I'm looking for any information I can find about Virginia "Ginny" Hubbell, a long time comic book writer from the Golden and Silver Ageof Comics who apparently ghost wrote an unidentified number of stories for Charles Biro at Lev Gleason.
Obviously, I'm a huge fan of Crimebuster and Boy Comics in particular. I've long touted Biro's writing as being highly underrated, as it's in depth character studies and subtle understanding of human emotion and motivation put those storie sona different level from other comics I have read from the Golden Age.
However, the more I read, the more clear it's becoming that some of not all of my favorite things about "Biro's" writing was actually done by Virginia Hubbell.
In the book Ten Cent Plague, Lev Gleason artist Pete Morisi states pretty unequivocally that he didn't think Biro was capable of writing the material put out under his byline, and says that Hubbell wrote almost all of it. He makes a point specificaly of noting that she was a student of human nature, while Biro couldn't have cared less.
An online article about Hubbell by Brian Cronin mentions that around 1951, a newspaper article about a play Hubbell had written noted that "...She produces on an average of six complete stories a month for Dare Devil Boy Comic magazines, good practice she says, for learning to tie up a plot with no loose ends."
Her obituary - which as far as i can tell is the main source for her wikipedia entry - said that "Under the name Virginia Hubbell she wrote much of the later content of Charles Biro's Daredevil and Boy Comics, as well as the notorious Crime Does Not Pay."
What I really want to find out is when she started writing Boy Comics in particular, and which issues and stories she worked on. So far, I haven't found any specific information, or any theories even. From these sources, though, it seems that she at least wrote "the later content" in Boy Comics, and based on the newspaper article, apparently had been doing this at least as early as 1951.
I can see a few clear break points in the writing on Boy Comics that are possible jumping on spots for Hubbell as a ghost writer. There's a drastic change in direction with #107 where Crimebuster stops being a crime fighter in the city and goes off to a rural college.
That issue certainly qualifies as "later content" but it isn't cover dated until January 1955. Another candidate would be one of my favorite issues, #60, which had a cover date of December, 1950. This gives Chuck a new "costume" where he loses the last superhero trappings of the book, while also bringing back his arch enemy Iron Jaw from the dead.
But I think it's possible that she could have been writing the series much earlier. Several references to Hubbell insist she worked on Crime Does Not Pay, and for me there's a clear uptick in writing quality on Boy Comics around #30 or so when the book goes into longer form crime stories that really dive into the motivations of the characters involved. That would put her on the title as far back as 1946 or earlier, though.
One final note: some of this information was mentioned in Alter Ego #162 recently; in there, they also quote another Lev Gleason artist, Bob Fujitani, as saying that Biro wrote a fair amount at first, but when the line expanded he couldn't write as much and began using ghost writrs that he would sign his name to. He cites Bob Bernstein as another writer who worked on both Daredevil and Boy Comics without credit, which further muddies the waters. Biro has himself said that he had to write less when Lev Gleason told him to double the size of the line, which Biro was editing by himself. This expansion seems to have happened around 1948, when the company began rolling out a slew of new titles - so that's another clue.
Anyway, if anyone has any information about Hubbell's work, or any other suggestions for when she started writing on these various titles, I would love to hear it!