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ALTER EGO #103 (84 pages with color, $7.95) focuses on the early career of ace comics writer STEVE ENGLEHART at Marvel, Warren, et al. We cover it all: The Defenders—Captain America—Master of Kung Fu—The Beast—Mantis—with rare art & artifacts by SAL BUSCEMA, JIM STARLIN, TOM SUTTON, DON HECK, BOB BROWN, and others. Plus, we present JIM AMASH’s interview with early artist GEORGE MANDEL (Captain Midnight, The Woman in Red, Blue Bolt, Black Marvel, etc.)—FCA (Fawcett Collectors of America) with MARC SWAYZE and C.C. BECK—and MICHAEL T. GILBERT in Mr. Monster’s Comic Crypt! Edited by ROY THOMAS.

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  • Alter EgoTM is published 8 times a year by TwoMorrows, 10407 Bedfordtown Drive, Raleigh, NC 27614, USA. Phone: (919) 449-0344. Roy Thomas, Editor. John Morrow, Publisher. Alter Ego Editorial Offices: 32 Bluebird Trail, St. Matthews, SC 29135, USA. Fax: (803) 826-6501; e-mail: Send subscription funds to TwoMorrows, NOT to the editorial offices. Eight-issue subscriptions: $60 US, $85 Canada, $107 elsewhere. All characters are their respective companies. All material their creators unless otherwise noted. All editorial matter Roy Thomas. Alter Ego is a TM of Roy & Dann Thomas. FCA is a TM of P.C. Hamerlinck. Printed in Canada. ISSN: 1932-6890


    This issue is dedicated to the memory ofJoanne Siegel, Louise Altson,Joe Vucenic, & Ed Lahmann

    ContentsWriter/Editorial: A Long Days Journey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2I Think [Having Been An Artist] Gave Me An Edge

    In Writing Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3Writer Steve Englehart talks to Richard Arndt about his career through the mid-70s.

    I Come From A Very Primitive Background . . . . . . . . . . . . 29Early comics artist (and Beat novelist) George Mandel interviewed by Jim Amash.

    Jim Miele A Gentle Giant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48An artists life among castles, ogres, and fair princessesby Golden Age editor Herb Rogoff.

    Mr. Monsters Comic Crypt! The Mystery Of The Missing Letterer! Part 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53Michael T. Gilbert presents Spirit letterer Abe Kanegson in his own words.

    Comic Fandom Archive: Last Salute To A Pair Of Prominent Early Fans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59Bill Schelly presents tributes to Joe Vucenic and Ed Lahmann.

    Tributes To Louise Altson & Joanne Siegel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63Everyone Deserves A Golden Age . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65The inspiring story of The Hero Initiative (ne ACTOR).

    re: [correspondence, comments, & corrections] . . . . . . . . . 68FCA [Fawcett Collectors Of America] #162 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73P.C. Hamerlinck hosts Marc Swayze and the thunder gods of Fawcett Publications.

    On Our Cover: Thanks to Christopher Day, our layout wizard, for assembling this montage ofMarvel heroes who were scripted by Steve Englehart in the early 70s so skillfully that its hard to tell they came from a half dozen or more different comics. And thanks to John Morrow for providingthe photo of Steve, which may be of a slightly later vintage than the art. No matter. Steve, like thefour-color super-stars, is timeless, right? The figures were penciled, at various times and places, byGil Kane, Sal Buscema, Jim Starlin, and Frank Brunner, and were inked by myriad hands.[Art of Beast, Mantis, Falcon, Captain America, Shang-Chi, Valkyrie, Hulk, Silver Surfer, & Dr. Strange2011 Marvel Characters, Inc.]

    Above: The Woman in Red, as noted in the interview with her premier artist, George Mandel, is probably the first masked female in comic books, preceding a certain Amazon by a good year and a half! Of course, the Better/Nedor heroine had no super-powers, let alone a magic lasso or invisibleplane, and it mustve been hot in that robebut being first has to count for something. Mandel says that Black Terror/Fighting Yank-creating writer Richard Hughes originated the character; but the issue of Thrilling Comics from which this panel is taken is, alas, unknown. Thanks to JimLudwig. [2011 the respective copyright holders.]

    Vol. 3, No. 103 / July 2011EditorRoy Thomas

    Associate EditorsBill SchellyJim Amash

    Design & LayoutChristopher Day

    Consulting EditorJohn Morrow

    FCA EditorP.C. Hamerlinck

    Comic Crypt EditorMichael T. Gilbert

    Editorial Honor RollJerry G. Bails (founder)Ronn Foss, Biljo WhiteMike Friedrich

    ProofreaderRob Smentek

    Cover ArtistsGil Kane, Sal Buscema,Jim Starlin, & Frank Brunner(plus inkers)

    Cover ColoristTom Ziuko

    With Special Thanks to:Rob AllenHeidi AmashSal AmendolaRichard ArndtMark ArnoldDavid BachmanRodrigo BaezaBob BaileyRobert R. BarrettJohn BensonJerry K. BoydChris BoykoFrank BrunnerKen BruzenakEd BuchanNick CaputoJeff ClemMickey CoalwellJon B. CookeChet CoxMichal DewallySteve EnglehartShane FoleyJanet GilbertGoldengraphics.netGrand ComicsDatabase

    David HajduJennifer HamerlinckJohn Haufe, Jr.William HenleyDavid J. HoganBrandon HuigensSid JacobsonEric Jansen

    Todd KleinDavid Anthony KraftAlan KupperbergMarv LevyMark LuebkerJim LudwigPat MasonJim McLauchlinBrian K. MorrisFrank MotlerCharles NovinskieKevin NowlanTom OrzechowskiBarry PearlGeorge PrezRita PerlmanJohn G. PierceGene ReedCharlie RobertsHerb RogoffDon RosickEric SchumacherKen SeligSteven SmithRobin SnyderDesha SwayzeMarc SwayzeDann ThomasJim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.Michael VanceDr. Michael J. VassalloLynn WalkerHames WareEddy Zeno


  • ere proud as a puffed-up peacock, this time around, topresent the first part of a two-tiered interview with late-Silver Age/Bronze-and-beyond scripter Steve Englehart,

    conducted by Richard Arndt. (The second installment will appear in oursister mag Back Issue #51, dated September.)

    The Golden Age, too, is, well represented hereinbyJim Amashs conversation with early-40s artist GeorgeMandel, who after World War II became first a comicbook writer, then the author of a number of well-received novels as well as by 1950s Ziff-Davis editorHerb Rogoff s piece on writer/artist/editor Jim MieleMichael T. Gilbert and Mr. Monster scaring up the Spiritof vintage letterer Abe Kanegson for a third time andtributes to Joanne Siegel and Louise Altson.

    But what I want to talk about just this minute, rightup here at the front of the magazine, is a guy namedChris Day.

    Christopher Day (to use his full appellation, as we doon our contents page) has been in charge of design &layout on Alter Ego since issue #8 way back in thespring of 2001.

    He came aboard a decade ago to put the magazine together from thetext files and art scans and photocopies that I sent him on a tricky issuein which he had to squeeze an obscene number of Wally Wood drawingsinto far too little space. He managed it, and hes been working wonders onA/E ever since, even as he occasionally changed residences from Chicagoto Rhode Island and back to Chicago without ever missing a beat, or a


    I know that I, for one, have come to take him too much for grantedcause thats what tends to happen when somebody is so good at what hedoes, makes it look so easy to come through like a champ time after time.We sang his praises briefly back in A/E #50, but he deserves more. As

    Arthur Miller wrote, Attention must be paid. Even ifonly for