Volume 2, Numbers 30 & 31, April/May 1975
(Next post on Monday: Michael Doret, Lettering Artist)
Kunen Publishing Company Issues First BookA publishing firm, the Kunen Publishing Company, has issued its first book, a juvenile, and is making plans for other books next year. The firm is a partnership of two veterans of the Army Air Corps, Charles W. Alexander and Alfred E. Kunen. Their first book is a toy book called “Playtime Speller,” which is spiral bound in heavy boards and has six removable, inlaid puzzles. Under the pieces of each puzzle is a short story for the child of 3 to 7. The book retails for $1.50. Distribution to date has been limited to stores in New York City, and selling elsewhere will begin in earnest in the spring.A story book for the 3 to 6 age group is planned for spring publication. The publishers want to concentrate on juveniles and hope to keep their prices to one dollar.The firm has recently moved to 1933 Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway, Long Island. The telephone number is MU 2-5792.
Change in NameFar Rockaway, N.Y.—Kunen Publishing Company has changed its name to Kunen & Alexander, Inc. and will specialize in juveniles. The address is 1931 Mott Avenue, and the telephone number is Far Rockaway 7-8419.
Ottenheimer, Fred, il. Playtime speller.Jan Kunen Alexander 1 50
... Mrs. Alexander began her career in publishing in Philadelphia and later moved to Manhattan, where she entered the advertising business. She later set up her own agency, which represented artists and cartoonists. ...
... Fred Ottenheimer, a young artist and designer, agreed to take Kurtzman in, probably for about $25 a month, so he carted his drawing board on the train into Manhattan, ready to start his career in earnest. ...
… Daisy, who did just about all my lettering from 1945 [sic] on. She was one of the greatest letterers, according to Roy Ald and Will Lieberson. When I left New York with Flyin’ Jenny under one arm and Phantom Eagle under the other, I wrote my sister—sending her lettering samples—and told her I needed her help doing lettering. She had never claimed to have any art abilities but took on the assignment. At first it was rough, but eventually she developed her own style. Once I received a letter praising the clarity of my lettering. I had to write back and confess it was the work of my sister, Daisy!
... Swayze’s sister Daisy assists in the inking and lettering.But she has only been able to lend her aid since the artist’s return here from New York, where he was for some time doing illustrations and commercial art for magazines before taking to the fruitful comic field. ...
... Also, while digging out the old comics, I noticed that in one of the Fawcett romance comics featuring my work, Life Story #21, 1950, all three stories were done by me, except for the lettering which was done by my sister Daisy ...
Miss D. Swayze Dies; Funeral Slated FridayMiss Daisy Swayze, 1202 Riverside Dr., Monroe, deputy in the office of the Ouachita Parish Tax Assessor, died early today after suffering an apparent heart attack.Funeral services will be held at 4 pm Friday in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home of Monroe with the Rev. Lea Joyner, pastor of the Southside United Methodist Church, officiating.Burial will follow in the Old City Cemetery.Miss Swayze, a native of Monroe and member of a pioneer area family, suffered the apparent attack at her home. She was pronounced dead on arrival at Glenwood Hospital.She had worked as deputy assessor since 1950. She was a member of the Southside United Methodist Church.Survivors include two brothers: Marcus Desha Swayze of Monroe; Louis Herbert Swayze, Jr. of Atlanta, Georgia; and several nieces and nephews.
Miss Daisy SwayzeFuneral services for Miss Daisy Swayze, 1202 Riverside Drive, Monroe, will be held at 4 p.m. today at Mulhearn’s Funeral Home of Monroe with the Rev. Lea Joyner officiating.Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery under direction of Mulhearn’s Funeral home.Miss Swayze died early Thursday at her residence after an apparent heart attack.She was a deputy in the tax office of Ouachita Parish Tax Assessor Odis Russell, a position she had held since 1950.Miss Swayze was a native of Monroe and a member of a pioneer family in the area. She was member of Southside United methodist Church.Survivors include two brothers, Marcus D. Swayze of Monroe and Louis H. Swayze Jr. of Atlanta, Ga., and nieces and nephews.Pallbearers will be O. H. Walker, Odis Russell, Bill Hardin, Justin Fogelman, M. A. Denoux, Bill Downey, Gladden Walters and Wayne Huff.