Ray Herman

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Ray Hermann (Ruth Hermann, also known as Rae Herman or Ray Mann) was a publisher, editor, writer, penciller, and inker whose career spanned fron 1940 to 1955. Her company, Orbit Publications was a founding member of the Association of Comics Magazine Publishers, for which she served as Secretary and Board Director.

She started her career as an assistant to publisher Frank Temerson, publisher for Holyoke and other, loosely-affiliated companies.[1] From 1943 to 1944, she was managing editor and co-owner (with Esther Temerson) of Continental Magazines, publishers of Cat-Man Comics and Terrific Comics.[2] In 1945 she wrote for the syndicated comic "Hep Cats", before taking over as publisher, business manager, and co-owner (with Marjorie May) of Orbit Publications in 1946.[1][3]

Orbit's titles included The Westerner (featuring Wild Bill Pecos), Love Diary, Patches and Wanted Comics, and contributing artists included Syd Shores, Bernard Krigstein and Mort Leav. She wrote for their Western comics, as well as Love Diary and another romance comic, Love Journal (both published under the "Our Publishing" imprint). She was also the rare actually-female writer of a romance comic advice columnist; most advice columnists for other romance comics were male staff members under a female pseudonym. In 1948, she also pencilled and inked crime comics for D.S. Publishing.[1]

Also in 1948, she helped found the Association of Comics Magazine Publishers in response to the rising anti-comics sentiment in the United States. They created the first Publication Code for policing the content in comics, but comics were not subject to formal review to use their seal of approval, and it was largely ignored. By 1950, the ACMP was virtually defunct, though a few publishers continued to use the seal. However, its Publication Code formed the backbone of the later Comics Code.

Cultural References[edit]

In issue #23 of Cat-Man Comics (December 1943), superhero The Hood's blonde girlfriend's name is revealed to be "Ray".[4]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Jerry Bails' Who's Who
  2. ^ BIP Comics: Publisher Insignia and Indicia Data - Continental
  3. ^ BIP Comics: Publisher Insignia and Indicia Data - "Wanted Comics" #50
  4. ^ Mystery Men and Women - H