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    Alfred Harvey - 'Alfred Petra Harvey Wienrnikoff'
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Bio:
Born Alfred Petra Harvey Wienrnikoff, along with his
twin "older" brother Leon L. Wienrnikoff, on October 6th 1913, the
youngest son of russian jewish immigrants, (older brother Robert was
born in Russia), Abe and Eva Silk Wienrnikoff. Alfred was raised
along with his two brothers in Brighton Beach Brooklyn New York. At
age 13, young Alfred became the youngest Eagle scout in America, and
remaind a lifelong supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. Alfred won
many boy scout rope tieing contests, and also was a lifeguard. As a
young adult, Alfred became Scoutmaster of troop 101 in Brooklyn. To
aid a deaf scout Alfred learned the entire sign language alphabet to
help the boy better communicate with the hearing world. Graduating at
age 15 from high school (in 1928), just before the great depression,
Alfred started earing money to help his family out by drawing
advertising cartoons for the local business owners in his area. When
the depression hit, this income was a great help to the Wienrnikoff
family. It all started when at age 26, Alfred Harvey, an Eagle Scout
from Brooklyn section of New York, started in comics working for
Victor Fox and his Fox Feature Publications around the Winter of 1939
and found himself side by side with young talents Joe Simon (art
director and editor), and Jack Kirby, Alfred was "managing editor".
He stayed there for over a year before moving on to the NYAD
advertising agency. Making many contacts this way and with the help
of his mentor Joe Simon, brought Alfred many important inroads into
the publishing world, one of these contacts was with the the
fledgling company Brookwood. In 1941 he ended up in the army along
with every other able-bodied man. Working at the Pentagon during WW
II, as did Joe Simon, who as Joe noted, Alfred was an "eger" type and
a fast learner. Al supervised "War Victory Comics" which proved to be
the first government-sponsored comic book and gave him a taste of
publishing and the way the process played out, and the material would
later be reissued on regular news stand distribution, as the original
run was for the service men and women in the armed forces. Alfred
gleaned more from this experience than he had learned over at Fox as
a "gopher" under Joe Simon. Joe Simon and Alfred Harvey would remain
close over the next several decades. Joe knew the ropes and would
help out the young Al, pointing him in the right directions and
putting Alfred in contact with several people in the industry. Al
used the contacts he had made while working at the Pentagon to obtain
backing from Publisher Distributing Corporation (PCD). In 1940,
Alfred Harvey (he had dropped the family name in favor of his middle
name by then), entered the world of comic book publishing., which was
then in its infancy. He had grown restless working for others, and
decided to go into business for himself. Under the guidence of
another mentor, Irving Manheimmer, owner of Publishers Distributing
Corporation, Alfred got a large "funding" from Manheimmer and with
Joe Simon's help and direction was off and running as a publisher.
Alfred used this "funding" to good use with his early dealings as we
saw above, (probably with Simons directions and contacts), and as
well on his own in August 1941 with two pocket sized titles:
Pocket,and Spitfire, and later in September with Speed Comics as a
pocket size too. At first, the glowing reports were that
these "pocket" comics were great sellers and were "leaping" off the
stands, but unfortunately for Alfred Harvey, it turned out that all
the small size of the comic was doing in reality, was to encourage
kids to "pocket" them, so while the issues were disappearing
rapidly, they weren't being bought, so the "pocket" comic experiment
failed. By the end
of 1941 Alfred P. Harvey had been involved in a number of projects
that ultimately led to his own comic book company that emerged in the
beginning of 1942 which would be known as FAMILY Comics Inc.
1942 was the year that Alfred Harvey along with his twin brother
Leon, and older brother Robert launched FAMILY Comics Inc. after the
disaster with the "pocket" sized editions of Speed Comics.
It wouldn't be until January 1943 before a "new" comic from FAMILY
Comics Inc. would see the light of day. This comic was ALL NEW SHORT
STORY COMICS produced by the Harry A. Chesler studios. These were probably
inventory stories that Chesler had lying around from his suspended
line of comics that Chesler used as a "packaged" product for Al
Harvey. In 1946 with the war over and paper restrictions gone, Al Harvey and
his brothers would move into a new direction.

Date of Birth: October 6, 1913
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY


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Writer:
The Original Black Cat (1988)
Pocket Comics (1941)
The Silver Scream (1991)

Letterer:
The Silver Scream (1991)

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