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Texas Kid #1Peter A. Morisi (7 January 1928, Brooklyn, New York City – 12 October 2003, Staten Island, New York City), who sometimes went by the pseudonym PAM, is an American comic book writer  and artist  who also spent much of his professional life as a New York City Police Department  officer. He is best known as creator of the 1960s Charlton Comics series Peter Cannon ... Thunderbolt, a thoughtful superhero comic that contained some of the earliest respectful invocations of Eastern mysticism in American pop culture.

 

Born and reared in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, Morisi was educated at the High School of Industrial Arts (since renamed the High School of Art and Design), and the Cartoonists and Illustrators School (now the School of Visual Arts), both in Manhattan. He broke into comics as an assistant on the comic strips Dickie Dare  and The Saint, and had just started at Fox Comics in 1948 when he was drafted and served as a private in the U.S. Army through 1950. Comics historian Mark Evanier has written that Morisi worked in the Harvey Comics production department alongside future comics artist Don Heck in 1949.  Stationed in Colorado, Morisi wrote for such Fox romance and crime comics as Feature Presentations Magazine and Murder Incorporated.Pete Morisi

 

On his return, Morisi freelanced for companies including Comic Media, Harvey Comics, Fiction House, Lev Gleason Publications, Nesbitt Publishers, Quality Comics, Toby Press and the Marvel Comics precursors Timely and Atlas, where his work appeared in titles including the Westerns Arizona Kid, Cowboy Romances and Texas Kid, and the horror/suspense anthologies Astonishing, Journey into Mystery, Marvel Tales, Strange Tales and Uncanny Tales. In 1954, when editor-in-chief Stan Lee expressed admiration for the cover artist of some Comic Media books, Morisi brought in the artist, his friend and future Silver Age star Heck.

 

In 1956, Morisi fulfilled a childhood dream of joining the police force, and became an NYPD cop stationed in Brooklyn and in lower Manhattan. To avoid the department knowing he was moonlighting, however legally, Morisi began signing his work only with his initials — PAM, the "M" rendered without connectors, as "|||". He retired from the force in 1976.

 

Texas Kid #2Morisi's character Thunderbolt debuted in Peter Cannon ... Thunderbolt #1 (Jan. 1966), part of Charlton editor Dick Giordano's "Action Heroes" superhero line. The series then took over the numbering of the defunct title Son of Vulcan, and ran from issue #50-60 (March–April 1966 - Nov. 1967), by which time Morisi, time-pressed with police work, had turned it over to other hands. When DC Comics bought the rights to Charlton's superhero properties in 1983, Thunderbolt was one of the characters originally planned for use in writer Alan Moore's miniseries Watchmen; when DC chose to save those characters for other uses, Moore adapted him into Ozymandias (Adrian Veidt).

DC published the 12-issue, slightly retitled miniseries Peter Cannon — Thunderbolt (Sept. 1992 - Aug. 1993) by writer-penciler Mike Collins and inker José Marzan Jr. Rights to the character later reverted to Morisi.

Morisi settled in the Dongan Hills section of Staten Island in 1973. There he drew illustrations for the column "Staten Island Stats" in the local newspaper The Staten Island Advance. His wife of 53 years, the former Louise Massie, died in May 2003. They had three sons: Steven, Russ, and Val.

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