Monday, February 23, 2009

Marvel Comics Cutaway

Eliot Brown was kind enough to put names with these faces. A couple of them aren't identified yet. If anybody knows who they are please let me know!
1.Klaus Jansen, freelance artist
2.Darlene Cole, receptionist.
3. Walt Simonson freelance artist/creator
4.George Roussos, on-staff colorist from the mists of time
5.Ron Fontes, Art Director (Sol’s Licensing Dept.)
6.Sol Brodsky, Overlord, Licensing Department also from the swirling mists of time
7.Terry Austin, freelance inker
8.Martha Conway, Sol’s secretary (formerly Stan’s)
9.John Romita, Sr. (don’t know what he’s done)
10.Marie Severin, Staff Artist and major talent
11.Archie Goodwin, Editor Epic Magazine. Freelance writer/creator. Former Editor In Chief, Marvel
12.Jo Duffy, Associate Editor, Epic Magazine/writer
13.Morrie Kuramoto, The Ancient One--Very Senior Staff Paste-Up Worker
14.Deb Pedlar, freelance paste-up artist and cute as a bug’s ear
15.Ron Wilson, freelance penciler/creator
16.Bob (“Why Not Cash”) Wiacek, freelance artist/creator
17.Ron Feduniewitz (not sure about the spelling), hard working production artist for sol Brodsky's dept.
18.Gary Halgren, freelance artist/creator
19.Robbie Carosella, Stat Camera operator
20.Harry Candelario, Stat Camera operator, junior grade. Someday freelance inker
21.Stu Schwartzberg, Senior Stat Camera operator, grimly funny man from the mists of time
22.Denys Cowan, freelance artist
23.Nancy Dodaro, typesetter operator
24.Vinnie Colletta, freelance inker
25.Dave Simons, freelance artist
26.John Tartaglione, Staff Correction Artist (inker of Master of Kung Fu)
27.Rick Parker, Staff Lettering Correction Artist (someday freelance creator/artist)
28.Jack “Squid” Morelli, Staff Lettering Correction Artist (someday creator/writer)
29.Jack Abel, Two-Fisted Proofreader, freelance artist from the swirling mists of time
30.Kenny Lopez, Staff Lettering Correction Artist
31.The One, The Only—Chris Claremont, freelance writer/creator
32.Jim Starlin, freelance creator/artist
33.Barry “The Shap” Shapiro, Staff Paste-Up Artist
34.Joe Albelo, Staff Bullpen Artist (includes all function)
35.Milt “Shiftless” Schiffman, Printer Liaison from the mists of time
36.John Romita, Jr., freelance artist/creator
37.Bob Layton, freelance artist
38.Ron Zalme, Cover Production Artist
39.Paul Becton, King-Size Staff Color Correction Artist
40.Virginia Romita, Traffic Director and all-round source of joy and wonder
41.John Byrne, freelance artist/creator
42.John Buscema, freelance artist (artist’s artist)
43.Unknown secretarial assistant
44.Ed Hannigan, freelance artist, cover concept specialist
45.Michael Z. Hobson, Group Vice-President, Publishing (even he didn’t know what that meant)
46.Michael Higgins, asst ed. Well-known letterer/artist
47.Bob Budiansky, Editor. Freelance artist/writer/creator
48.Al Milgrom, Editor. Freelance inker/creator
49.(Eliot Brown think it’s) Brent Anderson, freelance artist (Bob Camp thinks it’s) Carl Potts, freelance artist in 1983 (but Carl didn’t visit the office much before he came on-staff as an editor)
50.Anne Nocenti, asst. ed. Someday writer/creator and Editor.
51.Lynn Cohen, Executive Secretary (blindingly funny caricature)
52.James Shooter, Editor In Chief. Writer, Creator, Storyteller
53.Eliot R. Brown, asst. ed. Tech Artist specialist, someday writer/creator.
54. Tom DeFalco, The Man With No Face. Editor. Freelance writer/creator, someday Editor In Chief, Marvel
55.Mike Carlin, asst. ed. Freelance writer/too-infrequent artist, someday Editor In Chief of DC Comics
56.Mark Gruenwald, Editor. Freelance writer/creator.
57.Joe Rubinstein, freelance inker. Secretly, an extraordinarily good fine arts painter.
58.Danny Crespi, Bullpen Production Manager. Freelance lettering artist from the swirling mists of time
59.Denny O’Neill, Editor. Freelance writer/creator (“There Is No Crime In Crime Alley”)
60.Linda Florio, asst. ed. Freelance writer. Someday married to Steve Grant.
61.Ralph Macchio, Editor, Tennis Bum
62.Bob Harras, asst. ed. Tennis Bum, someday Editor In Chief, Marvel
63.Ernie Chan, freelance inker/artist
64.Bob Camp, hang-dog freelance artist/creator. Former Staff Correction Artist.
65.James Owsley (now Chris Priest; don’t ask), asst. ed. Freelance writer/creator
66.Unknown freelancer
67.Louise “Weezie” Jones, Editor, someday freelance writer/creator
68.Danny Fingeroth, asst. ed. Freelance writer/creator. “The moving Finger writes, and having writ, moves on…”
69.Larry Hama, Editor. Freelance writer/creator. Holding a .357 Magnum Smith & Wesson N-Frame Revolver with a 6” barrel, FBI-tuned action/trigger group. Silk matte blue finish.
70.Herb Trimpe, freelance artist/creator, about to start another strafing run with his Stearman bi-plane.

Marvel Comics Offices
387 Park Avenue South, Manhattan
1981—1993 (?)
Rendered by Bob Camp, 1983

This is a 2 page spread I did for Marvel Age back in 1983.
It features most of the people that worked there and a lot of artists wandering around too. I know I didn't get everybody but I couldn't take photos of everybody.
Use the numbers to identify your fave bullpen folks!


RP said...

Bob, this is great. That drawing of Vinnie is priceless. Having worked with these good folks, I can really appreciate HOW great this is. So much fun to look at and think about....but it's what you put in there that's beyond what a person sees... that makes it even greater.

Vincent Waller said...

Who can name'em all?!

Bob Camp said...

Thanks a lot Rick!

Hey Vincent,
Eliot Brown is working on a list. There are some we can't figger out.
Like 2,17,43,49 (Carl Potts?)66,33

Vincent Waller said...

Wasn't 33's name Barry?
Ill keep looking and see if the others pop out of my near useless gray matter.

chrisallison said...

WHOA!!!! What a drawing! Thanks for sharing, Bob! I stared at it for like 10 minutes.

Bob Camp said...

Yeah Vincent you're right. leave it to Eliot Brown. who needs a computer when you got a brain like that!

Hi Chris. Thanks,
I'm staring at for a couple of days now and i can't believe I drew all those tiny heads!

Anonymous said...

Hey, Bob, aside from being hurt because I was left out of this picture, I think it's a masterpiece! Number 2 I believe is Darlene Cole, who if I'm remembering correctly, sadly died very young due to a heart defect. No. 15 is Ron Wilson as noted, but he's a penciler, not an inker -- although I'm sure he can do that too. Number 17 was a hard-working guy called Ken Feduniewitz (I'm sure that's not the correct spelling!), who did tons of production work for Sol Brodsky's department, including work on the syndicated Spider-Man newspaper strip.

Maybe you can add a pic of Jim Solidcrap by the Men's room?

Weirdo said...

Awesome work. Nice Mort Drucker feeling to it.

Bob Camp said...

Thanks Jim! I'll add the names.

I remember her but couldn't remember her name. I'm sorry to hear about her passing.

I'm sorry you aren't in there but I did the best I could with my little camera on the day I took all these pictures and you weren't there.

If you send me a picture of you from back in the day I will do a caricature of you and post it.
I'll even spell your name right:)

Hi Weirdo thanks. That's a compliment for sure. At the time I was doing the movie parodies for Crazy magazine so that might explain the style.

RonF said...

Sol Brodsky was in charge of Special Projects, not licensing.

Johnny Romita was Art Director (the ONLY A.D. in the company)
Ron Fontes was Production Supervisor for Special Projects. I worked on the Spider-Man strip.
Ken Feduniwicz was my underling and a lazy s.o.b.
I ran into your sister at the Hallowell Library in Maine. Letterer Deb Klein also lives in Hallowell. If you're ever up here, give me a buzz.

Ron Fontes

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Bob for doing this page. I'll bet they just paid you your standard page rate. The reports of Darlene Cole's demise are premature at best. The receptionist who died unexpectedly was named Ericka not Darlene. Also the late John Tartaglione did ink Master of Kung Fu but is fondly remembered as the artist of the Mother Teresa Comic and The Pope John Paul II comic, two of the best selling comic books of all time. I vote for Joe Jusko as number 66 although it could be "John in The Mailroom" who proposed marriage to all female employees whether they were married or not...

Carl Potts said...

Hi Bob,

Thanks for posting this. Brings back lots of great memories!

#49 is indeed me. In early Feb. ‘’83 I came on staff to replace Al Milgrom who had decided to go freelance. Ann Nocenti became my Assistant Editor. I kept the flat files for Al’s freelance editorial projects (mostly Marvel Fanfare) in my office.

Again, this is a blast to see again – thanks!