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April 21, 2012
Early sales of FOUR-COLOR FROLIC COMICS disappoint the publisher, a barrel-chested, weak-kneed former stevedore named Mark Mansk, late of New York Harbor, later still of a steamy Bowery flop. It is Mansk's sister, Eleanor, a seamstress, who’d propped Mansk up in publishing, leveraging a lucrative side business: letting Dutch and Irish itinerant workers heft a Spanish doubloon she'd won in 1935 as a tip from J.G. Minnifred Walsh, then a titan in the shirtblacking industry; and he, Mansk, was eager, out of dumb brute pride, perhaps, to repay her largesse: $8 and half a shepherd’s pie.