Sunday, October 02, 2022

A Laugh A Day Keeps The Apples Away

Saturday Leftover Day. 

 This post is especially for the pupils of Mike Lynch's comics class, to whom I had the privilege to speak two weeks ago via Zoom. I talked about the golden age of magazine cartooning and how there cartoons in alle magazines in the forties and all though the fifties. Aside from thatbthere were various daily cartoon features in the newspapers. Every syndicate had a daily panel of its own, which eitehr reorinted cartoons from the magazine or had new ones made. If you follow the links to titles such as This Funny Day (King Features), and there were titles like  Laf-A-Day, Laughing Matters and Today's Laugh. One of the best in my view was Crack-Ups, which was originated by the leftwing newspaper PM and syndicated by Field Enterprices. They got together the six best cartoonists of that period and gave them a day each. The cartoonists were John Price, Chon Day, Mischa Richter, Ned Hilton, Ed Nofziger and Virgil Partch. Partch was the biggest attraction to me, because the 50 cartoons a year between 1952 and 1949 represented the largest set of often not reprinted or reused cartoons by the genius cartoonist in his most weird and absurd style. I shared many of those in seperate posts, often from damaged microfiche sources. But the other contributors are very good and in many cases collected as well. George Price was a respected artist, whith good observational gags.  Chon Day was one of the most stylistic artists of his time. His 'still lives in humor' are quietly funny and he influenced many artists who came after him (including Mort Walker). Mischa Richter was a very funny and sharp Jewish artist and should be remembered more than he is. Ed Hilton is the weakest of the bunch for me, with a gentle style and often too gentle humor. He does have one of the best aautographs I know, which may also be why I keep expecting more from him. Ed Nofziger is a former animator (as was Virgil Partch) and probably the best animal cartoonist around. The later line-up changed every now and then, which is why this post includes Sparber and Irving Roir (on of the four cartooning Roth brothers).

Have fun and your housework assigment for to day is to tell me which is your favorite.


Monday, September 26, 2022

Feeling Blue

Sunday Al Williamson Surprise. 

Another badly colored Williamson masterpiece. As I said, I'd love to see them redone. Not signed, though it has some signs of it having been written by Stan Lee. Still, the job number is not in a row of Lee-written stories, which makes that less likely.


A Word About The Wise

Saturday Leftover Day. 

Last week I shared some samples of Jack O'Brien's early sixties daily panel Cool Cat. I mentioned that I think he was a career army man from the early forties to the mid fifties, while building an impressive client list for his cartoons. From 1955 onwards he was also a regular contributor to the American Armed Forces Features. I have shared some of his work from that the pre-made Sunday section for army papers, but not yet his main feature, called The Wise Guy. As far as I can see, he did that strip once a week for over ten years. My sampels are from an internet source that has 1956 and at least two other years missing. Copies are hard to find, so if you have any, please tell me.