Thursday, April 24, 2014


Friday Comic Book Day.

Now that more and more Timely comis are becoming available (illegally) online and Matvel itself has in fact stopped their regular reprint activities, I should go and see if I can get a complete online version of Harvey Kurtzman's Hey Look. The funniest one page series of it's time (although some might say Jack Cole comes a long way as well) and certainly on eof the stylistcly most influential ones. Kurtzman may have influenced a lot of people as the writer and driving force behind the early Mad, but the gags he drew befoe that on his own have always fascinated cartoonists around the world and I know many who have tried to imitate him when the rediscoverd them (when Denis Kitchen published a complete reprint of all strips in black and white). Still, there has never been a colo reprint, one of the problems being that the gags originally appeared in all sorts of books, some of them quite expensive and it must be hard to get a full collection to use.

So here are a couple to whet your appetites.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Put A Little Pep In Your Step

Wednesday Presentation Day.

Today is the presentation of my new (Dutch) book about the hsteory of the weekly comic magazine Pep. In it's early days, it was mostly know for the covers made for it's many forignbought strips (which included Asterix, Lucky Luke, Batman, Big Ben Bolt and Flash Gordon). Later it became the developing point of the new Dutch comic generation. Here are just a few of the earlier covers and some that show the contributons of the later Dutch artists.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tea and Crispies

Wednesday Advertising Day.

Two Kelloggs ads and three for Lipton Tea by Dik Browne I don't think I showed before.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Closer Then He thought

Monday Cartoon Day.

When Al Capp joined AP in 1932, he took over the Colonel Gilfeather panel from Dick Dugan and changed the name to Mr. Gilfeather. The character remained the same, a pompous blowhard. When Capp left later that year, the strip was continued by another new arrival, Milton Caniff. He kept the premiss the same for a vouple of months, but somewhere between february and July 1933 he started letting Gilfeather remenisce about his youth and in fact changed the premiss of the panel to Close To Home, a nostalgic panel in the manner of his idol H. T. Webster. I have shown Caniffs first panels some time ago, and some of his later nostalgic panels as well. But here are a couple of month I hadn't shown yet, when Gilfeather was still the main focus. The humor is repetative but the arwork shows that Caniff really was a remarkable artist. His style was changed forever when he met Noel Sickles, but underneath it all was a superb draftsman with a great sense of character, as we can see here. For more Close To Home follow the label.