George Kashdan

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George Kashdan
Born (1928-05-17)May 17, 1928
The Bronx, New York City, New York
Died June 3, 2006(2006-06-03) (aged 78)
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Editor

George Kashdan (May 17, 1928 – June 3, 2006)[1] was an American comic book writer and editor, primarily for DC Comics, who co-created such characters as Tommy Tomorrow, Mysto, Magician Detective, and others. He was additionally a screenwriter for such animated television series as The Mighty Hercules and The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure.

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Early life and career[edit]

Kashdan was born in The Bronx, New York City, New York,[1][2] and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago.[1] 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[3] who'd joined the company in 1940.[4] George Kashdan's first two recorded comic-book credits, appearing the same month, are writing the "Congo Bill" backup feature in Action Comics #105 (Feb. 1947),[5] and co-writing, with Bernie Breslauer and DC managing editor Jack Schiff, the first story of spaceman Tommy Tomorrow, co-created with artist Howard Sherman, in DC's Real Fact Comics #6 (Feb. 1947).[6]

He became a story editor on Action Comics beginning with #106 (March 1947),[5] mostly editing and rewriting the backup features on that anthology title, which headlined Superman, helmed by fellow story editor Mort Weisinger.[1] As Kashdan recalled his start at the company, "There was a small emergency there. One of the editors with whom I had worked was Bernie Breslauer. ... He was in the hospital briefly and Mort called me. He said, 'Hey, we need an editor here.' Bernie came back and I remained, basically as a copy editor. I wasn't buying stories or giving out plots, or giving out assignments of any sort. Bernie died a year or two later, I guess — around 1950. I moved into his desk.[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Evanier, Mark. "George Kashdan, R.I.P.", "P.O.V. Online: News from Me" (column), June 8, 2006
  2. ^ George Kashdan (interview). "I Graduated from Plato and Aristotle to Superman and Batman", Alter Ego #93 (May 2010), p. 40
  3. ^ Kashdan interview, Alter Ego, p. 42
  4. ^ Kashdan interview, Alter Ego, p. 64
  5. ^ a b George Kashdan at the Grand Comics Database
  6. ^ Real Fact Comics #6 at the Grand Comics Database
  7. ^ Kashdan interview, Alter Ego, pp. 42-43

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