September 3rd, 2007

The Zombie

"Continuity" problems already...

September 2 -  I'm already learning more about Crusty Bunker...by which I mean that I already have a correction to post!  Sigh.  That's just the way it goes, I guess.  I know that I have a "writing style" that makes me come off like a know-it-all, but that's only because I'm not a journal-ist, I'm a journal-writer.  So please forgive me if I write from memory, lean toward hyperbole, offer personal theories, and get a little sloppy with the particulars.  Generally, it seems as though I've never heard an interesting story that couldn't be retold without research.  Sorry!  So, before I go on, here's the first of probably several eventual corrections; rather than Continuity Productions, as I "reported" last night, Neal Adams' studio was called Continuity Associates.  Tonight, I wanted to tell you a little more about how Crusty Bunker "worked," but I've decided to preface all of this by adding "...as far as I can tell and/or remember."  I, of course, was never associated with The Crusty Bunkers, other than as a fan (although I didn't realize that part until recently).  What I hope to relate here is an coalescence of the stories I've either heard, read, or (now) researched about the people who were involved.  SO, as far as I can tell and/or remember, Mr. Adams, together with Dick Giordano, had a New York studio which was called Continuity Associates (CA).  Like the fabled "shops" of the Golden Age, CA produced comics work for a large number of books for pretty much every company who could pay.  The Crusty Bunkers would get equal percentages of the divvied payment (again, as far as I can tell and/or remember), but the experience was considered part of the reason to participate.  Along with the actual CA "employees," The Crusty Bunkers sometimes included artists that had rented space at Continuity, or their assistants.  As far as I can tell and/or remember, Crusty Bunker's first credited work was as an inker for a back-up story in Weird Worlds #2 (published by DC Comics in 1972).  The feature, called Slaves of The Mahars, was part of the At The Earth's Core storyline.  Already, in "his" first published work, the the hands behind Crusty Bunker's inks included Neal Adams, Alan Weiss, Frank Brunner, Larry Hama, Jim Starlin, Ralph Reese, and Berni Wrightson!  It seems as though this last minute collaboration, brought together to help beleaguered penciler Mr. Weiss meet a deadline, worked pretty well, because Crusty's career would last through 1977...or 1979, according to some...or through the 1980's, if you listen to others...or even into the 1990's, if you look at the credits of some of the books published by Continuity Comics!  Considering how Crusty works, it wouldn't surprise me if he's preparing for a comeback even now!  More about all of that later.  It's time to wrap this up for tonight with a just-aforementioned "Crusty Bunker" of The Day - Alan Weiss!