Murray Boltinoff

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Murray Boltinoff
Murray Boltinoff in the 1970s.jpg
Murray Boltinoff in the 1970s. Photo by Jack Adler.
Born (1911-01-03)January 3, 1911
New York City, U.S.
Died May 6, 1994(1994-05-06) (aged 83)
Pompano Beach, Florida, U.S.
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Editor
Pseudonym(s) Al Case, Anne Case, Blair Bolton, Bob Donnely, Evan Douglas, Ray Bolton, Sam Meade, Wesley Marsh, and Woody Adams[1]

Murray Boltinoff (January 3, 1911 - May 6, 1994 in Pompano Beach, Florida) was a writer and editor of comic books, who worked for DC Comics from the 1940s to the 1980s, in which role he edited over 50 different comic book series.

Biography[edit]

A graduate of New York University, in 1933 Boltinoff was hired as an assistant editor at the New York American -- the first newspaper to hire his younger brother Henry Boltinoff as a cartoonist. Although Craig Yoe has stated that "Murray had got Henry [the] job",[2] Don Markstein reported that it was actually more difficult for Henry to sell artwork to Murray, as "both [strove] to avoid any appearance of favoritism".[3] Henry Boltinoff subsequently began selling cartoons to Whitney Ellsworth at National Allied Publications, and suggested that Ellsworth hire Murray as an assistant, which Ellsworth did around the year 1940.[4]

Among the titles Boltinoff managed were Legion of Super-Heroes, where his actions included hiring Mike Grell as artist[5] and rejecting Dave Cockrum's proposal for a new character on the grounds that the character was "too weird looking" -- Cockrum later repurposed the character as Nightcrawler.[6] He also oversaw the creation of the Doom Patrol[7] in My Greatest Adventure.

Boltinoff was the editor of The Brave and the Bold when Bob Haney and Ramona Fradon created Metamorpho, and he subsequently served as editor on Metamorpho's dedicated comic. Haney later reported having read an interview in which Boltinoff claimed to have created Metamorpho, and attributed this to senility on Boltinoff's part;[8] however, Gina Misiroglu has described Boltinoff as Metamorpho's "savior" from post-cancellation obscurity due to his "tendency to stick [Metamorpho] into whichever comic [Boltinoff] happened to be working on at the time."[9] Haney was not the only one to comment on Boltinoff's memory: Legion of Super-Heroes writer Jim Shooter recounted that Boltinoff "seemed to have early stage Alzheimer’s. Seriously. Ask his former assistant, Jack Harris. Murray would give me instructions, forget what he’d said, then be upset that I hadn’t followed some orders he’d never given me. I ended up doing rewrites because Murray misremembered things."[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Who's Who: Boltinoff, Murray, by Jerry Bails and Robin Snyder, 2006; retrieved September 20, 2013
  2. ^ Clean Cartoonists' Dirty Drawings, by Craig Yoe; published by Last Gasp, 2007; via Google Books
  3. ^ HENRY BOLTINOFF at Don Markstein's Toonopedia; published 2002; retrieved September 20, 2013
  4. ^ The DC Comics Offices 1930s-1950s Part 2, by Todd Klein, at KleinLetters.com; published July 9, 2013; retrieved September 20, 2013
  5. ^ Adapting Arrow / Mike Grell, at Sequential Tart; by Suzette Chan; published December 10, 2012; retrieved September 20, 2013
  6. ^ X-Men Companion, Fantagraphics Books, 1982
  7. ^ Doom Patrol, Volumes 1-6, at Rain Taxi; by Ken Chen; published Summer 2008; retrieved September 20, 2013
  8. ^ Bob Haney Interviewed by Michael Catron Part Four (of Five) at The Comics Journal; originally published in The Comics Journal #276 and #278 (2006); archived online, January 10, 2011; retrieved September 20, 2013
  9. ^ "The Superhero Book", by Gina Misiroglu, Visible Ink Press, 2004 (via Google Books)
  10. ^ Vaughn, J. C. (June 2009). "Jim Shooter's First Day at Marvel Comics". Back Issue (34) (TwoMorrows Publishing). pp. 14–19. 

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