Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I Suspect the Drawing Was Not Random

I was looking through Action #42 (November 1941) and came across this announcement:

That third prize winner's name sure sounds familiar, and it's not as if it's a common one.  George Kashdan was a long-time editor at DC.  According to his bio at Wikipedia, he was born in 1928, so he would have been 13 at the time.  So maybe this was just an early example of a fan who went on to work in the biz?  Uh, no, I don't think so:

In 1947, after having written two comic-book scripts for DC Comics, he was hired as an editor at that Manhattan-based publishing company, where his brother, Bernard Kashdan, was a business executive who'd joined the company in 1940.
(Italics added for emphasis)
Of course nowadays it is common for such contests to exclude employees of the company involved and their families.

1 comment:

Smurfswacker said...

Not a bad haul for the second place winner. $150 bought a lot of comics back in 1941. How do you imagine the first prize winner enjoyed being bested by #2?