Gary Poole

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  • GARY POOLE
  • Name and vital stats
  • POOLE, GARY T. [10/06/1931 -] (writer; editor)
  • Education
  • High School: Gaffney Senior High, Class of 1949
  • College: American Academy of Dramatic Arts New York University: Performing/acting · Writing
  • Notes
  • Married: June 10, 1989
  • Former editor-in-chief at Western Publishing, Inc., New York (Golden Press, Periodicals Division)

Though primarily known as a writer, Poole is also an artist and has illustrated several of his books. His cartoons have appeared in magazines and newspapers.

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  • Print Media (non-comics)
  • Book: Donny and Marie (Golden Press. 1977) Illustrated by Jose Delbo. 32 pages
  • Book: Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, The (Tempo Star books/Grosset & Dunlap, 1979) 215 pages
  • Book: TV Comedians (Tempo Books, 1979)
  • Book: Tales of the Spooky Natural and Vampire Jokes (Tempo Books, 1980) Illustrated by Don Orehek
  • Book: Return of the Rib-Tickling, Rollicking, Rip Roaring Riddle, The (Dell, 1980) Illustrated by Howard Munce
  • Book: In My Opinion (Tempo Books, 1980) Illustrated by Don Orehek
  • Book: Gag Galaxy: Outer Space Jokes And Riddles (Tempo Books, 1981) Illustrated by Don Orehek
  • Book: Who's Zoo: Animal Jokes and Riddles (Tempo Books, 1982) Illustrated by Don Orehek
  • Book: Jest Jokes (Dell, 1982) Illustrated by Howard Munce
  • Book: The Laugh Factory Presents How to Laugh and Be Well (Feelgreat, Inc., 1982) with Vincent Donato
  • Book: Mary Lou Retton: World Gymnastics Champion (Modern Publishing, 1984)
  • Book: BMX Rider (Modern Publishing, 1984)
  • Book: Movie Monsters (Modern Publishing, 1988)
  • Book: Sky Blue Frame (The Hardy Boys #89) (Simon & Schuster, 1988) (as by Franklin W. Dixon)
  • Book: Ghostbusters II : Flip 'N' Fun: Jokes, Riddles & Coloring Book (Modern Publishing, 1988) Illustrated by David Transu
  • Book: Debbie Gibson (Modern Publishing, 1988)
  • Book: Joe McIntyre (New Kids on the Block Series) (Modern Publishing, 1989)
  • Book: Kitties' Purr-Fect Caper (Itsy-Bitsies Storybooks) (Modern Publishing, 1990) Illustrated by Kathleen Smith-Fitzpatrick
  • Book: Wooly Has Two Dozen Sisters (Itsy Bitsies Storybooks) (Modern Publishing, 1990) Illustrated by Kathleen Smith-Fitzpatrick
  • Book: Footprint's of a Chickie (Itsy-Bitsies Storybooks) (Modern Publishing, 1990) Illustrated by Kathleen Smith-Fitzpatrick
  • Book: What's So Funny, Puppies? (Itsy Bitsies Storybooks) (Modern Publishing, 1990) Illustrated by Kathleen Smith-Fitzpatrick
  • Book: Radio Comedy Diary: A Researcher's Guide to the Actual Jokes and Quotes of the Top Comedy Programs of 1947-1950 (McFarland & Company, 2001)
  • Radio
  • disk jockey and talk show host
  • seven years as master of ceremonies for the Network Television Preview Theater in New York City, testing pilot films in front of live audiences
  • writer/producer of "The Laugh Factory," a cable television show featuring upcoming standup comedians.
  • Poole performs regularly on radio in Spartanburg, South Carolina (103.3FM) with the Meriiment Players doing satires of old-time radio shows. He is also a speaker and lecturer at colleges, universities and corporations.
  • Gary Poole email 2011-01-17:
  • I wrote lots of comic books for them from 1968 to the early 1980s ... for the Warner Bros charcters Bugs Bunny, Tweety & Sylvester, Yosemite Sam, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck...all of them.
  • On the serious side I wrote a lot of Twilight Zone stories for Gold Key, also Boris Karloff's Tales of Mysteries, The Munsters.
  • I also wrote some of the Phantom comic books and Mandrake the Magician for King Comics, Bill Harris, editor at King Features Syndicate back in the 60s & 70s.
  • I wound up being asked to come inside and become editor-in-chief of Golden Magazine (Golden Press children's books) and did that for five years.
  • Gary Poole email 2011-01-19:
  • Matt Murphy initially hired me [at Western]. He was Managing Editor of the periodicals division then (1966, I believe). I was referred to him by my agent Toni Mendez, who was a power in the newspaper comics business. She was trying to sell a comic strip I came up with and sent me to Matt at Gold Key comics to make some "bread & butter" money while we awaited the fate of my comic strip. It never sold.

My first assignment was to write a story for The Munsters. I was successful with that and began getting assignments for the entire line at Gold Key.

  • I later wrote scripts for [Frank Bolle's] newspaper strip "Debbie Deere" and four monthly features for Boy's Life magazine which he illustrated.
  • Al Williamson and I were called in to do a promotional piece for Zipper manufacturers. I wrote the script and he was to illustrate it. I never saw the finished product.
  • I also adapted the novel King Kong (which was produced in an extra large size released with the remake of the mighty Kong in 1977. The art for that was done by Alberto Giolitti in Italy.
  • 1968
  • King Kong (Gold Key) (September 1968)
  • 1977
  • GRIMM'S GHOST STORIES~ (Western)
  • Grimm's Ghost Stories (Gold Key) #42 (November 1977): Pretty Lady (6 pages, script)
  • Mystery / occult (Western)
  • TWILIGHT ZONE, THE~ (Western)
  • 1978
  • TWEETY AND SYLVESTER (Western)
  • GRIMM'S GHOST STORIES~ (Western)
  • Mystery / occult (Western)
  • TWILIGHT ZONE, THE~ (Western)
  • 1979
  • Movie Adaptations (Western)
  • BATTLE OF THE PLANETS (Western)
  • Battle of the Planets (Gold Key) #1 (June 1979): Operation: Decoy (12 pages, script)
  • Battle of the Planets (Gold Key) #1 (June 1979): Undersea Threat (10 pages, script)
  • Battle of the Planets (Gold Key) #2 (August 1979): Ice Creature (12 pages, script)
  • Battle of the Planets (Gold Key) #2 (August 1979): The Flaming Menace (10 pages, script)
  • Battle of the Planets (Gold Key) #3 (October 1979): Solar Blockade (11 pages, script)
  • Battle of the Planets (Gold Key) #3 (October 1979): The Lake Monster! (11 pages, script)
  • Battle of the Planets (Gold Key) #4 (December 1979): The Creeping Forest (11 pages, script)
  • Battle of the Planets (Gold Key) #4 (December 1979): The Earthquake Menace (11 pages, script)
  • FLASH GORDON (Western)
  • Flash Gordon (Gold Key) #25: Volcano! (September 1979) (22 pages, script)
  • Flash Gordon (Gold Key) #26 (November 1979): The Land of the Serpents (22 pages, script)
  • GRIMM'S GHOST STORIES~ (Western)
  • Mystery / occult (Western)
  • TWILIGHT ZONE, THE~ (Western)
  • 1980
  • BATTLE OF THE PLANETS (Western)
  • Battle of the Planets (Whitman) #7 (June 1980): Enemy Within (11 pages, script)
  • Battle of the Planets (Whitman) #7 (June 1980): Invasion of the Ant Creatures (11 pages, script)
  • FLASH GORDON (Western)
  • Flash Gordon (Gold Key) #27 (January 1980): The Enchanted City (22 pages, script)
  • Movie Adaptations (Western)
  • GRIMM'S GHOST STORIES~ (Western)
  • Mystery / occult (Western)