Kirby remembered, “Victor Fox was a little, round guy who reminded me of Al Capone. He’d pace around the offices, smoking cigars and proclaiming that he was the King of the Comics! I didn’t mind, because I was working steadily.
“Fox was great. He was a great experience, and a genuine business personality. It was my second brush with real business as it’s conducted. I was meeting people who were involved in the business: artists. Joe Simon was already involved in the business and I learned whatever angles I could from him. I was able to deal on a more businesslike basis. Nobody gave you more than five dollars a page at the time, but that was acceptable. Five dollars was a lot of money in those days.
“We all met at Fox’s. I met Joe Simon. I met Al Harvey, who was a letterer. Fox trusted him with the keys because he’d been an Eagle Scout. Al Harvey opened the office every morning and we waited behind him. Joe was the editor, Al Harvey was the letterer. Fox would smoke big thick cigars. Big clouds of smoke. He called himself the King of the Comics. That’s where Al Harvey caught it, and began speaking like Fox. And to this day he sounds like Fox.”
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