Spotlight on Lee Falk - The Creating Years
Lee Falk at the drawing board
photo by Will Dickey
Most of what is written about Lee Falk contains anecdotes, especially about the period he created Mandrake the Magician and The Phantom. This article is an attempt to look into the years before Lee Falk moved to New York, using what is available of additional material from other source than Lee Falk himself.
- 1 First
- 1.1 Facts
- 1.2 Excerpts of interviews
- 1.2.1 1939 Phil Davis
- 1.2.2 1946 Lee Falk
- 1.2.3 1947 Lee Falk
- 1.2.4 1948 Phil Davis
- 1.2.5 1949 Lee Falk
- 1.2.6 1949 Phil Davis
- 1.2.7 1955 Lee Falk
- 1.2.8 1964 Lee Falk
- 1.2.9 1966 Lee Falk
- 1.2.10 1970 Lee Falk
- 1.2.11 1972 Lee Falk
- 1.2.12 1975 Lee Falk
- 1.2.13 1978 Lee Falk
- 1.2.14 1984 Lee Falk
- 1.2.15 1985 Lee Falk
- 1.2.16 1986 Lee Falk
- 1.2.17 1988 Lee Falk
- 1.2.18 1996 Lee Falk
- 1.2.19 2010 Fred Fredericks
- 2 What really happened
- 3 The Growing Anecdote
- 4 Note
- 5 References
- Leon Harrison Gross was born April 28, 1911.
- After his mother's marriage in 1913 he was known as Leon Harrison Epstein.
- He attended Soldan High School September 2 1924, at age 13.
- He attended the Univesity of Illinois autumn 1928, at age 17.
- He became 19 years on April 28 1930 and 20 years on April 28 1931.
- He graduated the Univesity of Illinois spring 1932, at age 21.
- He copyrighted Mandrake the Magician on April 7 1934, at age 22.
- He changed his name to Leon Harrison Epstein Falk (Lee Falk) in 1934.
- The first Phantom strip appeared on February 17 1936, when Lee Falk was 24 years old.
Excerpts of interviews
1939 Phil Davis
In the first known inteview with Phil Davis he said that Lee Fak came with his idea for an adventure strip, suggesting a partnership. Phil Davis worked out the physical appearance of characters in a story which he figured could be serialized indefinitely, and made up some samples. Then the part of Falk's stake was to finance his own trip to New York City to try to sell it. Phil Davis said he sublets part of his pen work to a pen and ink draftsman, and another part time worker did the lettering, adding: "I used to do it all myself"
1946 Lee Falk
In the "Feature Book" #46 there is an article presenting Lee Falk. In this, Clark Kinnaird start by making a point out of that one of the few things Lee Falk could not do is that he could not draw. Lee Falk said that after graduating from the university he did work as a refrigerator salesman and as copywriter. One of the assignment given to him by the agency was to write baloons for a series of comic strip advertisements being drawn by Carl Schultze (known for Foxy Grandpa).
1947 Lee Falk
In an interview for "The Australian Women's Weekly" Lee Falk said: "On arrival I made a quick decision," he said. "I went straight to King Features SYndicate because they were the biggest outfit. "I showed my strip to the boss, started to put over my high-pressure sales talk, but after looking at it for five minutes he stopped me, said, 'We'll take it.'" Back in St. Louis, young artist Phil Davis, who had done the drawings for the trial strip, shared Falk's triumph.
1948 Phil Davis
To Bert Dale Phil Davis said he was doing art work for an advertising agency in St. Louis in 1934, and one of his buddies there was a copywriter named Lee Falk. One day Falk started to talk about comic strips, and an idea about a comic strip with a magician as the principal character. Lee Falk convinced Phil there was a big market waiting. He was willing to write the continuity, and would make a trip to New York to sell the new strip. If Phil would draw the usual two-week series to be submitted. Phil was willing to try his hand and the first Mandrake went down on paper. Falk went to New York, made one call on King Features Syndicate, and Mandrake was sold. Phil Davis recalls: "I nearly killed myself in Mandrake's first year-working 14 hours every day, and 5 hours on Sunday besides! There's a lot of difference between taking a week to do one drawing for an advertisement - and doing 24 complete drawings for six comic strips!
1949 Lee Falk
In KFS' official biography, "Famous Artists and Writers", from 1949 it is written a bit more about the time before the creation of Mandrake: After Lee Falk's graduation from the University of Illinois, he spent three or four years writing copy and direct radio shows for an advertising company in St. Louis. The idea for Mandrake came to him in 1934. He hunted up Phil Davis and whipped out the first strips. Then, in the spring of 1936, Lee got the idea for the Phantom.
1949 Phil Davis
In "Famous Artists and Writers" Phil Davis was asked about if he used himself as a model for Mandrake, Davis just grinned and said nothing.
To Ogden J Rochelle Phil Davis told that: "The strip was hatched when Lee Falk, a St. Louis advertising agency executive, asked Davis to draw a dozen panels on a speculative basis. Davis agreed and in 1934 Falk took the idea to New York and sold it."
1955 Lee Falk
To Byron Bentley Lee Falk said that he was working for an advertising agency in St. Louis. The owners of the agency were two brothers, sons of a retired distiller. For the new station KMOX he assiduously wrote, directed and produced three or four scripts a day. When he dreamed up Mandrake he got Phil Davis, a commercial artist in a neighboring office, to draw a few samples. Falk took a month off from the agency and went East, and when he returned he found a contract for a daily and Sunday comic strip. A year later came the idea and the contract for the Phantom.
1964 Lee Falk
When Lee Falk visited his boyhood home in 1964 he told Lois Caplan that he started his early writing as editor of the Soldan High School weekly and later on with the University of Illinois "Daily Illini". He did work in radio, as a partner in an advertising agency with Louis Westheimer. He did four or five radio shows daily, and that his favorite was a program called "Heart to Heart" in which he dramatized actual love letters sendt to the station by listeners. Through Harry Tuthill's suggestion Lee Falk found his way to King Features Syndicate. When he at age 21 headed New York he had two weeks with Mandrake under one arm and a play and several short stories under the other.
1966 Lee Falk
Lee Falk told Alain Resnais that he worked at an advertisement agency writing radio scripts and Phil Davis worked at the same place. One day Lee Falk talked to Phil Davis about the idea to write comics script, and they prepared 14 strips, two weeks of publication. After that Lee Falk went to New York to offer them to an agent. And Falk added: "For the face I was Phil Davis' model. Phil have given Mandrake my face.".
1970 Lee Falk
During a visit to Buenos Aires (Argentina), Lee Falk was interviewed by the weekly magazine "Siete Días Ilustrados". He said: "One day, when I was about 19 years old, I was quite bored." I looked in the mirror and was very surprised; I had an interesting, mysterious face. Then I thought: with this you can make a good comic.
1972 Lee Falk
To Guido Gerosa Lee Falk said he did everything on the two first weeks of Mandrake, he wrote the dialouge and drew it all himself. Then he met Phil Davis, who entuiastisk said Falk had to show them to some publisher. Then Lee Falk went to New York. Lee Falk wanted to finish the University[footnotes 1] and found that he could not handle all the work himself. So he asked Phil Davis whetever he wanted to take over the drawing, and the first thing Davis did was to give Mandrake Falk's face.
1975 Lee Falk
In 1975 Lee Falk said he was 19[footnotes 2], and had still a couple of years to go at the University of Illinois, when he wrote and drew up a couple of weeks of the strip. Then he came east with his father during a vacation and offered them to KFS. For the Phantom he sketched up some Phantom drawings and Ray Moore took it from there.
1978 Lee Falk
During a visit to Norway in 1978 Lee Falk told while he still was at the College (?) he wrote and draw himself. After a while he got Phil Davis to take over the drawing on Mandrake. And then Falk asked Phil Davis' assistant, Ray Moore, to take over the drawing on the Phantom.
To Max Millard Lee Falk said that he in the beginning did both the drawing and the writing himself. He added: "Then for a long time I used to make rough sketches and give them to my artists, he recall. Now I just give a description of each panel."
1984 Lee Falk
To Ulf Granberg Lee Falk said he created Mandrake when he was 19 and still at High School (?). He found the look of Mandrake in the mirror and drew the first strip himself for the school paper. He sold the Mandrake strip to KFS, but quicly realized his shortcomming as an artist, and contacted Phil Davis.
1985 Lee Falk
To Anthony Tollin Lee Falk told almost the same story as to Ulf Granberg, but added: "I asked Phil if he could work with me for a while untill I graduated." Lee Falk also said he sketched out the costyme and character design for the Phantom, and then Ray Moore draw the new strip.
1986 Lee Falk
To Ulf Granberg Lee Falk said: "Yes, I drew the Mandrake strip myself the first couple months".
1988 Lee Falk
To Hal Schuster Lee Falk told that he created Mandrake in 1934. He was 19 and still attending the University of Illinois. He drew the first couple weeks of Mandrake (the two first weeks he first sold to KFS) and went on and did some more, but since he still was at the University he needed some help and got Phil Davis to help him. Lee Falk said that at first he did the layout and Phil Davis the inking.
When the Phantom followed Ray Moore did the layout when Lee Falk was at school, and Lee Falk did only the layouts he could after he got home from school.
Lee Falk also said he did the first weeks of the Phantom, but '"it was too much"...
1996 Lee Falk
In 1996 Ulf Granberg published an interview with Lee Falk where Falk told that in the initial period he wrote the script and made sketches on both Mandrake and the Phantom. In the end of 1935 Falk could present a scenario and sketches based on a character in grey suit and black mask. To develope the figure he said he had to stop making sketches on Mandrake, and that Phil Davis hardly needed them either. Ray Moore was Davis' assistant on inking the Mandrake strip and was willing try his hands on the new strip. In the beginning Falk said, he did the script and sketched the Phantom strip while Ray Moore did the inking. Lee Falk said that Phil's pencil was so carfully worked out they could be used as originals, and if Ray missed just a tenth of a millimeter when inking over the pencils Phil was ready to have his assistant's head on a plate.
2010 Fred Fredericks
Fred Fredericks told an anecdote about how he teached Lee Falk to make fast and easy sketches of Mandrake and The Phantom: "He was always asking me to teach him to make a simple sketch for fans who would ask for one... Something fast, easy! I suggested a top hat (Mandrake) and a mask (Phantom) side by side. He liked the idea, I don't know if he ever used it..."
What really happened
1924 - 1928 Soldan High School
In 1924 Leon H Epstein was 13 years old and attended the Soldan High School. According to the Soldan High School's yearbook from 1928 he was a member of the Writer's Club and active in the student newspaper "Scrippage". It is unknown if any issues of Scrippage from theese years still exists. A poem by Leon H Epstein is printed in the yearbook of 1928, but there is nothing indicating that he made sketches or drawings.
1928 - 1932 University of Illinois
At the Univesity of Illinois Leon H Epstein was involved in two student newspapers. He started as one of the night assistants for "The Daily Illini" in 1928 (October 6), and for a short time in 1930 (September 10 to October 11) he was one of the junior news editors. In "The Hillel Post" issue of February 26 1931 there is an article about the resignment of Leon H Epstein, writing that he had served as their editor-in-chif for a year and a half.
Browsing through "The Daily Illini" for the years 1928-1932 serveral articles in the period March 1929 to April 1930 are signed Leon H Epstein, but none of the articles are illustrated. No drawings or something looking like Mandrake the Magician or similar cartoons/comics are to be found in this period.
1932 - 1933 Copywriter for an advertising agency
After his graduation spring 1932 he started working as an icemaker and refrigerator salesman. It does not seem that he succeed as a salesman and early October 1932 there is an ad in the "St. Louis Post-Dispatch": Students desiring tutoring in French, Latin, Greek or English lit. call Leon Harrison Epstein. CA 3658. So it looks like Leon H. Epstein start working as a copywriter for an advertising agency late 1932 or early 1933.
Lee Falk said one of the assignment given to him by the agency was to write balloons for a series of comic strip advertisements being drawn by Carl Schultze (known for Foxy Grandpa). There was an ad campaign in Missouri early 1932 with the text "Foxy Grandpa Says-" below a picture of Foxy Grandpa. But about this time Lee Falk was 20 and still at the University and it was before he started his work as an copywriter. Besides these ads were not comic strip with ballons.
Although, in St. Louis about 1933-1934 there were advertising comic stips in some newspapers, but none were made by Carl E Schultze. Schultze said in 1935 that an adverticing company had an option on the character (Foxy Grandpa), but he did not mentioned if there actually had been made any advertising comic stips based on Foxy Grandpa.
Lee Falk mentioned that he was a partner in an advertising agency with Louis Westheimer, and that the advertising agency was owned by two brothers, sons of a retired distiller. Looking closer at the radio scripts he copyrighted spring 1933 to spring 1934 a second name is mentioned: Louis E. Westheimer. Louis had a brother, Samuel, and their father was Benjamin Westheimer, retired from the liquor industy. [footnotes 3]
In 1932 both Samuel Westheimer and Louise Kanazeriff were in the cast of the Little Theatre's 1932 summer outdoor production, "The Little Clay Cart". While Louis E. Westheimer acted and was activ in the "Crypt Club", an organization of; actors, playworkers and board of directors of the "Little Theatre" of St. Louis.
The first mention of Louis E. Westheimer's role as agency is October 1932, and with office in the Louderman Building. For radio on May 1933, when they signed Berland Shoe Co for WGN's "Heart to Heart Club", a 15 - minute program Monday nights for 52 weeks from May 8.
The "Heart to Heart Club" series started at KMOX (St. Louis) January 19, 1933. In February the series introduced Miss Ethel King, formerly a Federal mails censor. The last episode of "Heart to Heart Club" on KMOX was heard on December 31, 1933.
Lee Falk said in 1955 that he for KMOX wrote, directed and produced three or four scripts a day. In 1964 he said he did four or five radio shows daily, and that his favorite was a program called "Heart to Heart" in which he dramatized actual love letters sendt to the station by listeners.
The "Heart to Heart Club" was 15-minute once a week with several of the "love and life problems" presented in dramatic form. So it is more likely that Lee Falk scripted this and other radio shows, and that Louis E. Westheimer most likely was involved in the producing and directing. Also knowing that Lee Falk started directing and producing plays for his summer theatres mid 40s.
In Chicago[footnotes 5] WGN started airing the "Heart to Heart Club" series and invited listeners to send in their own problems, which then would be dramatized over the air or answered personally by Miss King. The "Heart to Heart Club" was build around the many problems of love and life. Several of the problems was presented in dramatic form and the expert on affairs of the heart, Miss Ethel King, answered the problems. In addition to Pierre Andre, who announced the program and presented the questions to Miss King, a cast of Chicago artists were signed to present the dramatic episodes of the program. The WGN concert orchestra was also heard on the program. The last episode was heard in Chicago in the fall/winter season 1933-34.
1934 - 1936 The Creating Years
Serveral times Lee Falk said that he brought with him the "two first weeks" of the new Mandrake strip to New York. Then, when he returned to St. Louis he found the contract from King Features Syndicate for the Mandrake strip. In the "Social News" column in "The Modern View" on can read:
"Mr. Albert Epstein and son, Mr. Leon Harrison Epstein, returned last Friday from a two and a half weeks' trip to New York. While in the east young Epstein submitted some of his literary and comic strip work to publishers and received very flattering commendation"
Looking at the calendar for the year 1934 Leon traveled to New York on the 12th (or 13th/14th) of March, and returned to St. Louis on the 29th of March. The unsigned "first two weeks" must have been made by in February or early March. Phil Davis said  that he did the "two first weeks" samples Lee Falk brought with him to New York. In 1966 Lee Falk said: "For the face I was Phil Davis' model. Phil have given Mandrake my face.".
When he copyrighted the Mandrake strip the name of Phil Davis was not mentioned, indicating that they had not made any agreements on what would happen if Lee Falk succeeded in selling the "Mandrake the Magician" strip. This might be why Al Parker said that Lee Falk first offered the strip to him, and why it is said Lee Falk hired Phil Davis as the artist on Mandrake.
Anyhow, the first new Mandrake strip was printed in the newspapers on June 25. Taken into account that Phil Davis later was about 4-6 weeks ahead the printing date this strip must have been made about early-mid May. Leaving April to make the agreement between Lee Falk and Phil Davis; make time for Lee Falk to work on the idea and script, make time for Phil Davis to finish his commitments as a freelance commercial artist.
According to Lee Falk, and confirmed by Claire Moore, Ray Moore assisted Phil Davis on Mandrake when he start working on Lee Falk's new strip, The Phantom. The first new Phantom strip was printed in the newspapers on March 2, 1936. Taken into account about 4-6 weeks ahead the printing date this strip must have been made about mid January. Then, it is likely that the unsigned "first two weeks" of The Phantom were made in second part of 1935. About the time Phil Davis worked on "The Werewolf"" and the "Land of the Little People".
Phil Davis described his work process into four separate parts:
- light roughing out the action and characters for each strip in pencil
- repenciling the drawings in heavier lines
- inking, tracing the pencil lines
- inking the letters
Phil Davis focused on the pencil work, using assistants for the lettering and inking his heavy pencil lines. As Lee Falk said it: "Phil's pencil was so carfully worked out they could be used as originals. If Ray missed just a tenth of a millimeter when inking over the pencils Phil was ready to have his assistant's head on a plate." In light of Phil Davis' working process it seems strange that Lee Falk mentioned that he did layouts and sketches on the Mandrake strip, while Phil Davis did the ink. It would be odd if Phil Davis was the ink assistant in the beginning of Mandrakes first period.
If other than Phil Davis did most of the pencil work, this should have been seen in some panels or strips. Focusing on; layout, characters anatomy or appearance, background details, inking, lettering and on, there is nothing indicating different styles during the stories in the years 1934 to 1936. Artistic there are no differences between "the two first" weeks of Mandrake or The Phantom and the weeks that follows. For The Phantom Claire Moore told Ed Rhoades that Ray Moore with help from four or five St. Louis artists developed the Phantom's appearance. This in contrast to Lee Falk who said he sketched out the costyme and character design for the Phantom.
Also Clark Kinnaird made a point out of that one of the few things Lee Falk could not do was that he could not draw. Fred Fredericks indicated the same when he told that Lee Falk asked him to teach him to make a simple sketch for fans who would ask for one.
There exist one photo of Lee Falk were he sits at board with a pencil, but the drawing sheet is empty. The only known artistic work made by Lee Falk are a few autographs with sketches of The Phantom and Mandrake's top hat from the early 90's, presumably as a result of the conversation(s) Fred Fredericks mentioned.
The Growing Anecdote
One may wonder why Lee Falk conscious or unconscious contributed to the growing anecdote about his active part as an artist on the early Mandrake and Phantom stories.
Through the 60s and 70s the comic genre slowly became recognized as a medium and an art form in its own right, and got a growing cultural status. In this, the focus was mainly on the artist as a cartoonist. And there was disagreement about the authors being counted as cartoonists.
Historians began to focus on the origins of the comics, and they recognized Mandrake the Magician as one of the first newspaper adventure comics. The Phantom was a bit more difficult, although he was the first costumed heroes in comic strips. With the first The Phantom strip printed in newspapers in 1936 he predated both Superman (1938) and Batman (1939). But even though Superman debuted as a comic character in 1938, historians found that Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster had worked on the Superman idea from early 1933.
In this situation, Lee Falk was interviewed.
For a reader an interview is a written excerpts of a face to face question and answer communication between two persons. One find this a bit more complicated if one draw a transactional model of communication to illustrate an interview, based on Barlund:
Before a face to face interview the interviewer trying to prepair himself to gain knowledge of the interviewee. Until quite recently little was know about the creators of Mandrake and The Phantom, and background knowledge was difficult to obtain. In a face to face interview on have to have in mind that people differ with different backgrounds and experiences. Concepts and understanding of words are also perceived differently. Also, as the years go by, the details and order of what happened decades ago gradually disappears and/or are often mixed together.
Without doubt, Lee Falk had seen how Phil Davis and Ray Moore worked in the mid-thirties. It may be that he also tried to learn to draw, along with Phil Davis. But afterwards, his involvment in the Mandrake and The Phantom strips was as the writer of the script. Decades later, it is uncertain whether he had knowledge of the subject expressions used by "today's" artists and their work processes.
Looking at the transactional model this is the noise in the encoding/decoding process in the interview.
Slowly Lee Falk's doodles, to explain scenes in the script before he developed a more written "movie script" way of doing it, became layouts and sketches. Also the creating year for Mandrake and The Phantom was pushed farther backwards in time.
- Lee Falk graduated from the Univerity of Illinos in 1932
- Lee Falk was born April 28, 1911. So he was 19 in 1930.
- Interesting the "Louis Westheimer & Co" had their office at the Louderman Building, same place were Phil Davis rented a studio
- Although Lee Falk is mentioned as the voice of Miss King it would be strange for radio listeners if Miss King had a male voice
- It is unknown if Lee Falk was involved in the production in Chicago
- Gardner Tom, "Phantom character's fate is in hands of creator Lee Falk", The Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, Alabama) 24 June 1983. p 1C and 9C
- Marguerite Martyn (1939). "The Man Who Draws Mandrake", Post-Dispatch (Every Sunday), August 30 1939, 3D
- Kinnaird Clark (1946), "Meet Lee Falk Creator of Mandrake the Magician", Feature Book no 46 1946, p
- "Writer and artist who created Mandrake", The Australian Women's Weekly, 14 Jun 1947, p 29
- Dale Bert (1948), "Meet Phil Davis", The OPEN ROAD for Boy's, February 1948, p 34-36
- "Lee Falk", Famous Artists and Writers, King Features Syndicat 1949, p
- "Phil Davis", Famous Artists and Writers, King Features Syndicat 1949, p
- Rochelle Ogden J (1949). "Mandrake and Narda Look Like Creators" Editor & Publisher, January 22 1949 p
- Bentley Byron (1955), "Mandrake’s Alter Ego", Theatre Arts (USA), September 1955, p 74-75, 90
- Caplan Lois (1964), "The Phantom' Returns", St. Louis Jewish Light (St. Louis, Missouri), August 19 1964, p 1, 15
- Resnais Alain (1966), "La Disturba il Fumetto?", L’Europeo (Italy), 25 August 1966, p 33-37
- "Lee Falk - El hombre que saco a Nandrake de la galera", Siete Días Ilustrados (Argentina), 21 December 1970, p ?-?
- Gerosa Guido (1972), "I maestri del fumetto - L'uomo che creo' Mandrake", L’Europeo (Italy), 20 January 1972, p 42-47
- "The Phantom", Cartoonist Profiles, September 1975, no 27, p 20-24
- Nerem Ann-Louis (1978), "Fantomets far i Norge", Serieleseren (Norway), 1978 No 3, p 3-6
- Millard Max (1978), "Westsider - Lee Falk ", 100 New Yorkers (USA), 1978, p?
- Granberg Ulf (1985), "Samtal med serieskapare", Fantomen (Semic Press, Sweden), 1985 No 24-25, p ?
- Tollin Anthony (1985), "A Visit with Lee Falk", Comic Buyer’s Guide (USA), February 1986, p ?
- Granberg Ulf (1986), "Team Fantomen presenterar Lee Falk", Fantomen (Semic Press, Sweden) 1986 no 2, p ?
- Schuster Hal (1988), "Interview with Falk", King Comic Heroes (USA), 1988
- Granberg Ulf (1996) ,"Om Fantomen - ett samtal med Lee Falk", Fantomen - En odödlig legend (Semic Press, Sweden) 1996, p ?
- Fredericks Fred (2010), "Some notes on Lee", Fantomen - Från lila vålnad till blågul hjälte, The Scandinavian Chapter of the Lee Falk Memorial Bengali Explorers Club, 2010, p 94
- "The Script" (St Louis US), January 1928, p 32
- Mikalson Job B (1941) "Smilet i avisspaltene, De humoristiske tegneseriene" Aftenposten (Oslo Norway) 22 March 1941, p 15-19
- "Instruction", St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri) 9 Oct 1932, p 41
- "Advertisement", Moberly Monitor-Index (Moberly, Missouri) 7 Jan 1932, p 5
- "Foxy Grandpa on Relif", St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri) 26 Apr 1935, p 3
- "Cast is Selected for The Little Clay Cart", The St. Louis Star and Times (St. Louis, Missouri) 25 Jun 1932, p 14
- "Cryptic Club Ends Season With Play Day", St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri) 19 Jun 1932, p 19
- "L. E. Westheimer Opening Agency", St. Louis Globe-Democrat (St. Louis, Missouri), 02 Oct 1932, p 15
- "The Business of Broadcasting, Station Accounts", Broadcasting 15 May 1933, p 22
- "Radio Tonight", The St. Louis Star and Times (St. Louis, Missouri) 19 Jan 1933, p 8
- "Radio Burlesque of Legislators", St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri) 5 Feb 1933, p 46
- "New Year's Day Programs", St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri) 31 Dec 1933, p 18
- Mikalson Job B (1941), "Smilet i avisspaltene, De humoristiske tegneseriene" Aftenposten (Oslo Norway) 22 March 1941, p 15-19
- "Ethel King has Solution for Love Problems", Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) 14 May 1933, p 72
- "Heart to Heart Club Will Solve Love Problems", Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) 07 May 1933, p 71
- "Social News", The Modern View (St. Louis, Missouri) 5 April 1934, p 14
- Library of Congress Copyright Office, Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 4 - Works of Art, Etc. New Series, 1934, 66
- Hallock Robert (editor 1977), Illustrators 18: The eighteenth annual of American illustration (New York, Hastings House for the Society of Illustrators), An Attic Trunk of Anecdotes - words and music by Al Parker - Tree on the roof, p ?
- Tollin Anthony (1985), "A Visit with Lee Falk", Comic Buyer’s Guide (USA), February 1986, p ?
- Frederick Fred (2010), "Some notes on Lee", "Fantomen - Från lila vålnad till blågul hjälte", The Scandinavian Chapter of the Lee Falk Memorial Bengali Explorers Club, 2010, p 94
- Gardner Tom (1983), "Phantom character's fate is in hands of creator Lee Falk", The Montgomery Advertiser (Alabama, Montgomery) 24 June 1983, p 21