Sunday, January 17, 2021

Hits and Mrs.

Sunday Special Day. I can never resist a group of Mrs. Fitz strips. It is probably the most forgotten of all Mort Walker Factory strips and I love ot.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Mythic Mystic

Saturday Leftover Day. Basil Wolverton collectors will know that the comic master had a series of four page stories in Fawcett's Comic Comic. I should go back and collect all ten of them (a small book's worth) but haven't yet, so here are the two I got. With that a twopager from one of the issues that I am pretty certain is by Fred Ottenheimer. Otterheimer did a lot of uncredited fillers for various Fawcett titles, bit this one is a bit more substantial.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Judge For Yourself

 Sunday Surprise Day.

For today I have a series of tabacco ads for the Reynolds' Prince Albert brand. Ol' Judge Robbins was a long running series, with the earliest samples in the mid to late thirties. In the early forties they did a run of ads called The Wonders of America, which I always loved. The artist here is different from the earlier ones, possibly the same artist who did the Camels ads. I have added one new one from the late forties, with a new artist and a new approach.


Saturday, January 09, 2021

Round Them Up

Saturday Leftover Day.

Here's a nice selection of early Virgil Partch cartoons from a magazine/book called Cartoon Round-up from the mid forties. For me, people who say Partch did his best work in the fifties simply haven't seen enough of his work in the forties. Shockingly funny. I am throwing in two by Henry Boltinoff and Reamer Keller - just because I can.

Monday, January 04, 2021

Mob Rules

 Sunday Surprise Day.

At the end of the last Century comic book artist and historian Dylan Williams set out to write the ultimate biogrpahy of Mort Meskin. He got sidetracked before to doing it, but he gave al of his note and intervoews to Steven Brower, who proceeded to do the difinitive work on the forgotten artist from the fifies as well as a very impressive story collection, both for Fantagraphics. Recently he transcibed Williams' interview with Meskin contemporary Marvin Stein, who wrked with him on various Prize titles and got him work at an advertising agency in the sixties, whoch very much eased the last decade of his career. You can read it here and I fully recommend it:

In the accompanying piece it is confirmed that the late sixties newspaper strip McGurk's Mob really was drawn by the same Marvin Stein who drew all these crime books in the fifties and was long suspected to be one of Jack Kirby's earliest inkers at Marvel. The style of McGurk's Mob (a family strip about a family with  six kids or so) is visually completely different from the moody realistic work Stein did in the late fifties. Not really a very funny strip, or even remotely a hit, but certainly worth a look for Stein's place in comic history. I have shown some earlier whoch you'll find using the links underneath.