The Shadow of A Draut
Sunday Meskin Measures.
Here's another Meskin DC stoy from when he returned to DC in the mid fifties. If you like this sort of thing, I can recommend the new Showcase Presents Tales of the Unexpected book,which reprints in black and white the first twenty issues of their 'third' fantasy book (after House of Mystery and House of Secrets).
I don't know why they chose this one to start with, maybe because the material in House of Mystery is even four years older and there already is a Showcase Presents House of Mystery #1 which begins at the restart in the late sixties featuring amongst others the work of Bernie Wrightson. Anyway, I am glad, becuase it is a series I have not seen as much and it has a lot to go for it. Ten stories by Meskin, one cover, work by Johh Prentice (who then already doig Rip Kirby so how he managed I don't know), Ruben Moreira, Bernard Bailey, Leonard Starr and some guy named Jack Kirby. Sadly, Meskin doesn't make it to the back cover, where Bill Ely, Nick Cardu and Sheldon Moldoff are mentioned even though they don't produce more material then Meskin did.
Also not mentioned (and only featured with a couple of stories) is George Roussos. These early stories give me a good handle on the differences between Roussos and Meskin, who seem to look so much more alike ten years later. The credits are to be taken with a grain of salt. In the first isseue there are two stories credited to John Prentice, but it seems to me the second one is defenitively by Leonard Starr. Also, in the first Mort Mekin story Bill Draut is credited as the penciller, which seems possible. But if it is, the second Meskin story has the same look so it should have Draut added as well. All three of these credits seem to have been taken from the Grand Comic Book Datebase, which used to have a bad reputation for this sort of thing but who seem to have cleaned up there act considerably over the last five years. And most of thier DC credits are faultless because they were taken from the editors private records. A rare slipup, but unfortunate nonetheless.
I have added the two Meskin stories so you can see for yourself. Is the third stoy pencilled by Draut or is it just Mort Meskin doing more of a finish than normal?