As John’s 1965 résumé mentions, he wrote scripts for comic books in the late ’40s and early ’50s. One of the editors he worked with was Jerry Siegel, one of the creators of Superman — as John recalled, this was a thrill for him, since he’d been a Superman fan as a boy.
Much comic book work of the time was strictly buyouts without bylines, so John’s work is hard to trace. However, his own file of published material included this copy of Cinderella Love #10, published in 1950 by Ziff-Davis, and edited by Siegel.
Elly Graham falls hard for Clay Rickard, a carefree and unsuccessful artist. But then she finds out that he has a rich family and a fiancée, and flees, eyes streaming. By the fifth page, they’ve reconciled; his paintings are selling; and she accepts his marriage proposal as she melts into his arms. John, of course, lived in Greenwich Village, and loved the neighborhood and its history.
Here’s the rest of it, as well as a short story John wrote for the same comic, “Love’s Confession,” with his marginal comments.