Topic: Comic Book History
The past few weeks have seen the passing of several persons including Farah Fawcett and Michael Jackson. Overlooked by many was the death of Gale Storm on June 27th...
My thanks to Glenn Walker for bringing this to my attention. He blogged about it yesterday, and referenced it on his personal Facebook Wall.
The reason I am bringing this to the attention of my Blog readers, is that many will not know that Gale Storm had a comic book connection among many other achievements during her long life.
When Gale was the star on the TV Show 'My Little Margie', she was on many covers of the Charlton Comics comic book series of the same name. Matter of fact, Charlton Comics published the title series 'My Little Margie' from July 1954 to November 1964 for a total of 54 issues!
In addition, just like in today's comics world, where if one title succeeds, add another, Charlton had two other titles based on the TV Show! My Little Margie's Boyfriends ran for 11 issues from August 1955 to April 1958. Plus My Little Margie's Fashions for 5 issues, from February 1959 to November 1959!
And... like other stars of that era, she even had a promotional comic book based on her 'My Little Margie' series. This one from Blue Bird Shoe Company Presents: My Little Margie in 1963!
Like many other TV and Film Stars of the era, Gale Storm was not her original name. She was born Josephine Owaissa Cottle in Bloomington, Texas.
She was a star in Film (1940 - 1952), TV (1952 - 1960), Radio (1952 - 1955) and Music (1956 - 1960).
But I'll only mention the TV years here. It was the years 1952 to 1955 that her television career first skyrocketed! That was due to her starring role in 'My Little Margie'. The show was originally a summer replacement for the 'I Love Lucy' TV Show on CBS. That show went on to run for 126 episodes on both the NBC and CBS networks.
When that series ended, Gale's personal popularity was capitalized upon when she briefly served as 'hostess' on the NBC Comedy Hour in the Winter of 1956.
The rating from that stint showed that she had personal popularity still, so she was placed in another situation comedy, logically called 'The Gale Storm Show'! This series ran for a total of 143 episodes between the years of 1956 and 1960.
Gale of course appeared on other television programs in the 1950's and 1960's as well. Although Gale had been out of the limelight since 1989 when she stopped working actively, (her last role was an episode on 'Murder She Wrote'), her works in TV, Music, Film, Radio, and Comics live on. She actually has 3 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame... For Recording, Radio and Television! Thanks Gale for the memories!
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