1974 San Diego Comic-Con Photos (Batch 2): Can You Identify People in the Pictures?

June 12, 2010

Here’s the second 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. There are over two hundred pictures so I’m going to post them periodically in batches. (You can see the first batch at http://www.comicconmemories.com/1974-san-diego-comic-con-photos-batch-1-can-you-identify-people-in-the-pictures.)

Guests, fans, and committee members pictured include Forry Ackerman, Kirk Alyn, Frank Capra, Mike Friedrich, Jack Kirby, Russ Manning, Tom Orzechowski, Roy Thomas, Danton Burroughs, Camille “Caz” Cazedessus, Barry Alfonso, Igor Goldkind, and Eric Hoffman.

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 M026-M050 so you can easily specify which picture(s) you can identify people in.

Update 07/24/12: Thanks to Brent Anderson for identifying Walter Koenig in picture MO46.

Update 06/14/10: Thanks to Mark Evanier for identifying Tom Orzechowski in pictures M032 and M033.

Update 06/13/10: Thanks to Greg Koudoulian for identifying Jim Harmon, Frank Brunner, and Don Glut in pictures M031-M033 and M036-M037.

Update 06/13/10: Thanks to Bill Lund for also recognizing Jim Harmon and Frank Brunner in pictures M031-M033 and M036-M037 and for identifying this is as having been the Star*Reach panel. Bill also identified Don Newton and son in photos M043-M044. Pictures M045-M046 he identified as being from the masquerade for which Roger Freedman was Master of Ceremonies, and recognized Bjo Trimble and Wendayne Ackerman in M046.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Brent Anderson July 23, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Walter Koenig (MO46) directly under the MC.


Roy Thomas February 24, 2012 at 3:50 am

I believe the guy in the Hawaiian shirt in M035 is near-future pro artist Rick Hoberg. I suggest you ask Mark Evanier about this.



Mark Evanier June 14, 2010 at 12:25 pm

The unidentified guy in MO33 is Tom Orzechowski.


William R. Lund June 12, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Man, I sure wish I still had the old program books and such from this con (or anyone of them, for that matter), a it might help jog the ol’ memory.

In photo #M031, as well as other photos in this sequence, I believe was a Star*Reach panel. Jim Harmon and Frank Brunner are the two in this photo with Mike. The other panelists I’m trying to place, but no such luck. Sorry.

M043 and M044: Don Newton and his son. Don’t recall the son’s name. Hopefully there’s a shot in one of these batches where he’s dressed as one of his favorite characters, Fawcett Comics’ Captain Marvel.

M046 (and other pics in this sequence) are from the Masquerade. And, yes, that’s Roger as M.C. In this particular shot are the judges, which also included Bjo Trimble; she’s partially seen between Jack Kirby and Kirk Alyn. Also, I believe, seated toward the back is Forry’s wife, Wendayne Ackerman; she’s the older, white-haired woman.

Shel took just as many photos of fans as he did professionals, so coming up with names of many of the attendees would probably need to come from that particular fan or a friend who recognizes an individual.


Greg Koudoulian June 12, 2010 at 8:22 pm


Left to right Jim Harman Frank Brunner last on right Don Glut.


Greg Koudoulian June 12, 2010 at 8:19 pm


Left to right The late and great Scifi author Jim Harman
and Frank brunner SDFC member


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