1974 San Diego Comic-Con Photos (Batch 1): Can You Identify People in the Pictures?

May 31, 2010

Here’s the first batch of scans from Shel Dorf’s negatives from the 1974 San Diego Comic-Con, which was held at the El Cortez Hotel with Bill Lund as Chairman. (I received the negatives from Shel’s friend and cartooning partner Charlie Roberts. The first two negatives – which are of Shelf Dorf, action hero – were in poor condition but the rest were in good shape.) There are over two hundred pictures so I’m going to post them periodically in batches.

Professional guests pictured include Brad Anderson, Russ Manning, and Roy Thomas. Comic-Con committee members pictured include Barry Alfonso, Shel Dorf, and Igor Goldkind.

Where I was uncertain of a name, I just put down a question mark. If you would like to help identify these people in the pictures, so that the question marks can be replaced with names, please leave a comment or send me a message by clicking on the “CONTACT” tab at the top. I’ve numbered the pictures M001-M025 so you can easily specify which picture(s) you can identify people in.

Update 09/16/12: Thanks to Dan Whitworth for letting us know that photos M003 through M014 document the first meeting of F.O.O.M. (Friends Of Ol’ Marvel). Dan, a charter member, is in front, third from the left in the photos on the stairs with Roy Thomas.

Update 06/11/10: Thanks to 1974 Comic-Con Chairman Bill Lund for identifying John McGeehan in pictures M003-M10, and M013-M014.

Update 06/02/10: Thanks to James Van Hise for identifying Danton Burroughs, grandson of author Edgar Rice Burroughs and son of illustrator John Coleman Burroughs, and Camille “Caz” Cazedessus, publisher of ERB-dom, in pictures M020 and M021.

Update 05/31/10: Thanks to Jackie Estrada for identifying Russ Cochran in pictures M020 and M021.

[Note: If you're viewing this via email or news reader, you'll need to visit the actual web page (http://www.comicconmemories.com/1974-san-diego-comic-con-photos-batch-1-can-you-identify-people-in-the-pictures) to see the captions and for the best viewing experience.]

(Click on a “thumbnail” image below to view the full-size image. At the bottom of the full-size image will be a caption with some arrows on either side that you can click to view the next or previous image. You might have to scroll the display down a little for the caption and arrows to show. Click on the full-size image to close it. Alternatively, for the maximum view, right-click the thumbnail image, select to view it in a new window, then click on the newly-displayed image to “zoom” to maximum size.)

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Dan Whitworth September 15, 2012 at 12:40 am

Photos M003 through M014 document the first meeting of F.O.O.M. (Friends Of Ol’ Marvel). I was a charter member! I’m third from the left in the photos on the stairs with Roy Thomas (M003-M010). My left shoulder can be seen on the far right in M012, too. The photos in the wood-paneled room show the actual meeting; the posed shots on the stairs were taken afterward.

Reply

William R. Lund June 11, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Mike,
John McGeehan (or, possibly his brother, Tom…always did have a difficult time in telling them apart, although John seemed to be in attendance more often than Tom) is in several photos.

M003 through M006 and M008 through M010: John McGeehan is at top of stairs directly behind Roy Thomas. M007: John’s on far left at top of stairs. M013 and the second M013 (obviously meant to be M014): John is third from the left in both photos.

All My Best,
Bill

Reply

Rex the Burlesque Guy June 6, 2010 at 11:51 am

WOW! What a find! I hope this creates a sharing trend, I would love to see more of the early days I missed. Thanks.

The first 2 pics, and this is just a theory, are probably Shel Dorf dealing with someone who suggested the Comic Con leave San Diego.

Reply

James Van Hise June 2, 2010 at 7:39 am

MO21 is Russ Cochran with Danton Burroughs (middle) and CAZ of ERB-dom fame.

Reply

GREG KOUDOULIAN May 31, 2010 at 9:18 pm

MOO4 KID FRONT ROW LEFT IS THE LATE CHAM HOLMES, NEXT TO HIM IS CLAYTON MOORE. THE KID ON THE FAR RIGHT NEXT TO THOMAS IS BILL RICHARDSON. all first row. wow!!

Reply

Jackie Estrada May 31, 2010 at 12:18 pm

The guy on the left in M020 and M021 is Russ Cochran.

Reply

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: