Sunday, May 19, 2019

Master Of Black And White

Sunday Toth Treasures.

Another nice mix of old and new Toth. Page three would not be out of place in Toth's later work for Dell and page 7 is as oldfashioned as he could be. From All-American Western #117.




Saturday, May 18, 2019

Spoogy

Saturday Leftover Day.

Coogy is one of my altime favorite strips from the early fifties. It was drawn and written by Ir Spector for the Haerald Tribune and a stand alone Sunday only. The first year it was done as a one tier color strip, but after that it continued as a full half page strip until wlel into 1954. I came across a couple of samples of this are strip, which was not distributed outside of the Herald Tribune. It's fun, it's satirical and yes, it resembles Pogo - but it has a charm all of it's own. Later in the run, Spector even took on a couple of larger literary targets nd did four week parodies of The Old Man and The See, Mary WOrth and George Bernard Shaw. I have shown quite a few of these, but I never could get hold of a longer run - until I was at the Billy ireland Museum in 2017. They had two bound newspaper volumes from Bill Blackbeard's collection, which had two complete years. I photographed all of them (as well as some other stuff), but when I got home I was sad to see that the resolution wasn't as good as I had hoped and the bound newspapers had made all my samples wavey. Here are two of them corrected as much as I could. What do you think, should I continue until I have done everything from those two years?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Buy This Paper Or We Shoot The Cop

Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

Charles Rodrigues is one of the most unique cartoonists of his generation. I got to know him in Cracked, where he did the Cracked Shut-Ups for many years. after that he appeared in the National Lampoon with an autobiographical strip as well as many other highly satirical pieces. His humor was sharp and biting and enjoyed a complete lack of sentimentality. His dark humor would certainly have enountered problems these days, but this was the seventies - when everything was challanged. His off-beat style finally made it into the newspapers with Casey the Cop, which ran in the late seventies. It may not have been his best or funniest work, but he sure was different than a lot of the others.



Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Gag-An-Hour

Monday Cartoon Day.

I gathered another round of Boltinoff cartoons to share. The most remarkable thing about his work in the forties is, that it was everywhere.