Original Art Stories: The Evolution of A Golden Age Story - Heroic Comics & Tony Tallarico!
Heroic Comics was published by Eastern Color Printing Co./Famous Funnies, and ran from 1940 through to 1955, lasting 97 issues in total. Initially titled Reg’lar Fellers Heroic Comics, the series would further be renamed, first to Heroic Comics to New Heroic Comics. The series was finally wound up over a battle with the Comics Code Authority, who objected to the strong war themes that the book began to carry towards the end of its run. I’ll be running some of those war stories in the coming weeks, so you’ll be able to make your own mind up. The main issue with the CCA was that the series contributed to juvenile delinquency in the form of excessive violence. Yeah, right. The premise of the series was a simple one – they featured real life heroes, as opposed to fictional superheroes. Great stuff and rarely seen these days, indeed it’s a premise that’s rarely been seen since the series was wound up.
There is an issue of the CFA-APA that details the contents of Heroic Comics, but then those articles are for the exclusive few, and not for the masses, something I have to say I do object to. Knowledge should be shared, profited from, absolutely, but at least shared. But that’s a story for another day. Back to the subject on hand.
This story began with a clipping sent to Famous Funnies Publications by its clipping service. I can tell you one of the clipping services that they used, although not the name. One clipping tha came with this lot originated from New York - no great surprise there - and it was a Press Clipping Bureau located at 165 Church Street, New York. This clipping appears to have come from The Esso Refiner, Vol 22, #17, 25th August, 1950.
From here the script was written. I have no idea who wrote it, but someone who knows about Famous Funnies should be able to identify it as it has the last name 'Peterson' on the top left hand corner. The script has minor changes and alterations and Tallarico followed it very closely.
If anyone can provide scans of the story as it was published, along with the details, then great. There's a few more of these stories to come, for all to enjoy.