From Script To Page: New Heroic Comics #84
|Cover artist: Harvey Fuller|
Today's entry in the From Script To Page series is something that not many people have seen before, and certainly a rare script indeed. I've dug deep into my collection and dragged out a script from the Golden Age of comics, in particular, New Heroic Comics #84 (Famous Funnies Publications, June 1953).
New Heroic Comics was one of those true life comics. The editors had a media service who'd send them unusual stories involving heroism by very ordinary people in society. When the stories would come in, they'd cherry pick the ones that they felt would be of interest to their readers, track down the people involved, send them a standard release and, once everyone had signed, assign the script to a staff writer who'd duly write it up using the original newspaper/magazine article as the basis.
From there it went to a staff artist, such as Sam Glanzman, John Belfi, Bob Brown, Joe Certa, Bill Everett, Sid Greene, Shelly Moldoff, Ed Moore, Pete Morosi, Alex Toth, Eddie Robbins, Al Williamson and a host of others who'd draw it. Unfortunately not every artist signed their work, as was the way of the period, so it generally falls to others who know far more about the artists of the era to spot who drew what - I'm hoping that can be done in this case.
Years ago I was lucky enough to purchase approximately 22 pages from various issues of New Heroic Comics. Big, twice up pages, all unsigned, and the seller, after I finalized the deal, said they'd throw in some extras. Imagine my delight when I opened the package and found original scripts to the stories, along with photos, letters both to and from Famous Funnies and newspaper clippings about the stories. This is a small part of that trove.
The script shows what those Golden Age artists had to work with. Imagine getting a script like this and being told you have less than a week to pump out the three pages, fully penciled, inked and lettered, with no direction and no contact with the writer. Unlike today's overly detailed scripts, in which every single piece of action is described, these scripts often gave a few words to describe the action and then the dialogue. The rest was up to the artists imagination.
So, artists, tell me, would you prefer to work with a script like this, or one that is heavy with detail?
A small note, I can't find the last page of the script, I can only assume it doesn't exist. If it does, then I don't have it, but I've included the last page of the story so you can see how it all ends. I hope that doesn't take anything away from the story itself.
Until next time, enjoy!