Saturday, December 26, 2020

Happy 10th Anniversary to this Blog, Timely-Atlas-Comics!!!!


A happy 10th anniversary to this blog, Timely-Atlas-Comics, launched a decade ago on December 26, 2010, with my long interview with Timely's Marion Sitton!

10 years? Is that even possible? When I began this, I wanted a place to compile and discuss all the history and data pertaining to the long publishing career of Martin Goodman, focusing, naturally, on his Timely and Atlas line of comics books, and expanding into all his ancillary publishing lines and formats. About mid-way through the decade I made a decision to use the blog to really just write about "anything" I was interested in, so the topics veered to Peanuts in Comic Books, general comics history, the long history of the New York Daily News and Sunday Comics (and individual creators), science fiction, Jazz, historical events, keeping almost all of them tenuously connected to comics in some capacity. The end result are, as of this last post here, 65 posts and about 630,136 page views. Lengths of posts varied depending on how I felt at the time and how much time I actually had. They could be brief spasms of data to all-encompassing career retrospectives utilizing hundreds of scans! 

I don't want to make this a long post. It's just a celebration of a decade's worth of my own interests and obsessions. I'll outline below what I've covered and then, to make it easy for anyone interested, provide clickable links to all the posts, as blogger doesn't seem to provide a full listing on the right side, and the result is older posts have to be searched out, buried under month/year designations. 

Timely/Atlas Comics creators:

  • Marion Sitton
  • Bill Everett
  • Louise Altson
  • Gene Colan
  • Jerry Robinson
  • Joe Simon
  • Allen Bellman
  • Carmine Infantino
  • Stan Goldberg
  • Augie Scotto
  • Carl Burgos
  • Jack Kirby
  • Stan Lee
  • Joe Maneely
  • Vince Fago


  • Fredric Wertham
  • Flo Steinberg
  • Charles H. King
  • Art Tatum
  • Joseph Kugelmass
  • Jackie Gleason
  • Marilyn Monroe

New York Daily News and Sunday Comics History
  • Personal Overview
  • 1962-63 NYC Newspaper Strike
  • Closer Than We Think!
  • Davy Crockett (Jack Kirby)
  • 40th Anniversary of the 1978 NYC Newspaper Strike
  • 100th Anniversary of the New York Daily News
  • 100th Anniversary of Harold Teen by Carl Ed
  • 50th Anniversary of the 1969 MIracle Mets
  • 65th Anniversary of the 1955 Brooklyn Dodger World Series Victory
  • 100th Anniversary of Winnie Winkle by Martin Branner

And all the rest...

  • Peanuts in Comics
  • Atlas Erratta
  • Goodman Crime Digests
  • Goodman Painted Cover Detective Magazines
  • Best Love
  • Complete Mystery
  • Amazing Detective Cases
  • Pearl Harbor
  • D-Day
  • USA Comics
  • Venus
  • Girl Comics
  • Menace
  • Pulp Exhibition
  • History of Atlas War Comics
  • Secret History of Marvel Comics
  • Atlas At War

 The Posts (65)

  1. Marion Sitton - The Interview
  2. Marion Sitton - The Comic Strips and Panels
  3. Marion Sitton - The Timely Years
  4. Marion Sitton - Avon, Close-Up, Fawcett, Fox, Hillman & Quality
  5. Marion Sitton - The Atlas Years
  6. Marion Sitton - The World's Greatest Crayon Artist
  7. Marion Sitton - The Commissions
  8. Amazing Detective Cases
  9. Complete Mystery
  10. Frederic Wertham, Censorship, and the Timely Anti-Wertham Editorials (Part 1)
  11. Frederic Wertham, Censorship, and the Timely Anti-Wertham Editorials (Part 2)
  12. Bill Everett - The Timely Romance Stories
  13. Bill Everett - The Atlas Romance Stories
  14. Louise Altson (1910-2010)
  15. Gene Colan (1926-2011) - The Timely Years
  16. Surprise Announcement - The Secret History of Marvel Comics
  17. Best Western
  18. Jerry Robinson & Joe Simon
  19. USA Comics Vol 2 Golden-Age Masterworks
  20. Peanuts - A Comic Book History
  21. Allen Bellman - The Interview
  22. Pulp Art Exhibition at Syracuse University NYC Lubin House
  23. Jerry Robinson (1922-2011) - The Timely Years
  24. Marion Sitton (1920-2012)
  25. Carmine Infantino (1925-2013) - The Timely Years
  26. A History of Atlas War Comics (1950-1960)
  27. Art Tatum (1909-1956) - The World's Greatest Jazz Pianist
  28. Noel Sickles (1910-1982) - The Writer's Digest Illustrations
  29. Venus Vol 1 Atlas Era Masterworks, Issues #1-9
  30. Girl Comics #1-12 (Oct/49 - Jan/52)
  31. Menace #1-11 (Mar/53 - May/54)
  32. Martin Goodman - The Marilyn Monroe Covers, Articles and Photo Features
  33. Martin Goodman - The Crime Digest Paperbacks
  34. Stan Goldberg (1932-2014)
  35. "Adventures in Time and Space" - A Classic Science Fiction Anthology
  36. Martin Goodman - The True-Crime Detective Magazine Covers
  37. The First "Stag" and the Original Kugelmass Episode
  38. Tales From the New York Daily News Sunday Comics #1
  39. "We're Back!" - The 1962-1963 NYC Newspaper Strike and the Return of the Sunday Comics
  40. Best Love - A Pulp? A Comic? It's Both!
  41. Happy 100th Birthday to "The Great One," Jackie Gleason
  42. Augie Scotto (1926-2016)
  43. Happy 100th Birthday to Carl Burgos
  44. Allen Bellman - The Brooklyn Eagle (1938-1940)
  45. Atlas Errata - Cover Alterations and Unpublished Implosion Inventory
  46. "A Date Which Will Live in Infamy" - December 7, 1941
  47. "Fabulous" Flo Steinberg - (1939-2017)
  48. Happy 100th Birthday to Jack Kirby - The Timely Years
  49. Charles H. King (1934-2017)
  50. "We Wish You a Maneely Christmas and a Happy New Year!"
  51. Jack Kirby is Where You Find it! - Tales from the New York Sunday News Comics
  52. "Closer Than We Think!" by Arthur Radebaugh - Tales From the New York Sunday News Comics
  53. 40th Anniversary of the 1978 NYC Newspaper Strike and the Interim Strike Newspapers
  54. Stan Lee (1922-2018) - The Timely Years
  55. "We Wish You a Fago Christmas and a Happy New Year!"
  56. Happy 100th Anniversary to "Harold Teen" by Carl Ed
  57. 75th Anniversary of D-Day - 3 Atlas War Stories
  58. Happy 100th Anniversary to the New York Daily News
  59. Happy 50th Anniversary to the 1969 "Miracle Mets!"
  60. Allen Bellman (1924-2020)
  61. Allen Bellman - Timely Revisted, 2018 Interview
  62. "Atlas at War" - The Interviews
  63. This is Next Year! - The Brooklyn Dodgers Win the 1955 World Series
  64. Happy 100th Anniversary to "Winnie Winkle."
  65. Happy 10th Anniversary to this Blog, Timely-Atlas-Comics!!!!

And to all of the readers who have supported this blog, a big Thank You!

Saturday, October 24, 2020

OT : Tales from the New York Daily News Sunday Comics (#10) : Happy 100th Anniversary to WINNIE WINKLE by Martin Branner!


A happy 100th anniversary to the long-running classic News comic strip, Winnie Winkle, debuting as a daily strip on September 20, 1920 in the Chicago Tribune and the New York Daily News and ending a 75 year run on July 28, 1996, in that self-same New York Daily News.


From my pal, John Wells:

"One hundred years ago, cartoonist Martin Branner introduced 'Winnie Winkle the Breadwinner' in the pages of the Chicago Tribune and the New York Daily News. Developed from a concept of newspaper syndicate head Joseph Patterson, Winnie was a trailblazing early example of the working girl strip. While her less-than-ambitious father sat at home, Winnie supported the family for the likes of safety pin manufacturer Barnaby Bibbs and fashion king Edwin Bonnaz. Under Branner, the series was a comedy, albeit one that was interspersed with melodrama and tragedy. Winnie's husband, Bill Wright, was presumed dead four times during the feature's run, the first instance occurring as the blonde stenographer gave birth to twins. The strip transitioned to dramatic soap opera in the 1950's with a more dramatic art style by Branner assistants like Jack Berrill and Max Van Bibber. Following a series of strokes in the early 1960's, Branner effectively retired with Van Bibber and writer Henry Raduta as the new creative team. Van Bibber in turn, was succeeded by students of the Joe Kubert School and Frank Bolle in the early 1980's while Leonard Starr came aboard to ghost-write the feature in 1985. Now the head of a major fashion company, Winnie had come a long way since she was a stenographer for Mr. Bibbs. Unfortunately, her popularity was a shadow of its former self. Once flagship paper The Chicago Tribune dropped the strip on November 26, 1994, the writing was on the wall. Winnie Winkle ended its run on July 28, 1996 in the New York Sunday News and a relative handful of other papers."

I'm going to limit the history lesson to John's words above and post a long sample of Sunday pages, one per year, through the decades of this iconic feature as it ran in the New York Sunday News comics, depicting the changes through the 3/4 century. The Sunday page debuted on April 2, 1922. The topper Looie Blooie, which became just Looie, came and went over the decades in this paper, finally petering out by the early 1960's, by which time it was done in a black "silhouette" style for approximately the last 5 years. The mid 1930's, mostly 1935, also had "Fashion Cut-Out" and "Style Story" features for a short while. Two "Style Story" examples are below, both from 1935, not placed into the yearly survey I've assembled here.


And sadly, by the 1970's and beyond, editors would frequently truncate the Sunday page from 3 tiers to 2 tiers in order to fit 3 strips per page. A practice amounting to highway robbery, in my humble opinion. The practice varied from week to week depending on ads and space.

[*** Warning...Newspaper comic strips of certain earlier decades, specifically the 1910's, 1920's, 1930's, and 1940's, often depicted racial stereotypes in a manner completely unacceptable today. As they were common across all media of the time, pretending they didn't exist, or censoring them, would be an injustice to accurate history. Please keep this context in mind. ***] 

[*** Additional note... The Sunday pages of the early 1940's through the early 1950's primarily featured the character and family of Denny Dimwit, a pin-head shaped dunce whose fractured syntax and coarse misadventures were very popular (even spawning toy dolls). From today's perspective, the character stereotypes of an uneducated, poverty-stricken family comes across somewhat less amusing and a bit awkward than as humorously originally perceived in mid 20th century popular culture. ***]

A Winnie Winkle themed illustrated envelope for a 1944 letter from Martin Branner to his son Bernard during the war.....


The 1920's


April 2, 1922 (debut Sunday page)

April 1, 1923 (original art)

April 26, 1924

March 1, 1925 (original art)

October 3, 1926

October 16, 1927 

February 26, 1928 (original art)

April 28, 1929

The 1930's:

August 10, 1930

April 5, 1931

March 13, 1932

January 1, 1933 (original art)

October 29, 1933

March 11, 1934 

June 23, 1935 (with "Fashion Cut-out")

September 20, 1936 

April 4, 1937

March 27, 1938

July 23, 1939

The 1940's:

January 21, 1940

December 7, 1941

October 18, 1942

March 28, 1943

February 27, 1944

December 23, 1945

November 10, 1946

December 28, 1947

April 4, 1948

October 30, 1949

 The 1950's:

December 3, 1950

February 18, 1951

June 15, 1952

April 5, 1953

June 20, 1954 (last Denny Dimwit Sunday)

November 20, 1955

May 13, 1956

February 17, 1957

March 30, 1958

May 31, 1959

The 1960's:

October 2, 1960

December 17, 1961

October 7, 1962

November 3, 1963

March 22, 1964

January 24, 1965

December 25, 1966

November 12, 1967

September 29, 1968

November 2, 1969

The 1970's:

March 15, 1970

December 26, 1971

July 30, 1972

July 1, 1973

July 28, 1974

November 2, 1975

March 7, 1976

November 13, 1977

December 17, 1978

November 18, 1979

August 31, 1980

December 12, 1981

December 19, 1982

April 17, 1983

August 5, 1984

September 1, 1985

March 9, 1986

August 30, 1987

September 25, 1988

July 23, 1989

November 11, 1990

June 16, 1991

September 6, 1992

November 14, 1993

December 18, 1994 

July 9, 1995

July 28, 1996 (final Sunday page)


  1. All scans are from the author's personal collection of the New York Sunday News Comics except for 10 scans, including the debut Sunday, which came from the collection of my friend John Wells, whose help was much appreciated. Thanks also to John for guest writing the strip's history at the top of this page. 
  2. Original art scans courtesy of Heritage Auctions.
  3. Photo of Martin Branner and scan of illustrated envelope from my friend  Shaun Clancy, both used with his permission.