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COMIC LEGEND: Victor Fox was working as DC Comics’ accountant when he saw the sales of Action Comics #1 and immediately formed his own comic book company.
The most famous story about Victor Fox, the comic book publisher of the 1940s, was that he was working for National Comics (what became DC Comics) as an accountant and he saw the sales figures on Action Comics starring Superman and he then went off and started his own comic book company based on the sales.
The late Joe Simon (who worked for Fox a lot in those early days) told the story this way:
He was an accountant for DC Comics. He was doing the sales figures and he liked what he saw. So, he moved downstairs and started his own company…. I happened to get a job; I went over to Fox and became editor there, which was just an impossible job, because … there were no artists, no writers, no editors, no letterers — nothing there. Everything came out of the Eisner and Iger shop. … He was a very strange character. He had kind of a British accent; he was like 5’2″, told us he was a former ballroom dancer. He was very loud, menacing, and really a scary little guy. He used to say, ‘I’m the King of the Comics. I’m the King of the Comics. I’m the King of the Comics.’ We couldn’t stop him”.
One of Fox’s first hits was the Blue Beetle…
My buddy Christopher Irving, though, was doing research for his book about the Blue Beetle, the Blue Beetle Companion, and he discovered that the whole story was hooey. Fox was not working as an accountant for DC Comics when he started Fox Comics.
In fact, he NEVER worked for DC. What he DID do was do an Astrology magazine that was distributed by Independent News, the same distributor that did DC’s comics. It was through that distributor that he learned of how well DC Comics was doing with superhero comics and the REST of the story is basically true.
Really simple stuff and yet it has remained an accepted story for years!
Thanks to Chris for the awesome research! Go buy Blue Beetle Companion!
In addition, Ken Quattro had a piece on his amazing website the Comic Book Detectives where he has the full transcripts of the testimony in the lawsuit DC filed against Victor Fox for his Superman rip-off Wonder Man…
And they make it clear that Fox did not work for DC Comics, as well.
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