Leo Dorfman

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Leo Dorfman
Leo Dorfman.jpg
Dorfman being interviewed on game show Two for the Money
Born (1914-02-17)February 17, 1914[1]
New York, NY
Died July 9, 1974(1974-07-09) (aged 60)
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer
Pseudonym(s) Geoff Brown, David George
Notable works

Leo Dorfman (February 17, 1914 – July 9, 1974)[2] (also credited as Geoff Brown[3] and David George[4]) was a writer of comic books throughout the Silver Age; although the majority of his work was for DC Comics, he also wrote for Dell Comics.

Dorfman grew up on New York's Lower East Side.[5] He began working for National Periodical Publications in the 1950s; Mark Evanier has estimated that Dorfman may have been "the most prolific scripter" for Superman during the 1960s.[6]

Dorfman's work included the creation of Pete Ross in 1961 and the Ghosts anthology series in 1971; he also wrote the 1963 "Superman Red/Superman Blue", which inspired a year-long plot arc in 1998.[7]

Dorfman produced supernatural stories for Gold Key Comics' supernaturally themed Twilight Zone, Ripley's Believe it or Not, Boris Karloff Mystery and Grimm's Ghost Stories. One of Gold Key's editors at the time told Mark Evanier "Leo writes stories and then he decides whether he's going to sell them to DC [for Ghosts] or to us. He tells us that if they come out good, they go to us and if they don't, they go to DC. I assume he tells DC the opposite."[6]

Leo Dorfman died unexpectedly on July 9, 1974 at the age of 60 while still writing for Ghosts. Editor and longtime friend Murray Boltinoff replaced Dorfman with Carl Wessler as the series' primary writer.[4]


  1. ^ "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JPQZ-VZQ : accessed 12 Mar 2013), Leo Dorfman, July 1974.
  2. ^ Social Security Death Index, SS# 052-05-6867.
  3. ^ Action Comics #396, DC Comics, January, 1971
  4. ^ a b Aushenker, Michael (October 2011). "Beyond Capes: You 'Will' Believe In Ghosts" (PDF). Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (52): 22. 
  5. ^ Letters page, Action Comics #397 (Feb. 1971).
  6. ^ a b Evanier, Mark. "More on Leo Dorfman," News From Me (May 29, 2005).
  7. ^ The Krypton Companionby Michael Eury (via Google Books).

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