Monday, June 27, 2016

Go Go Chicago

Thursday Story Strip Day.

Jed Cooper was a staple of the fifties and appeared in many papers. I never actually scanned it, because I found it a poor cousin to the Milton Caniff influenced strips and it's historical subject made it slightly boring. But when I came across the first few years of Richard Martin (Dick) Fletcher and Loyd Wendt' Sunday only strip, I changed my mind. At least it looked gorgeous back then. Fletcher also did Sugeon Stone before this strip, from which I have pretty much the whole run and will show some day in the future. Loyd Wendt was a Chicago journalist. It struck me that his last name is the same as Chicago born Cheers actor George Wendt, but there seems to be no connection.

Ad Add

Wednesday Advertising Day.

An interesting selection of comic strip ads I took from the website of the Chicago Tribune. Most of these are from series I have covered before (and I intend to make 'complete' collections of each of them). It was interesting to see how many weekly ads in the daily format were made in 1948/1952, explaining how some of the talent involved filled their week.

First off a daily ad by Harry Haenigson. It is know he worked for Johnstone and Cushing and some people have proposed that some of the ads I have attributed to either Dik Browne or Gill Fox (or indeed the both together) in his style were by Haenigson himself. Here we see that he was a lot less slick than Browne and/or Fox made him out to be.


Several artists worked on the Bond Street ads that were always used underneath Lou Fine's Philip Morris series. But this is the first by Jack Betts I have seen. This, like the next one, may look like a daily ad, but it was in color and one tier.


Bond Street by Frank Robbins.


Camels by Jack Betts, another rarity.


Pul Fung sr. has been suggested for this ad series. It certainly is too early for Paul Fung Jr. to have drawn this.


Jack Betts again, possibly inked by someone else.


Despite the fact that I have gone back and forth about who might have drawn this, all signs now point toward Paul Fung Jr. who drew the magnificently animated Blondie Sundays in the fifties.






An artist working in this style signes it Sargent elswhere.


So here we have either Dik Browne of Gill Box or both doing Haenigson for this delightful series I though I had completed.


Nestlé was Jack Betts' bread and butter.


I wish I had a complete set of these longrunning Pepsi Cops. These seem to be by Mal Eaton.


This earlier color sample may be by the originator of the series, Rube Goldberg.


But this one is certainly by Goldberg. Most old comic book collectors know the strip, because like Captain Tootsie and Lou Fine's Wildroot ads, it was recut and used in many different comics of the forties.


Philip Morris by Lou Fine. Follow the link for a longer post with all I have.


Postum was Lou Fine's other account.




Stan Drake is supposed to have done the Ipana Sundays, so maybe he did this one too.

Meanwhile, Somewhere Else In The Net...

Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

In Dutch we have a greta word for fish fishermen catch while they are actually fishing for something else. Google Translate tells me in English it is called bycatch, but I have actually never heard or seen it used. So here is the bycatch I didwhile scanning some larger projects: to Sundays of Mr. Mum and two from Ponytail. Biot illustrating why I find the period at the end of the fifties and the beginning of the sixties one of the most exciting.

I Salute You

Wednesday Cartoon Day.

When I first saw these General Misschief cartoon sin Amrican Legion, I immediately recognized them as the work of on eof my favorite 'weird' newpaper strip artists, Sam Brier. I discovered his delightful strip Small World in bound volumes of the European edition of the Herald Tribune in the University library years ago. It features little kids in their parents clothing playing ordinary married life jokes. The trick of doing it with children dressed up as adults, makes it work very well. Apparently, he was doing similar stuff when he was still a cartoonist. And apparently he was signing his fill name, rather then the Abbriates Sam Briers. The Who's Who of comic strips tells me he was from Montreal which explains a lot.. but not everything.

Heavy Helping

Sunday Meskin Measures.

In Headline #50 we get Mort Mesking with George Roussos giving a hand.