Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Today in Comics History, January 12: Happy Birthday, Harry "A" Chesler!

Born on this day in 1897 or 1898: Harry "A" Chesler, pioneer of commissioning, packaging and selling comics stories and full comic books to publishers in the early Golden Age — the first "shop" of writers and artists located. He also published series through his own Chesler Publications, including Bulls Eye Comics (ouch!), Dynamic Comics, Punch Comics, Scoop Comics, Spotlight Comics, Yankee Comics (gee, notice a theme?) and others. Among the later big names in the industry who worked in the Chesler Shop were Carmine Infantino, Joe Kubert, George Tuska, Otto Binder, and Mort Meskin.

from Comic Book Comics #2 (Evil Twin, October 2008); script by Fred Van Lente; pencils, inks, and letters by Ryan Dunlavey

Here's a good online article about Chelser by Jon Berk in Scoop!

Happy birthday, Harry! We salute you and your hyperbolic colophon!

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