Saturday, June 23, 2018

It's a better title than The Sinner.

Saturday Charteris Day.

Here are the next couple of months of my (almost) complete run of The Saint Sundays. As yet, there is no Jack Davis to be seen yet.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Animal Antiques

Sunday Post Page.

Changing my posting rythm to twice a week (Saturday and Sunday) has seriously depleted the amount of visitors. Still, it suits my need at this moment and it enables me to keep coming with good stuff. No filler material here. Today I have yet another of Howie Post's Walt Kelly style Presto Pete stories, done for DC's Animal Antics.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

A Blessed Event

Saturday Story Strip Day.

I have always been interested in the early days of the Saint newsoaoer strip, which were drawn by journeyman artist Mike Roy. He has a pleasant enough style, which is a variation of the Milt Caniff school. But most interestingly, somewhere in 1949 or 1950 he hired a young Jack Davis to do is his inking. This was Davis' first job after leaving the army and coming to New York. He also tried to sell cartoons, which we know because he sold one to the monthly magazine Gags (which you can see by following the link). And soon after, he also started working for EC, where he made his name, first as a realistic artist, later as one of the key figures in the development of Mad. When he started inking for Roy, is not really recorded. Alan Holtz, in his excellent and essential book on American Comic strips, credits him with one month only. But having seen samples from all over the 1949/1950 period I had my doubts.

Recently I bought a near complete run of The Saint Sundays (from the New York Herald), in their full three tier half page version even. I have my own thought about when his inks start to appear and I will note that. The ending is less clear, but it will take us four of these posts before we get there. I hope you will chime in.

In the meantime enjoy one of the forgotten gems of American newspaper history, Leslie Charteris and Mike Roy's The Saint. The colors may seem a bit garish, but that is not (totally) the fault of my cleaning. These strips have a weird color palette, with lots of greens and not many primary colors. Not something you see in a lot of Sunday strips.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Presto Festo!

Howie Post Sundays.

I guess this is the first time I am actually oin time posting my weekly Howie Post story from the mid to late forties DC animal titles. We're still doing Presto Pete, but others are coming as well. Working in a looser version of Walt Kelly's style, Post seems to be having fun... or at least the reader is. One of the best stories of the series.

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Brother, Oh Brother!

Saturday Comic Strip Day.

Today anotehr rarity, if only beacuse I do not have a lot of newspaper sections from the twenties and thirties. This is one of many fetaures by Gene Carr, who is mostly forgotten these days but obviously knew what he was doing.

Howie Doodid!

Sunday Howie Post Day.

Last week I accidentally cleaned the Presto Pete story from Animal Antics #11 instead of #10. This one has an added bonus, an ad for on eof the other DC titles that has a Post story, More Fun. I will be showing what I have of those rare Post stories later.

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Posting The Skies

Saturday Comic Strip Day.

I promised you only rare or special posts on saturdays, so here is one (little as it is). Artist Gary Patterson is a Californian illustrator, who did commercial illustration for many large coorporations before hitting on this artdriven strip in the mid seventies. Afterv that he became known for doing birthday cards and large illustrations with many things going on. I may have some more and will show them later.

And here are some more I ceaned a week later...