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All Teen #20 (Jan. 1947 ; continued from All Winners Comics 1st series), continued as Teen Comics #21-35 (April 1947 – May 1950).

Teen Comics 23Frank Carin, born Frank Carino, worked as an animator in the early 1940s, but eventually moved over to comic book art. He did his earliest work for Timely, illustrating among others Nellie the Nurse and later Mighty Mouse, Georgie and teen/family fun features. In the 1950s he was present at Avon Comics with Freddie the Snowman, Little Jack Frost, Merry Mouse, Peter Rabbit and Space Mouse. He also drew for premium comic books like Lucky Star, Western Cowboy Fun-Comics for Acme Supermarkets through Nation-Wide. In the period 1973-82 he was an artist of Witch Haze' for Western Publishing. He has also worked as a comic book packager.

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Artist Tony Tallarico talk about Carin in some interviews.

Excerps from Collectortimes.com Interview by Jamie Coville.

Tony Tallarico worked in the comic industry from the 1950s to the 1970s. His work ended up in Seduction of the Innocent, he created the first solo character book devoted to a black hero, and he's done a number of what Scott Shaw! calls Oddball Comics. In this phone interview we go through his comics career and what he's been doing since.

..."I did some things for Charlton when Al Fago was the editor. They were for Hot Rod and Racing Cars. I did a bunch of cartoon cars, very similar to the Disney movie Cars. Only they were done a long time ago. Before that I was an assistant to a cartoonist. His name was Frank Carin who was an animator.Frank Carin

When I knew him he was doing comic books. He was packaging these small sized comic books for Acme Supermarkets. There were 4 titles, I remember them distinctly. One was Do-Do the Clown. Another one was Captain Atom that Lou Ravielli did. His brother was a famous sports illustrator. Dave Gantz did and it was a teenage character. The 4th one was the first comic book and the first work really that Jack Davis did was called Lucky Star. He had just come up from the south. I don't know how he met Frank Carin but that was the very first comic book he did. Before he even worked for EC.

I met Bill Fraccio at Frank Carin's. Bill was doing some work for Frank. He was doing a thing called Sunny Sunshine. It was a little girl character for Sunshine Bakeries that they gave away every few months. Frank was the packager of the book and Bill worked for him. That's how we met. We did a lot of things together."

Tony Tallarico Interview from Alter Ego 106:

"... I was still going to high school [The school of Industrial Arts in NY]. A neighbor of mine in Brooklyn lived right across the street from us, and she had a job at Avon, and Frank Carin was doing some work for them. He was looking for an assistant, and she said, "I know just the guy". Of course, I jumped at it.

Carin was basically into animation; he couldn't draw realistically, and he said he needed an assistant. He worked out a deal with Acme Supermarkets -a big chain of supermarkets around the country then- to do a series of pocket-sized comic books. Now, Jack Davis did a thing called Lucky Star. That was the first work that Jack Davis ever did. He came up from Georgia, and Frank gave him the book to do. These were little books, maybe 7" high by 3" wide, 32 pages. They were very small digest books. And Frank did a thing called Do-Do, which was about a clown. I lettered that and a few other things. Once in a while, he'd let me do a story of Do-Do that he would ink, so it didn't look like what I penciled anyway.

I was doing everything from getting coffee to doing layouts, erasing pages, making corrections...whatever he needed. Frank was married, and his wife was related to a publisher. I don't remember which publisher. He did comics and animation. He was fast enough, and good enough, to do both jobs. He was really a workaholic. He had a studio in an ad agency on Park Avenue, and I worked there with him. After school was over for the day, I would go over to Frank's studio instead of going home. I would get home, seven o'clock, eight o'clock, whenever I finished.Teen Comics 27

Carin had space the ad agency with Ben Brown and Dave Gantz at 270 Park Avenue."

Dave Gantz told that Carin's last name was really Carino, and his wife made him drop the "o" because she thought "Carino" was too ethnic.

"Yes. She was Jewish, and at that time I guess ethnicity was a concern of hers. I don't know how they met, but she was [very controlling of] him.

We did a lot of small talk, and of course we'd talk some politics, but mostly it was about the comics business, because he had worked for Timely comics. He worked for Terrytoons out of New Rochelle, New York. That was another thing! When I graduated high school, I won the Paul Terry Award, which was a drawing table. And then I also won the Superman/DC award, which was a drawing table.

Frank was quiet, but talkative; not a joke teller. He was a serious guy. If you were with him one-to-one, he would be talkative. If there was a bunch of people, he would be very quiet. He was a good guy, patient and very generous. Around Christmastime, he said, "Get that envelope over there". So I took it and I said, "What do I do with it, Frank? He said, "Put it in your pocket." I said "What?" He said "Merry Christmas." I was just happy working or just hanging around there. You know, I wasn't getting any kind of money. It was twenty bucks in the envelope. That was a tremendous amount of money back then.

I worked for him maybe two years, because his volume of work slowed, and not that he was paying me that much, but he couldn't afford it and there was nothing for me to do. So the same woman who told me about Frank told me that Avon was looking for somebody to be an assistant, so I went there, too.

I'd call Frank Carin on occasion or he would call me, just to see how everything was. And like I said, he was not doing comics. He was doing single cel animation that he called "telops," and he was doing story-boards. He was out of the comic book area. I only found out that he passed away a few years ago...we just lost track."

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