By Bill Schelly
Within the Nineteen Fifties and '60s, a grassroots circulate arose to rejoice comedian books and strips, that have been changing into more and more very important to American pop culture. This extensive team of ardent readers and creditors had little formal constitution until eventually the Nineteen Fifties. because the artwork and literary shape grew in acceptance, a devoted middle all started development an equipped community. Profiled listed here are ninety humans on the center of the move: indexers, buyers, fanzine publishers, conference organizers, writers, artists, energetic creditors and execs.
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B. Love’s The Rocket’s Blast, beginning a writer-publisher relationship that put the collector’s efforts before a readership that constituted just about every active fan in those days. Raymond Miller contributed countless articles and pin-ups on the Golden Age heroes to RBCC as well as Gordon Love’s other fanzines. Miller’s artwork was essentially traced from the vintage comics themselves, but this was necessary because the earliest fanzines couldn’t reproduce images from the actual comics. Miller authored the ﬁrst Rocket’s Blast Special on Timely Comics, issues of The Illustrated Comic Collector’s Handbook, and The Golden Age.
As editor/publisher of Star-Studded Comics (along with Buddy Saunders and Larry Herndon), Keltner created the popular amateur hero Doctor Weird. He contributed heavily to all of Jerry Bails’ fanzines and his articles on the history of comic books were widely published, in Alter-Ego, RBCC and elsewhere. Starting in 1953, John Howard Keltner of Gainesville, Texas, began indexing the comics in his own collection. When he discovered other comics fans who were doing the same thing, notably Jerry Bails and Raymond Miller in the early 1960s, Howard began pooling information with them, in an effort to create an index on the contents of every Golden Age comic book.
As the younger sibling, Tom was perhaps less known to fandom than John. It seemed that John took the lead, typical of an older brother, but “The House of Info” was a roughly equal accomplishment by them both. Certainly their interests ran parallel, with both being ERB fans and thoroughly enthusiastic about the ﬁeld of a comic art and fantasy literature. Tom’s major publishing efforts appeared in comics apa Capa-alpha (K-a) of which he was a founding member in 1964 along with his brother John, Dan Alderson, Jerry Bails, David Castronuovo, Paul Gambaccini, Margaret Gemignani, Glenn Goggin, Pete Jack- Tom McGeehan 32 Section I: Indexers son, Bob Jennings, Dave Kaler, Howard Keltner, John Koch, Al Kuhfeld, Richard Kyle, Dick Memorich, Marc Nadel, Pete Phillips, Bill Placzek and Duncan Robertson.
Founders of Comic Fandom: Profiles of 90 Publishers, Dealers, Collectors, Writers, Artists and Other Luminaries of the 1950s and 1960s by Bill Schelly