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Janice Valleau
Born: November 6, 1923
Died: December 8, 2013
Country: United States
Area(s): Artist
Notable Work: Toni Gayle

Janice Valleau, later Winkleman (November 6, 1923 - December 8, 2013), sometimes credited as Ginger or Janice S., was a Golden Age artist and inker who worked for MLJ (Archie) Publications, Charlton Comics, Novelty Press, and Quality Comics.

Life and CareerEdit

Winkleman was born to John McChesney and Gertrude (Kaiser) Valleau, and grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey.[1][2] Valleau's father was an executive at Paine Webber. She contracted polio as a child and had to wear leg braces until young adulthood. Her first published work appeared in Smash Comics, published when she was just 16. After high school, she attended the Phoenix Art Institute where she studied commercial art.

When she graduated, she went to work for MLJ (Archie) Publications; Archie creator Bob Montana was also an alumnus of Phoenix. She began working for Quality Comics soon after, and worked in comics for the next eleven years.[3] She is best known for her work on the "Toni Gayle" feature for Young King Cole featuring a glamorous model-detective.

She met her husband, Edward, in 1948. In the mid-1950s, they moved to Pittsburgh, where she continued to work on comics. She left comics in 1955 after the Wertham-era crackdown, which put her off working professionally in any art field. In her 60s, she returned to art and took up painting recreationally and continued well into her 80s.[3] In 1982, she moved down to Florida with her husband. They had four children: Steve, Daniel, Dale, and Ellen.[1]

She passed away at age 90 in Jacksonville, Florida, after some time in hospice care.



  • All Humor Comics (1946) #11
  • Archie Comics (1942) #7-11
    • "Veronica and Betty" features
  • Crack Comics (1940) #36
  • Guns Against Gangsters (1948) v1#1
  • Hit Comics (1940) #35-48
    • "Bob and Swab" features
    • "Her Highness" features
  • Nyoka the Jungle Girl (1955) #21
  • Police Comics (1941) #38-39
  • Roly-Poly Comics (1945) #1
  • Smash Comics (1939) #60-64
  • Young King Cole (1945) v1#4, v2#1-7, v3#1-2, 4-5, 10
    • "Toni Gayle" features


  • All Humor Comics (1946) #1
  • Archie Comics (1942) #4-11
  • Crack Comics (1940) #40
  • Feature Comics (1939) #91, 93
  • Military Comics (1941) #42-43
  • Pep Comics (1940) #42-44, 49-50
  • Police Comics (1941) #41-46
  • Super Comics (1943) v2#1
  • Top-Notch Laugh Comics (1942) #37, 40


  1. 1.0 1.1 Edward WINKLEMAN/Janice VALLEAU Rootsweb
  2. Valleau family 1940 Census record
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hajdu, David, The Ten-Cent Plague. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.

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