Saturday, September 21, 2019

Dear Bloggins

Saturday Leftover Day.

I have shown some of these columns before and I have to admit they are something of a Holy Grail for me. In 1944 Milt Gross started doing a series of (mostly) weekly illustrated columns for the KIng Features Sunday section The Pictorial Review. It was not the only such regular series, others were done by George Dixon (with illustrations by Otto Soglow) and Bugs Bear (with illustrations by Virgil Partch). others included writing by Damon Runyan and illustrations by Ralph Stein. Dear Dollink was a continuation of Gross' 1926 book Nize Baby, in which a Jiddish momma talks to her newborn child in a heavy JIddish/American accent. Actually, Gross developed his own writing style for that and resused it for Dollink where a Jiddish momma wrties to her son in the army. In 1945 there was a book with the same name, but I never was able to figure out if these were the same stories and illustrations he used for Pictorial Review. If he did, there were many more than would have fit into that book. But since the war was over, I guess one book was enough.

I have always wanted to try and get all of these pages and see if they could be truned into a complete collection. That would be hard to do, because of the huge amount of text (and how hard it is to read). The book woud either have to be as big as the Review (to ensure the letters are visible) or the whole thing would have to be recut in some way. The illustrations are as good as you can expect from Gross at that point in his career. The text is funny, but it can be a bit much to take.

I am curious what you all think...

Monday, September 16, 2019

Inspect Her Gadget

Monday Surprise Me Day.

I have to admit that I have shown samples of today's treat before, but those were only dailies and black and white microfiche scans. Teena-A-Go-Go is the last big project by Bob Powell before he sadly died of cancer in 1967. Writer Bessy Little had been involved with girl magazines from the forties on. She first worked for the teenage and women magazines from Martin Goodman's Timely/Atlas comics, stuff like both the comic book and the magazine version of Miss America. By the early sixties she had become the editor of the popular girls' magazine Teen Life, which was mostly made up with articles and photo features about the popular pop band heroes of the day. Early in she introduced comics to that magazine as well, using Bob Powell for various short stories (one of which, featuring Herman and the Hermits) I have shown here before. She also started the black and white Teen-A-Go-Go strip with Powell, often using a small image of the titular hero on the cover. Around the same time, or slightly thereafter, she managed to sell a newspaper strip version of the same strip, which ran daily and Sunday for most of 1966. I had seen some of those dailies (and showed them here) but recently I came across a couple of Sundays, which were even more impressive than I thought from the black and white copies I saw. I will try and find some more dailies to ad to this, but for now, just feast your eyes.

I also found an online source for this strip, so I have added the first few Sundays in black and white. If you come back in a couple of months I will probably have added the rest of it's five month run. I do. ot yet have the accompanying dailies, but it seems to me that the dailies and Sundays had seperate storylines. As noted in the comments, the second story here is exceptionel in the fact that it shows a catfight between women over a flimsy dress and ends up with one of them in her bra. However that got past the cencors we'll never know. Maybe Bessy Little's track recond and seniority helped.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

You Never Walk Alone

Sunday Revisit Day.

Today another set of strips from a series I have shown before. In fact, if you go an follow the link you will find many weeks of samples for this very funny forgotten Mort Walker strip, Mrs. FItz' Flat. Made at the time when the Mort Walker team (including Jerry Dumas and artist Frank Roberge) were firing on all cilinders on Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois as well (with Sam's Strip only a couple of years away).

Friday, September 13, 2019

There's An AP For That

Saturday Leftover Day.

Hank Barrow was an interesting artist, who worked at the AP bullpen like (and sometimes alongside) Milt Caniff, Mel Graf, Noel Sickles and George Wunder. I have show some of his stuff here earlier, including a long run following Milt Caniff on The Gay Thirties, many of his political cartoon from a private stash I have from 1941 to 1944 and what I consider his best solo work - the illustrations for the late forties Sundy only feature Things To Come. He also did spot illustrations and specialty pieces for AP - some of which I have show as well, but I found a couple new ones. I also cme across his obituary from 1985 and from that, some of his earliest work for a local paper in 1930.

Here are two originals for Things To Come I came across earlier this year. If there is one thing you want to take a look at in my links underneath, it's this delightful and totally forgotten feature.

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Hail To The Cap

Monday Surprise Day.

For today's "I bet you never saw that before" I have an incomplete set of a very rare and very local science fiction strip. Not very special, just another Milt Caniff knock-off. But the kicker comes in the article that starts this little strip (which ran only for a couple of months, anyway). In it he mentions that he sold another strip that will start in twon months. Does anyone know what that is and where it would have been published? Anyway, neither of them seems to have worked, because JOhnson returned to Al Capp, for whom he had inked in the forties - and stayed on as an inker at Capp's Little Abner Studios as an inker. Includes the last one.

All You Can Bear

Sunday Nostalgia Day.

Since Sunday is the day to show you stuff from strips I coveered before, here are all of the 1964 Yogi Bear gags I haven't yet shown. And yes, there is more to come. As I said before, Yogi Bear was published in one of the magazines I read as a kid and it has a special appeal to me.