The Last of a True Hero
Sunday Meskin Measures.
And then, Mort Meskin's run on the Vigilante in Action comics ended. His work there was taken over by Joe Kubert, Bob Lubbers, Dan Barry and lesser talents. But that was not all. He would do four more stories with Jerry Robinson in Western Tales #1 to #4. They were not done after the last four Action Comics I showed before, but were all part of the 1947/1949 part of his career Meskin and Robinson joined up. It is all supposed to have ended in 1949, when Meskin hit a wall and had to be hospitalized for a nervous condition. In the publication list of his work there seems to be no gap, but the point is marked by the fact that his collaboration with Jerry Robinson ended. Why Robinson would not help Meskin get back on his feet, I don't know. Robinson left comics for a while, that may have been part of it. I will reread Steven Brower's excellent visuel biography of Meskin and try and cover this tumultuous period in Meskin's life over the coming year.
The official credits for this story read: Robinson on Pencils, Meskin on inks. I think this work represent Mort Meskin's best work in the business, with a possible exception for the early splash pages on the Vigilante. I agree with the credit assesment, although Jerry Robinson has stated several times that their working relationship was more complicated than that. I certainly see touches of Meskin's composition work here and there and he certainly had the freedom to do addition faces in his own manner.