Date: Thursday, December 04, 2003
I recently reviewed your web site and
thought I'd drop you an e-mail. I am Harry Shorten's eldest
grandson. I knew about his involvement with Archie comics (I
had always been told that he was the creator, but I think that
someone else has taken credit for it, maybe Jon Goldwater?)
However, I never knew anything about Shield Action Comics. It was
certainly interesting to learn about this comic series and my
grandfather's contributions to it. Thanks for keeping his
memory alive on the web!
Robert L. Lemle
Date: Saturday, January 24, 2004
Harry Shorten bio
Here's a bio that I've worked up on my
grandpa...feel free to edit as you see fit. I will e-mail you a
picture as soon as I've had an opportunity to scan one in.
Remember, if you need to contact me, you can do so at:
Harry Shorten (1914-1991) Born to
Russian/Polish immigrants, Joseph and Leah Shorten in NY, NY.
Attended Thomas Jefferson H.S. and New York University in the
early 30's, where he starred as a halfback for their football
team. Nicknamed "Streaky." Married to Rose
Sadoff. Children Linda and Sue. Grandchildren
Robert and Laura Lemle and Andrew and Jonathan Proctor.
After a brief professional football career, he
began a career in writing and publishing. His first published
book was "How to Watch a Football Game," a guide for
husbands to assist them in teaching their wives the finer points of
sharing their interest.
In addition to being the creative force behind
The Shield and Archie comics, he created Tippy Teen comics and the feature
There Outta Be a Law (with partner Al Fagley). In the early
'60's, he founded Midwood Towers Publication, publishing paperback
pocketbooks and Afternoon TV Magazine. In the early '70's, he
created the Daytime TV Soap Awards, honoring the daytime drama
actors of the time.