Comic Book Cats, number 160: Swing With Scooter #8

Comic Book Cats, number 160: Swing With Scooter #8, penciled by Joe Orlando, inked by Mike Esposito and written by Barbara Friedlander & Jack Miller, published by DC Comics in Aug-Sept 1967.

Swing With Scooter was a teen humor series featuring Scooter, an expat British musician attending school in Plainsville, USA. Scooter and his groovy gang of high school pals got involved in all sorts of weird misadventures. In this issue Scooter and the gang are shrunk by an ancient Egyptian curse. Among the various shenanigans that the miniaturized teens get up to, Scooter and the others take a ride around on the back of Marilyn, the local stray cat.

Barbara Friedlander, the co-creator of the series, was one of the few women working in comic books during the Silver Age. She was an editor at DC Comics from 1964 to 1970 and was a regular writer on DC’s romance and teen humor titles during the late 1960s and early 70s.

Joe Orlando had a lengthy and varied career in comic books. He was one of the artists at EC Comics in the early 1950s, and after their comic book line folded he continued to be a regular contributor to MAD Magazine throughout the 1960s. Orlando also drew several Classics Illustrated adaptations. He was briefly an editor and artist on Warren Publishing’s black & white horror magazines in the mid 1960s. Orlando had a lengthy association with DC Comics, drawing numerous series and working as an editor there beginning in 1968, later promoted to vice president of the company. He retired in 1996. Orlando passed away in December 1998 at the age of 71.

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