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Virginia Hubbell Bloch (March 23, 1914 - April 15, 2006) was a writer for Lev Gleason, MLJ (Archie), and Dell during the Golden Age.

Life & Career Edit

Hubbell grew up in Brooklyn and began writing as a teenager in the late 1920s.[1] After attending Boston University and New York University, she worked as a copywriter for Westinghouse.[2] She married her first husband, artist Carl Hubbell, in 1942[2] and they settled in Woodstock, New York about a year later. They both worked in the comics industry for years. Under the name Virginia Hubbell, she wrote much of the later content of Charles Biro's Daredevil and Boy Comics, as well as the notorious Crime Does Not Pay.

She reminded colleague Rudy Palais of Doris Day, and he described her as, "a real smart cookie-- college-girl, coed type. Bundle of energy, pretty....[T]hat kind of person who was really interested in other people, and I think that's why she wrote the way she did."[1]

She also created the characters of Witch Hazel and Little Itch for Dell's Little Lulu stories during the 1950s.

In 1951, she co-wrote a play entitled Bettina’s Promise, or: the Broken Divining Rod with Fritzi Striebel, wife of Dixie Dugan creator John Striebel; both of their husbands acted in the play when it was performed at the Woodstock Playhouse.[2]

A Virginia Hubbell also appears in U.S. copyright records as the co-author three children's books entitled Maybelle and Her Tinkle Bell (1955), Squeaky and His Noisy Little Nose (1955)[3] and Georgie Graymouse Finds a Home (1958).[4] It is unclear if any of these works were by the same person, or if any of them were the same Virginia Hubbell as the comics writer; it seems most likely that the author of Maybelle and Squeaky were the same person and also distinct from the author(s) of the other two works, as those two of the four were the only copyrights renewed in 1982.

She and Carl Hubbell divorced sometime before his death in 1992.[2] She remarried at some point before she passed away in 2006. She is survived by two sons, Jonathan Nichols (born February 1948) and Craig Timothy Hubbell (born September 1949).[2]

SourcesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hajdu, David. The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America. Macmillan, 2009 (ISBN 9780312428235). pp. 67-68.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Ink-Slinger Profiles: Carl Hubbell", Stripper's Guide. Published 1 Jan 2013.
  3. United States Copyright Office search results
  4. "Fletcher, Helen Jill", Catalog of Copyright Entries. Third Series: 1965: January-June. Library of Congress: Copyright Office. p 316.
Bails-icon See Virginia Hubbell's entry on Bails' Who's Who of American Comic Books.

GCD-icon See Virginia Hubbell's credits at the Grand Comics Database.

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