Friday, August 07, 2020

Clean Sweep

Saturday Leftover Day.

Some months ago I shared a set of Charles A. Voight daily ads from the early forties, in his humorous style. This week I came across two earlier and more serious ads for Rinso, for a daily paper as well. There were more of those daily ads than I would have thought. All through the forties most papers had one day a week that a daily ad was added to the comic page. This one, was larger and on a normal page even.

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Not everything Is Black and White

Sunday Surprise Day.

In the late forties Milt Caniff and Noel Sickles did a series of newspaper comic strips ads together under the pseudonymn Paul Arthur. They had two clients: Mr. Coffee Nerves and Fels-Naptha. I have shown most (if not all of those, if you follow the links). Hre are two ads that are never mentioned, but I think they (or either of them) are involved with it as well. I have seen a lot of ads from this period and there are a lot of similarities between all of them. But these have that modern look of Caniff and Sickles in more than one place. I am putting them up here, so I can refer to them elsewhere, There done before the Paul Arthur ones, so I don't think it is someone aping them.

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Angel The Jangel

Saturday Leftover Day.

Some time ago I shared the first and the last months of Gene Hazelton's rare Angel Face daily panel which ran from late 1953 to early 1954. Hazelton is a much admired artist and designer, who is probably best known for his work as the primary designer of The Flintstones as well as long runs as the artist on the Flintstones Sunday strip. In 1953 he started a Dennis the Menace style daily gag panel about a troublesome little girl, called Angel Face. The look and feel was very similar to Hank Ketcham's Dennis, but if you look closely you'll see he never imitates his style. It is a beautifully designed panel, though. Just as Dennis the Menace was. Recetly I came across another source, which allows me to fill in most of the issing months. I am starting with January, but there is more. I know that there are a lot of cartoonists whom I doing a favor. Please leave a message if you want me to get the rest.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Animal World

Sunday Have I Shown This Before Day.

In 1928 Jimmy Swinnerton did a unique series of political cartoons under the title Political Primer For Young People, featuring his regular tiger character in a different role. I scanned a couple of them in from a bound newspaper book, using a handheld scanner. After that I went online to find that there were more. I will add those, once I have them cleaned. It also gave me most of the dates on mine, which are in the file name.

Face Time

Saturday Leftover Day.

Before Harold Knerr took over The Katzenjammer Kids (when it's creator left the Hearst company to continue it under a new name at another syndicate), he was best known for doing many different strips. Wikipedia tells it quite well: "created his first comic strip, Zoo-Illogical Snapshots, for the Public Ledger. In 1899, when he was 18, he started working for the Philadelphia Inquirer. In 1901, he drew the Sunday strip, Willie's Revenge, followed by a number of comic strips, including the Mr. Jack-inspired Mr. George and His Wife (1904–14). In 1906, he took over the strip Scary William and continued it until 1914. From June 15, 1913 to November 15, 1914, he drew The Irresistible Rag. (The cartoonist Joe Doyle drew both Scary William and The Irresistible Rag after Knerr left these strips.) From 1903 to 1914, he drew The Fineheimer Twins, an imitation of The Katzenjammer Kids, which made it obvious he was the ideal artist to replace Rudolph Dirks on The Katzenjammer Kids."

I recently came across two papers carrying thse early strips and it occurred to me that I would love to see a book devoted to those. I would call it The Many Different Phases of Harold Knerr. This lot includes the aforementioned Feinheimer Kids. I guess the Jocko strip is actually from the same series, but as you can see most of these strips did not have a logo, just a new title every week.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Colonial Treat

Sunday Switcheroo.

Every Saturday I try to find stuff you have not yet seen, even around here. On Sundays I ad new scans to series I have shown before. This weekend I was forced to switch them around, so today you have a surprise. Or at least it was a surprise to me.

I was aware of the fact that there was a mid forties adventure strip called Captain Yank. I did not know this wartime fighter pilot strip was set in the Indonesian Archipel (at least for most of the time). But going through my papers one last time before listing them to sell on Ebay, I saw the familiar headbands and sarongs of my youth and looked closer. Indonesia (or "Our India" as we called it) was a Dutch colony up until they fought us out in 1948. We were wrong, the UN was against us and it still is somewhat of a national shame. My wife's father actually fought in that war and it stayed with him for the rest of his life. As with every colony, there was another side to it as well. Many of the Indonesians moved over here, both before theit independance and after (especially those that had remained loyal to the Dutch side). That brought with it a whole new level of problems, but also culture, food and lots of slightly brown people. For some reason the Dutch Indonesian and their offspring produced an inordenate amount of comic book artists. Enough so that the last few years several article have been written about it and exhibitions (and even a book) are in the future. Because they mixed quite freely into Dutch society, there are many artists with an Indonesian background, no one even knows about. Some of our best and internationally most successful (Romano Molenaar, Aimee de Jongh, Peter Nuyten, Chris Evenhuis, Jack Staller) among them.

But I don't think any of them will know about this strip, which has lots of familiar images. Of course Captain Yank should have been called Captain Whitey, but no one though anything of that at the time. I don't have many samples, but they are spread evenly over the last year of it's existance.

The artist of name is Frank Tinsley, but according to Italian master art spotter Alberto Baccatino he was helped by such artists as Lou Fine and Henry Kiefer. I don't know where he got that information, but he is usually right. It would fit with the fact that this strip looks more like a comic book than a newspaper strip stilistically.

In addition to my own scans I also have a run of 20 1943 strips from the Comicbookplus site, which is not set in Indonesia but in Mongolia and Cyprus.

There also was a story reprinted in the comic book Columbia Comics #1 (actually a one-shot) on the other great site for digital comcis: The Digital Comicbook Museum.
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