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Of Pandemics and Racial Injustice

After several years of various slings and arrows slung in my direction, I am completing a full biography of my grandfather, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, the founder of DC Comics. Recently I’ve been focusing on the chapters about his military career. I’ve noted several of these events in earlier blogs. With the circumstances of the virus [...]

By |2020-06-17T16:54:17-08:00June 17th, 2020|Military History|0 Comments

Calling All Cars: New Fun #1 is Here

Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, my grandfather, created a comic entitled Sandy Kean, Calling all Cars, Sandy Kean and the Radio Squad wisely shortened to Radio Squad. It was classic Depression era material. Sandy Kean, a detective on the police force answers the siren call and goes after the bad guys—mafia types who are preying on the [...]

Where we are now

I've spent 20 plus years of my life attempting to get my grandfather's story out to the world. I've dealt with industry pushback, gender prejudice at my audacity to wade into an area where no women tread, and lack of funding and support so that most of what I've done has been completely on my [...]

By |2020-03-23T18:05:03-08:00March 23rd, 2020|Comic Book Philosophy|0 Comments

Happy 85th Anniversary New Fun #1 and DC Comics

There were a number of influences that came together leading to the creation of “New Fun #1.” Like many people during the Depression, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson suffered a loss of income and needed to take care of his family, which by now included five children. His pulp adventure writing was no longer enough so instead [...]

By |2020-01-11T16:45:38-08:00January 11th, 2020|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Queen of the Pulps

That’s a title a few of us would welcome but it belongs to Daisy Bacon, the editor of Love Story Magazine. Laurie Powers (friend and colleague) has written a book about Daisy Bacon Queen of the Pulps: The Reign of Daisy Bacon and Love Story Magazine. Love Story Magazine was one of the magazines from [...]

By |2019-12-10T08:57:14-08:00December 10th, 2019|Reviews|0 Comments

In Memoriam: Howard Cruse 1944-2019

Many people have written eloquently about Howard Cruse in the last week since his death, Andy Mangels, Denis Kitchen and Chip Kidd among others. What I want you to know is something personal about Howie beyond the work and the public life—about friendship, family and love. I lived with my maternal grandparents from the time [...]

By |2019-12-04T11:21:09-08:00December 4th, 2019|Family History|1 Comment

DC Comics to reprint New Fun #1: How it all began

Great news from DC Comics! They are publishing a reprint of New Fun #1, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson's first comics magazine published under National Allied Publications. The magazine will be reprinted as a commemorative hardcover, original tabloid size with essays by Roy Thomas and me, Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson. New Fun #1 appeared on newsstands January 11, 1935. [...]

The Pulps–John Locke’s Weird Tales

John Locke has a new book ostensibly about the origins of the pulp magazine Weird Tales, The Thing’s Incredible: The Secret Origins of Weird Tales. However, it is oh so much more. I became smitten with the pulps the first time I read one of my grandfather’s, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson pulp adventure stories. That was [...]

By |2018-08-16T04:45:28-08:00August 16th, 2018|Pulp Fiction, Reviews|0 Comments
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