||A beautiful book!
Never one to cast doubt on JVJ's scholarship, but the credit he gives to Mort Meskin on "Postage Stamp Swindle" in this issue has me wondering. It's early enough that Meskin hadn't developed his own distinctive style as yet, and the ? for attribution on inks leaves a wide hole open for guessing, but so much of what's going on in this story makes me wonder A) if Meskin might have been working over Kirby layouts (some of which as we know might have been very tight indeed... check the staging. Check the hands, fer cryin' out loud. Check that wacky machine on page 3!) because it's loose enough and sloppy enough to think it's all bad Kirby swipes if it weren't this title for this company by this studio, but it's also loose enough that it could be attributable to unsure hands over even tight Kirby layouts. And B) Is it possible that this combination of talents is also responsible for the bad-Kirby-knockoff-looking Fox romance stories we've seen from them in the past?
||Pgs 2, 3 and 7 definitely look like Kirby layouts to me. Not so much pages 4/5/6 on the whole. If I had to guess it looks like a story that Kirby started working on with tight layouts for some of the pages, then they brought someone else in to do the rest of the pencils. Meskin? maybe. Then one inker, either Joe Simon or someone in the "style of Joe Simon" inked the whole thing.