1974 San Diego Comic-Con Photos (Batch 5): Can You Identify People in the Pictures?

January 30, 2011

Here’s the fifth 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 four batches here, here, here, and here.)

Guests, fans, and committee members pictured include Forry Ackerman, Kirk Alyn, Milt Caniff, Frank Capra, Bob Clampett, Bill Melendez, and Charles Schulz.

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 M116-M150 so you can easily specify which picture(s) you can identify people in.

Update 02/01/11: Thanks to Bill Lund, who was chairman of Comic-Con 1974, for making the following identifications: “In photos M143 and M144, Bob Clampett’s wife, Sody, is on his right. And that looks like Ed Nizyborski in the back behind Sody. In photo M145, between Kirk Alyn and Forry, is Wendayne Ackerman, Forry’s wife. The photos of Frank Capra were taken during a press conference at, I believe, THE SAN DIEGO UNION.”

Update 01/31/11: Thanks to Greg Koudoulian for making the following identifications: Charles Schulz in M141, Malcolm Schwartz in M123 (far right), Bruce Hamilton in M150 (far left corner), and Bob Foster in M133.

(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.)

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Henry Franke October 4, 2013 at 7:51 pm

M144: Closest to the camera at the table with Bob Clampett are members of Russ Manning’s family.

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William R. Lund February 1, 2011 at 10:52 am

Mike, the photos of Frank Capra were taken during a press conference at, I believe, THE SAN DIEGO UNION (note the various photographs on the walls and recording devices on the conference table). I recall this was set up in advance per Capra’s request when I invited him to Comic-Con. The TV news departments did their own seperate pieces, while this news conference was open to anyone within the print media (therefore, Bob Foster being present).

In photos M143 and M144, Bob Clampett’s wife, Sody, is on his right. And that looks like Ed Nizyborski (sp?) in the back behind Sody.

In photo M145, between Kirk Alyn and Forry, is Wendayne Ackerman (sp?), Forry’s wife.

I’ll take a closer look at the photos again and if I figure out the identities of others, I’ll let you know.

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GREG KOUDOULIAN January 31, 2011 at 7:15 pm

M 141 is Charles Schulz. Thanks Mike!

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GREG KOUDOULIAN January 31, 2011 at 7:12 pm

M123 on far right is Malcolm Schwartz.

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GREG KOUDOULIAN January 31, 2011 at 7:11 pm

M150, far far left corner is the late Bruce Hamilton. Bruce was a great man.
Been at his home in Phoenix. We we where planning a Comic Con in Cuba at one time?

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GREG KOUDOULIAN January 31, 2011 at 7:01 pm

M 133 I believe is Bob Foster, he was at Comic Con last summer.

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