Gerda Gattel

Gerda Gattel (October 28, 1908 – May 14, 1993)[1] was a comic book creator who worked as a letterer, and later as a proofreader, most notably for DC Comics.

Gattel worked as a letterer in the production department of Marvel Comics' predecessor Timely Comics from 1947–1952.[2] Throughout the balance of the 1950s she worked in other production capacities, including proofreader and production manager.[2] Moving to National Periodical Publications (DC Comics) in 1958, Gattel worked as executive vice president Irwin Donenfeld's assistant from 1958–1968, rising to production coordinator in 1968.[2] While at DC, Gattel began an archive of all the company's publications, a resource which proved invaluable in later years.

Gattel retired as DC's production coordinator in 1973, and was given a Special Award by the Academy of Comic Book Arts in "for bringing her special warmth to our history."

Gerda Gattel
Mort Weisinger in 1975
Gattel with DC editor Mort Weisinger in 1975.
BornOctober 28, 1908
DiedMay 14, 1993 (aged 84)
Little Neck, Queens, New York
AwardsShazam Award, 1973


  1. ^ Social Security Death Index for SS# 124-22-7467.
  2. ^ a b c Gattel entry, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999. Accessed Apr. 19, 2013.
1972 in comics

Notable events of 1972 in comics. See also List of years in comics.

1993 in comics

Notable events of 1993 in comics. See also List of years in comics.

Academy of Comic Book Arts

The Academy of Comic Book Arts (ACBA) was an American professional organization of the 1970s that was designed to be the comic book industry analog of such groups as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Composed of comic-book professionals and initially formed as an honorary society focused on discussing the comic-book craft and hosting an annual awards banquet, the ACBA evolved into an advocacy organization focused on creators' rights.

The ACBA award, the Shazam, was a statuette in the shape of a lightning bolt. In addition to the creative awards, the ACBA also established the Academy of Comic Book Arts Hall of Fame award, inducting Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster as its initial honorees.

Mort Weisinger

Mortimer "Mort" Weisinger (; April 25, 1915 – May 7, 1978) was an American magazine and comic book editor best known for editing DC Comics' Superman during the mid-1950s to 1960s, in the Silver Age of comic books. He also co-created such features as Aquaman, Green Arrow, Johnny Quick, and the original Vigilante, served as story editor for the Adventures of Superman television series, and compiled the often-revised paperback 1001 Valuable Things You Can Get Free.

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