Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Case Of The Multiple Meskins

Sunday Meskin Measures.

By now the collabortion between Meskin and Robinson was in full steam. There were new stories in Black Terror and The Fighting Yank. This will go on for a couple more weeks, until we have reached the cut-off point of August 1949, after which no more new Mort Meskin stories would appear until 1950 - because he had a nervous breakdown. I decided showing these stories here in some sort of chronological order, because it would help me understanding the build-up to that nerve=ous breakdown, but now I seem to have lost the plot. As the story goed, Meskin had his breakdown at the DC offices after finishing a Johnny Quick story. Still, the last new Johnny Quick already appeared in the october 1948 issue of Adventure. That would make Standard be more than a year later in publishing their new material than DC. Unless they were rpinting them in China and having them send back by a slow boat, I don't understans. I thought DC always was the one who worked ahead so well organized. Instead, Charles Sultan draws the feature from !34 onwards - without a traces of Meskin working on it, so he really must have finished the work before his breakdown because the on the left on the table was fully (and superbly) his.You can see it in a much earlier post by my if you follow the Johnny Quick link. Or could it be that the last Meskin story for DC was the one he did for Gang Busters in October/November 1949? And while I am at it, why did the first new stories he did already appear in late 1949? The more I look at it, the less clear it gets.


Steven Brower said...


There is no gap. After Gangbusters (DC) Oct-Nov 1949 there's Real Life Comics (Standard) in January 1950, Real West Romances (Prize) in Feb 1950 and Headline (Prize) in March 1950. Seems like steady work to me, even considering the companies various publishing schedules.


Steven Brower said...

I missed two:

Real West Romances (Prize) and Young Romance (Prize) both in Dec. 1949 That's work in every month between late 1949 and early 1950.

Ger Apeldoorn said...

Yeah, that's what I saw from your excellent list as well. From the stories about Meskin's hopitalization I had gotten the idea there must have least been one time he didn't draw, but I just couldn't place it. I have been set tight by you and Harry (two great gentlemen with lots of knowledge about these things) that the nervous breakdown was were it is said to have been - at the end of his work on Johnny Quick for DC, published in late 1948.