Wednesday, August 5, 2009

House of Secrets #82

House of Secrets #82 (On Sale: August 5, 1969) has a cover by Neal Adams.

We begin with "Realler Than Real" drawn by Werner Roth and Vince Colletta. Most sources list this as Werner Roth's first work for DC since his first pencil job in Secret Hearts #42 in 1957, but Jerry Bails' Who's Who of American Comic Books contains a long list of Roth work for DC romance books covering most of the 60s. This includes long runs on Falling In Love, Girls' Romances, Secret Hearts, Young Love and Young Romance.

Roth spent most of his early career at Atlas/Marvel, beginning in 1951 when he started drawing the Apache Kid. Roth was so good at drawing women that Atlas publisher Martin Goodman had a comic created just for him: Lorna, the Jungle Girl. His last work at Atlas was in Strange Tales in 1958 and he didn't return till 1965 when now Marvel needed an artist to replace Jack Kirby on the Uncanny X-Men. At Marvel, Roth sometimes used the pseudonym Jay Gavin. He would remain the X-Men penciler till 1969, when he would return to DC starting with this story. However, in the later half of the 60s and the early 70s Roth also worked on a number of Marvel's other book, including The Avengers, Sub-Mariner, GunHawk, Kid Colt, The Rawhide Kid and Werewolf By Night.

Werner Roth also worked at Dell Comics and drew Mandrake the Magician for King Comics and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. for Western Publishing. He also worked for a time as an assistant on the On Stage newspaper strip.

In 1970 Roth became the penciler of Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane, a book he would work on til his death in 1973 at the age of 52.

Next is "The Little Old Winemaker" drawn by Jack Sparling. We end with "The One and Only, Fully Guaranteed Super-Permanent, 100%?" by Marv Wolfman, Dick Dillin and Neal Adams. This last story was reprinted in House of Mystery #224 and Showcase Presents: The House of Mystery Vol. 3 TPB, The entire book was reprinted in Showcase Presents: The House of Secrets Vol. 1 TPB.

Edited by Dick Giordano.


Steven said...

Roth did alot of work at DC in the 1960s - doing romance comics.

-Keller said...

Well Steve I have heard this before, but I can find no evidence of it. GCD says there is a gap in his work from 1958 to X-Men #13 in 1965. Comic Book DB says it is from 1958 to 1966 (X-Men 18) and Mike's Amazing World of DC Comics says his DC romance work has a gap between Secret Hearts #42 in 1957 and Girls' Love Stories #161 in 1971, so until I see issues and stories I can't report this as being true. Maybe you have better resources than I do.

Steven said...

somehow the post i wrote on this subject hasnt shown up. Aso this will be shoerter, try Girls Love stories 43, 45, 46, 53, 54,56, 57,58,63, 65, 69, 71, 72 (1956-1960) art credits by Mike Tiefenbacher . See also the Who's Who of American Comic Books for other series (but not numbers),. disclaimer: I was a senior editor for the last ten years or so of the project.

-Keller said...

Great information Steven; sounds like you do have better resources than I do. Do the other books cover the years of 1960 to 65, or was Roth out of the business during those years?

-Keller said...

Well Steven you got me searching and I found a long list of books by Roth from the 60s, mostly DC romance books. Thanks for pushing me onward. I will correct the entry to show these new books.

Steven said...

most comic book fans read superheroes, so those are well documented - while romance and humor are probably the weakest documented.
the credits I quoted were from small print run fanzines. Robin Snyder and Mike Tiefenbacher are the experts on the DC romance books credits.
(and I forget how much time has flown by - i was senior editor on Jerry Bails' who's who for 20 years).