Saturday, July 14, 2018

Heavy Hitters

Saturday Adventure Day.

And now for somthing completely different... Arnaud W. is a fellow Dutch collector of newspaper strips from the forties and fifties, whom I got to know when we kept bidding on the same items on eBay. We agreed to send each other scans and I have benefitted from that a lot. Recently, I came across some samples of a strip I do not collect or usually scan - on the back of a full year of another strip I do want to show some day. Both are highly realistiscally drawn adventure strips, by artists who came from the magazine illustration field. Mitzi McCoy is the first and mostly forgotten strip from the later Kevin the Bold artist Kreigh Collins. Dick's Adventures was a minor series that was give the Prince Valiant treatment, but without the compelling scip, characters or setting. And no, I do not know what's up with the blue noght scenes. Is that a recurring misprint or somethng this strip did more often? there are moths between some of these strips and it keeps coming back.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

P.T. Hokum

Saturday Comic Strip Day.

Still one of the funniest strips ever, a pefect synthesis between characters, gags and funny drawing.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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.