As promised, here’s the second entry from Russ Manning to appear in Family Comics, Joshua Trust. This western is a much better showcase for Manning’s graphic skills, but oddly enough, he chose this one to pen pseudonymously as Cash Orcutt.
To follow up on yesterday’s discussion, I contacted R.C. Harvey and he has this to say:
Zeke’s operation was Sponsored Comics, but that, it seems to me, was the name of the company he ran. The quasi-Sunday comics section he manufactured was called, simply, “Comics.” The issue I have at hand (dated October 4-6, 1985) has strips by David Gantz (“Don Q”), frank Johnson, Dick Hodgins, Cass Herbert (looks like Ponytail stuff to me), Mutts (ha) by Greg Gilger, Orlando Busino, Frank Hill, Gill Fox, and some others. But no Norman Maurer, not that he’d be a contributor to his own publication—but why not? Anyhow, it’s not called Family Comics.
So now we have another confirmation that Zekley was behind Sponsored Comics, but Harvey is talking about a section from 1985, not 1959. Does anyone know anything else about this much later Sponsored production?