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28 November 2009 @ 09:13 pm
Guess the Mystery Artist!  
Long before Paul Levitz became first a comic-book editor and then the president of DC Comics, he was both the editor and publisher of a monthly fanzine titled The Comic Reader. Below is the cover to issue #98, dated June 1973, with an image that highlighted "the crowded and confused Marvel universe."

In addition to containing news of upcoming comics, that issue also reported on the death of Syd Shores on June 3rd, the upcoming move of DC Comics (still being referred to as National) to 75 Rockefeller Plaza on July 27th, and the fact that Phil Seuling's legal troubles for allegedly selling underground comic books to a minor was still unresolved.

But back to that cover. Click through several times so you can take a good look.



Now that you've studied the image, can you tell me which future comic-book writer and editor, not at all known for being an artist, provided the illustration?

I've erased the signature so as not to spoil it for you.

The only thing further I'll say is that it wasn't Paul, and it wasn't me.

Any guesses?
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(Anonymous) on November 30th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
Mark Gruenwald?
scottedelman: Jack Davisscottedelman on November 30th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
Nope!
(Anonymous) on November 30th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
Larry Hama?
scottedelman: Jack Davisscottedelman on November 30th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
Nah.
(Anonymous) on November 30th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
Steve Englehart?
scottedelman: Jack Davisscottedelman on November 30th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
Nyet!
(Anonymous) on November 30th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
Jim Shooter
scottedelman: Jack Davisscottedelman on November 30th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
Nein!
(Anonymous) on November 30th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
Steve Gerber?
-Nate
scottedelman: Jack Davisscottedelman on November 30th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
Sorry.
(Anonymous) on November 30th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
Guess the Mystery Artist!
Marv Wolfman?
scottedelman: Jack Davisscottedelman on November 30th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Guess the Mystery Artist!
No.
blackadelicpop.blogspot.com on November 30th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
Archie Goodwin
(Anonymous) on November 30th, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
Terry Kavanaugh?
scottedelman: Jack Davisscottedelman on November 30th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Nope!
scottedelman: Jack Davisscottedelman on November 30th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Nah.
(Anonymous) on December 1st, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
Roy Thomas?
scottedelman: Jack Davisscottedelman on December 1st, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
Sorry!
(Anonymous) on November 30th, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
Mike W. Barr
scottedelman: Jack Davisscottedelman on December 1st, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
Not so!
(Anonymous) on December 1st, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
Jim Salicrup?
scottedelmanscottedelman on December 1st, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner.

Amazingly, the issue credits the cover to Jim “Salacrup.”
(Anonymous) on December 1st, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
Wow, this is funny! It's me, Adam Philips, the Jim Salicrup guesser - Jim was my boss at my first job back in the 1980s, and we're still pals.
scottedelman: Marvel Comicsscottedelman on December 1st, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
I wonder if Jim would have recognized his own cover!
(Anonymous) on December 1st, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
You know, it actually looks like Dave Manak to me, though I don't associate him with 1970s Marvel at all.
scottedelman: Jack Davisscottedelman on December 1st, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
It's not Manak, but as soon as you mentioned it, I can now see how it might be.
jim_salicrupjim_salicrup on December 1st, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
"The Mystery Artist"
Yep, I drew that! I was very inspired by Marvel's Marie Severin, especially a NOT BRAND ECHH cover she had drawn. Marie's the greatest, and my effort couldn't hold a candle to her work, which is why I stick to writing and editing. Of course, I was only 16 years-old back then, but truth be told, I don't draw that much better these days!
scottedelman: Jack Davisscottedelman on December 2nd, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
Re: "The Mystery Artist"
For those who are want to see the Marie Severin cover Jim is talking about, check it out here:

http://www.comics.org/issue/22253/cover/4/?style=default
(Anonymous) on December 2nd, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
Re: "The Mystery Artist"
A classic!
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