Sunday, February 23, 2020

A Really Bad Post

Sunday Sequel day.

I have shown Sappo before, but the 1939 Sappo in Reversia deserves a book edition in my opinion. It ran from February to November 1939.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Mix and Match

Saturday Leftover Day

I never scanned Big Ben Bolt from my many newspaper sections when two things happened. Classic Comic Press came out with a book of the first two years of the dailies and I absolutely loved it. I knew the drawing style of John Cullen Murphy was very well, but the storylines were suprisingly good. The whole premise of a boxer trying as a sort of social warrior just works. And it often is a bit messy, certainly for it's time period. The second thing was I got a load of fifties scans from my Dutch co-collector friend Arnaud. I started scanning everything I had for him and keeping them together with his, in the hope one day I would have enough to present whole storylines (which were seperate on the Sundays, so that would work).

But how to present them? As all collectors know Sunday newspaper strips are usually designed to be cut up in various different ways. There is the half page version with three tiers, the classic two tier version made by dropping the first tier and the four tier tab version, usually made by either dropping one small panel on the last place of the half page's first tier (Willy Lumpkin) or the middle panel of the half page second tier (Pogo).


I haven't got an actual sample for Pogo, but you can work it out from this:



But Big Ben Bolt addded a new version. Apart from the half page and the truncated two tier versions, there also was a slightly smaller two tier version that rearranged most panels from the half page and added a bit of drawing to them. I have never seen a tab version, but the panels in this alternative two tier are to elongated to fit into taht (if there ever was one), so the extra drawing must have been especially for this version only. Sinde I have many samples of both versions, I decided to see if I could fit them together in some format and here is the result (with the two seperate scans underneath).

So now I think I will have to do them all that way.





Sunday, February 16, 2020

Hall Of Not Enough Fame

Sunday Link Day

I have shown more of the late fifties/early sixties strip City Hall. It was written by Donoby and drawn by Will-Yum artist Dave Gerard (with Donohy taking over solo in the last years). But I have never found many color samples, which is why I was very pleased two turned up in a recent buy. City Hall fits the satirical mood of that period, but it also has a healthy dose of slapstick and character. At least now I n[know which Paper I need to get complete.




Friday, February 14, 2020

Silent Cameo

Saturday Leftover Day.

I gone and cleaned up a whole month's worth of Alfred. Alfred was a regular cartoon in Collier's from 1942, by Foster Humphreville. In 1949 the cartoon series topped and on October 17 a daily strip version started in the Milwaukee Journal by Milwaukee artist Carl Ryman. I got most of my information from Alex Jay and Alan Holtz at the Stripper's Guide. They in turn referred to my posting of some of the cartoons here on this blog. Very little is known about these cartoonists or their character or why he looks so much like Alfred Hitchcock. The strip itself is similar to Nancy and Louie, with the main character who acts like he is a silent character in a talking world. Here is the third month.