Tuesday, August 2, 2011

How A Movie Serial Is Made - The Vigilante by Mort Meskin (1947)

Real Fact Comics #10 (Oct., 1947), DC Comics
Script: Jack Schiff; Mort Weisinger and Bernie Breslauer;
Pencils: Mort Meskin; Inks: George Roussos

Back in 1947, DC's Vigilante was popular enough to get his own 15 chapter serial starring Ralph Byrd from Columbia Pictures. Although his movie career did not take off, The Vigilante had a long run as a back up feature in Action Comics from 1941 to 1954. He was also a member of The Seven Soldiers of Victory and he still turns up periodically in the DC universe despite the seemingly annual reboots and reimaginings.

A beautiful cover by Mark Chiarello for The Vigilante's 1995-6,
4-issue mini-series.


Here's a great story from 1950 featuring the art of the under-appreciated Dan Barry. Barry did memorable stints on the Tarzan and Flash Gordon newspaper strips.

An earlier splash page by Bob Lubbers from Action Comics #130 (March, 1949).

Action Comics #149 (Oct., 1950). Vigilante © DC Comics.
Art by Dan Berry

The Vigilante even has his own action figure!