Saturday, November 16, 2019

Spooky Bone

Saturday Leftover Day.

I have to confess that I have always been less of a fan of Smokey Stover than of it's companion strip Spooky. The often silent and always wonderfully slapsticky gags of Bill Hollman's black cat never fail to tickle my funnybone. So when I saw that I had a couple of stray episodes lying around, I had to share them.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Stanly Dan

Sunday Seen Before Day.

This one I was saving for a rainy day - and it's raining buckets here. A couple of years ago, Andrew Peopy wrote an excellent article for Hogan's Alley #16 about a 'lost' comic strip by Stan Lee and Dan DeCarlo. My Friend Irma was the official comic strip version of the popular radio show of the same name. It was started in September 1950 by Jack Seidel, but by 1952 it had becaome clear that not enough papers had adopted the comic strip about a dumb blond to sustain it. Stan Lee and Dan DeCarlo had been doing the comic book version for Timely with a lot of succes (enough to continue it for a ong time and prduce a couple of spin-offs in a similar style, like Nellie the nurse by Howie Post or Hedy in Hollywood by Ed Winiarski, written by Stan Lee. Andrew based his article on a strays month of dailies that were found somewhere, looking very similar to the comic book version. When Stan & Dan (as they signed the comic books) started or when their run ended, was not known. I looked everywhere I could online but did not find anything ele than some months of Jack Seidel work, which I showed here. All it proved was that Seidel was not as good at the dumb blond jokes as Stan and did not draw as sexy as Dan.

Last month I took out a subscription to yet another online newspaper source and this time I got lucky. I found a run of My Friend Irma that ran longer than the ones I had seen previously. From this I was able to see that Stan and Dan started on June 1 (well actually June 2, because JUne first was a Sunday and this was a daily only strip) and ran at least for the rest of the month. The probable end date was given to me by another collector at the Hogan's Alley Facebook group. In the actual newspaper source he could acces the strip stopped about three weeks in to August. That means Stan and Dan only did a very short run. So short in fact, that it makes me think they were filling out a contract for the syndicate, rather than tying to revive the strip.

Here's my month.

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Give Me Liberty Or Tell The Truth

Saturday Leftover Day.

I used to follow Alan Holtz' Stripper's Guide blog religiously, but I have to admit I have fallen prey to the same Facebook inspired laziness/lack of time that hinders my blog. For todays offering I went back to it, because I remembered reading about this odd little strip in one of his posts (http://strippersguide.blogspot.com/2013/01/obscurity-of-day-yankee-doodles.html).

Yankee Doodles was one of the strips created to go along with the 200 year Independence fever that swept America in the seventies. It started early, in 1973 and predicted quickly after the actual 200 year aniversary in 1976. My samples are mostly later, but I had to cut them in two lots to be able to show you these earlier ones first. The rest will come later. The art is by Ben Templeton and the gags are okay. All in all it was more of an oddity (although I do like Ben Franklin).


Sunday, November 03, 2019

Hall of Shame

Sunday Return To Splender Day.

A couple of weeks ago I shared a short run of the first weeks of City Hall, one of the funniest satirical strips of the early sixties. I continued clipping samples and can now show you most of March, the next month.