His penciling style is very nice, though.
The same can be said of letterer Mario Acquaviva–few remember him these days.
Violet Barclay, on the other had, is a bit better known–in part because she was one of the relatively few female artists working in the field at that time.
More SECRETS BEHIND THE COMICS to come!