Winiarski in August 1942
May 6, 1911
|Died||December 1975(aged 64)|
Ed Winiarski (May 6, 1911 - December 1975) who sometimes signed his work "Win" or "Winny" and sometimes used the pseudonym Fran Miller, his wife's maiden name, was an American comic book writer-artist known for both adventure stories and funny-animal cartooning in the late-1930s and 1940s Golden Age of comic books.
A former animator, Winiarski was one of the first generation of comic-book professionals, contributing in the mid-1930s to National Allied Publications, one of the companies that would evolve into DC Comics. He later worked for Timely and Atlas – the 1940s and 1950s forerunners, respectively, of Marvel Comics – as well as for Hillman Periodicals and Prize Comics.
Early life and career
Winiarski's earliest known feature is the four-part story "Jungle Fever", which he wrote and drew across New Adventure Comics #14–16 (March, May–June 1937) and More Fun Comics #22 (July 1937), published by the company National Comics, the future DC Comics. Winiarski additionally drew and probably wrote the "Charlie Chan"-like Asian private eye feature "Mr. Chang" in Detective Comics #2 (April 1937). These were among the first of 100-story credits he would compile for the future DC. By 1941, Winiarski was also drawing for the companies Quality Comics and Hillman Periodicals.
Timely and Atlas
His first known credit for Timely Comics was art for the two-page text filler "All Winners" – a story that was also one of future Marvel legend Stan Lee's first comic works – in All-Winners Comics #1 (Summer 1941). This was reprinted in Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age All-Winners Comics, Volume 1 (Marvel, 2006; ISBN 0-7851-1884-5).
As both writer and artist, he created the early superhero-humor feature "The Vagabond" in U.S.A. Comics #2 (Nov. 1941) – continuing it in the next two issues and in Young Allies Comics #4 and Comedy Comics #11 – as well as the single-appearance crusading-journalist feature "Powers of the Press", starring reporter Tom Powers (U.S.A. Comics #3). Also for Timely, Winiarski also wrote and drew such humor features as "The Creeper and Homer" (in Krazy Komics), "Oscar Pig" (in Terrytoons Comics), Millie the Model, and Hedy De Vine Comics.
For Timely's 1950s successor, Atlas Comics, he drew numerous horror and suspense stories for anthologies including Strange Tales and Journey into Mystery, while also penciling, inking and probably writing the antics of trouble-prone "Buck Duck" in that funny animal's namesake comic and its predecessor, It's a Duck's Life.
In 1958, Winiarski did some work for Major Magazines' Mad-like satiric magazine Cracked. His last recorded credits are as penciler and inker of two four-page stories published the same month: "He Wore a Black Beard", in Strange Tales #66, and "He Stole 50 Years", in World of Fantasy #15 (both Dec. 1958).
Winiarski married his Pratt Institute classmate, Frances Anna Miller, in June 1939; he sometimes would use her maiden name, Fran Miller, as a pen name. The couple had two children, sons Bruce and William. Winiarski died in December 1975 of a heart condition.
- "Edward Winiarski". Social Security Death Index. Archived from the original on May 27, 2020. Retrieved May 20, 2020 – via Ancestry.com Fold3.
- Lee, Stan. Secrets Behind the Comics (Famous Enterprises, 1947), p. 13.
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- "Winnearski [sic]-Miller". The Schenectady Gazette. June 22, 1939. Archived from the original on November 14, 2019. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
Announcement has been made of the marriage of Miss Frances Anna Miller of Plainville, Conn., ... to Edward Winnearski [sic] of Brooklyn, on Friday in the Plainville Congregational Church. ... Both Mr. and Mrs. Winnearskl are graduates of Pratt Institute.
- "Frances Anna Runner [obituary]". Sun Journal. New Bern, North Carolina. November 27–30, 2007. Archived from the original on May 27, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
Frances lost her husband to a severe cardiac condition in the mid 1970s. ... She leaves two sons, Bruce Winiarski in Uniondale, N.Y., and William Winiarski in Bear, Del., and her [second] husband, Waldo Runner.
- Vassallo, Michael J. (2005). "A Timely Talk with Allen Bellman". Comicartville.com. Archived from the original on November 25, 2009.] Includes photo of Winiarski.
- Vassallo, Michael J. "Vincent Fago and the Timely Funny Animal Dept". Comicartville.com. Archived from the original on November 25, 2009.
- Jerry Bails' Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928–1999: Ed Winiarski
- Vincent Fago interview, Alter Ego Vol. 3, #11, November 2001. WebCitation archive.
- Mike's Amazing World of DC Comics: The DC Database
- The Comic Book Database: Ed Winiarski