To begin, I've put up an interview I did with
Longview, TX Post Office Dedication Day April 5, 1940
Outdoor sketching assignment - Kilgore Jr. College 1938
MV: How long was the art program?
MV: Up to this point how old were you?
MS: This is me up to about 19 or 20 years old.
|First job at Parker Uniform Company (with Vic Green)|
MV: That brings us up to 1939-40. By this time
MS: Oh yes! In fact, I was following very closely whatever was being written about comic books and the artists who were involved with them. I was following the newspaper comic strips also and always had it in my mind that that was where I might try my luck one day.
MV: Do you remember when
|OUR ARMY (Mar/44)|
|"New York City at Last!" |
|NATURE WAS FIRST daily March, 1948|
We showed what “man” did and then switched it to show how nature did it first. You know, like how airplanes fly in a “V” formation. But geese did it first! We had a million of them! Believe it or not, we finally got syndicated with a very small syndicate, the George Matthew Adams Syndicate. You don’t ever really hear about them.
|Longview News Journal Feb 12, 1948|
|Celebrating landing a job at Timely|
|Christmas in New York while at Timely|
|First TV in NY - Bought with Timely Paycheck!|
MV: Did you come back a different day to start or did you start right then and there/
SPECTACULAR STORIES MAGAZINE
#4 (July/50) [Fox]
|FAMOUS GANGSTERS #1 (Apr/51) [Avon]|
|FAMOUS GANGSTERS #1 (Apr/51)|
MS: It actually was only a few weeks that I was gone from Timely. Stan told me to stay in touch and almost immediately I had a freelance story from him. So I really did all this work concurrently. I was learning to hustle and getting much more confident in my ability. I was doing the pencils and inks now while on the Timely staff, I only penciled.
MS: That may be the reason. I really don’t know. I never tried horror stories or maybe they saw I was best suited for crime stories. It’s hard to say.
MV: But there were so many horror titles with stories drawn by artists I would “never” associate with horror stories, artists like Chris Rule, George Klein, even John Tartaglione and Al Hartley,. You would have fit in just as well as they did and if I may say so, even better.
|SPORTS ACTION #6 (Mar/51) [Atlas]|
|WESTERN OUTLAWS and Sheriffs #73 (June/52) [Atlas]|
|KIT CARSON (nn) (1950) [Avon]|
MV: One of the things I’ve discovered since we last spoke was that the scriptor on many of your crime stories for Timely was a prolific writer named Carl Wessler. Do you have any recollections of Carl? He would have been freelancing scripts while you were freelancing art.
|NULLY FY press kit|
MV: And the year on this?
|NULLY FY daily|
|Charlie Weaver daily panel|
|SAM SAGE SAYS daily panel|
|The New Crayon Art Book|
MS: Oh yes. I showed you samples. I’ve done many crayon portraits over the years and I did one of Marty Ingels’ wife, the actress Shirley Jones. They had a summer musical that came through here and I did her portrait and carried it out to the show and went backstage.
|Shirley Jones in crayon|
Marty and Shirley loved it but I wanted to add additional backgrounds and they offered to fly me out to Los Angeles when it was done. I took them up on it and they insisted on paying me $500 dollars for it. I have many pictures of the portrait and one time I was at home watching LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS and they did a segment on Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels. As they were panning the walls showing her photos and awards, what do you think was on the wall?? Right in the middle was my crayon portrait of her!
MV: Wow! You must have been shocked and proud.
MS: I certainly was. Over the years I’ve done many celebrity portraits…Barbara Streisand,
|Letter from Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels with photo of framed portrait in their home|
MS: It’s a great medium and if I can find a publisher for this book it would show people what can be done artistically with crayons. Such a book would be a natural for schools and children. I think it would sell very well to the right audience.
MV: I agree and I wish you luck with it. Now I want you to tell me your brush with Elvis history.
|The Texas rocking chair|
|Sitton Rocker Logo|
MV: I’d like to talk about the photos you sent me. One is of a group of artists. Where did that take place?
|At the Cartoonist and Illustrator's School - |
|Stan Lee letter to |
(January 19, 2004)
|Mobile Scout Ad Campaign (Marion on left!)|
|Dallas Television Station Ad Campaign #1|
|Dallas Television Station Ad Campaign #2|
|All Is Calm - With White-Tailed Deer|
|Christmas Morning - With Ring-Necked Pheasants|
|Native American - Painting|