While rummaging through the detritus of my Marvel Comics years in search of something other than what I’m about to share, I found evidence of a frequent Bullpen pastime—the caption contest.
Somebody would tape a photo to the wall, and everybody else would attempt to write something funny about it. That this was indeed something done frequently can be seen by the fact that whoever filched the photo from me numbered this particular contest 12,439,874,869,710.
So take a look below if you want a small taste of what it was like to work in the Marvel Comics Bullpen of the mid-’70s.
Some of the jokes will only be funny if you recognize the woman with whom I’m posed.
I won’t give it away so that those don’t immediately know who she is have a chance to guess based on the captions themselves, but here’s one hint—I met her at a Halloween party run by the National Cartoonist Society, to which I was invited by Bill Kresse.
As you should all have figured out by now, it’s Margaret Hamilton, the Wicked Witch of the West!
And I was very happy to have been her Munchkin that night.