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
Notable works
Aquaman
The Mighty Hercules
The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure
Tommy Tomorrow

George Kashdan (May 17, 1928 – June 3, 2006)[1][2] 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.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Kashdan was born in The Bronx, New York City, New York,[1][3] and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago.[1]

Comics[edit]

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[4] who'd joined the company in 1940.[5] 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),[6] 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).[7][8]

He became a story editor on Action Comics beginning with #106 (March 1947),[6] 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.[9]

In 1962, Kashdan and artist Nick Cardy launched the Aquaman ongoing series for DC.[10] Kashdan primarily wrote for DC's mystery and war comics series including G.I. Combat, House of Mystery, House of Secrets, The Unexpected, Weird War Tales, and The Witching Hour.[6] His final story "Strange Rescue" was published in Sgt. Rock #421 (April 1988).[6]

Animation[edit]

From 1963 to 1966, Kashdan was one of the writers of The Mighty Hercules series for Adventure Cartoon Productions.[11] He worked on Filmation Associates' The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure in 1967–1968.[12]

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Evanier, Mark (June 8, 2006). "George Kashdan, R.I.P.". News From ME. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ "George Kashdan, 3 June 2006". United States Social Security Death Index. n.d. 
  3. ^ "George Kashdan (interview) "I Graduated from Plato and Aristotle to Superman and Batman"". Alter Ego. Raleigh, NC: TwoMorrows Publishing. 3 (93): 40. May 2010. 
  4. ^ Kashdan interview, Alter Ego, p. 42
  5. ^ Kashdan interview, Alter Ego, p. 64
  6. ^ a b c d George Kashdan at the Grand Comics Database
  7. ^ Markstein, Don (2010). "Tommy Tomorrow". Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on June 12, 2016. The script had a lot of writers for something so short — Jack Schiff, George Kashdan and Bernie Breslauer (all of whom edited for DC) shared the credit, tho Breslauer (a very minor writer otherwise) is generally given most of it. 
  8. ^ Real Fact Comics #6 at the Grand Comics Database
  9. ^ Kashdan interview, Alter Ego, pp. 42-43
  10. ^ McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1960s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 104. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Writer George Kashdan and artist Nick Cardy immediately pushed Aquaman into the deep end of the oceanic pool. 
  11. ^ Markstein, Don (2010). "The Mighty Hercules". Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on January 27, 2016. The writers were George Kashdan and Jack Miller, both of whom also worked in that capacity, and as editors, at DC Comics. 
  12. ^ Daniels, Les (1995). DC Comics: Sixty Years of the World's Favorite Comic Book Heroes. New York City: Bulfinch Press. p. 145. ISBN 0821220764. Such shows have not always been great, but they provided work for DC writers like Bob Haney and George Kashdan, and they helped support DC with licensing fees. 

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Preceded by
Jack Schiff
Aquaman editor
1962–1968
Succeeded by
Dick Giordano
Preceded by
Murray Boltinoff
Blackhawk editor
1964–1968
Succeeded by
Dick Giordano
Preceded by
n/a
Teen Titans editor
1966–1968
Succeeded by
Dick Giordano