Thursday, July 21, 2016

Love In My Yummie

Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

I don't come across as many Will-Yum strips as I used to. So here are some I gathered at odd places here and there. Stylistiscly and temperementally this kid strip is somewhere between Dennis the Menace and Bus Blake's later Tiger. For more follow the link.






Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hirschfavian

Monday Cartoon Day.

A week ago I did a huge Al Hirschfeld post I am pretty proud of. Go and follow the link if you haven't seen it yet. Today I have a smaller one, that is just as special to me. Three years ago, when I was in New York, I went to the Public Library to look at the microfiche files of PM and the New York Star papers. Two liberal papers (the second a continuation of the first in 1949) that had a lot of rare and very well made comic strips, like Elmer Wexler's Vic Jordan, Jack Sparling's Hap Hopper and later on the first run of Pogo. But I also found that they had an original daily cartoon series called Cracked-Up that was done by a set group of cartoonists, one of which was Virgil Partch (VIP). he always provided the Saturday cartoon (which in PM was published on Sunday). In more than five years he did over 300 original cartoons. I copied some of them but also found an online microfiche source later on, so I have been able to share a few. I believe this is the best period of Virgil Partch's work and the creative basis for most of his later career. I gave the information to Jon Barli, who has used some of them in his book on Partch as well as some o the cartoon reprint book after that. I also had a look for Walt Kelly's political cartoons and copied as many of them as possible. Even though the microfiche material for 1949 was pretty bad, I have a whole set of these never seen cartoons that I will share later.

Today I am just showing one cartoon, an advert that Al Hirschfeld did for NBC color tv. It too was badly scratched, so it took me over an hour to clean it up at least enough to be presentable. it is not from PM or the Star, but another New York paper I looked at for Sunday comics, The New York Sunday News from 1955. I took out all the scratches in the drawing, but left a few in the lettering.

Final Finesse

Sunday Meskin Measures.

The further along we get into the Prize books, the better Mort Meskin's storytelling seems to get. Unfortunately, the finishing, either by him or George Roussos gets more rushed. There are a couple of prime stories left and we will get to them, but I am afraid this isnn't one of them. From Headline #64.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Morvy

Saturday Leftover Day.

After sharing some samples from Rick Yager's early sixties strip Orby last week, I found a couple more, along with an appearance in black and white from the British Kid's weekly Knock-out from 1962. Since Orvy was a Sunday only strip, these must be recut Sunday strips. I have added them to the previous post, which you'll find with the link.

Georgeous Tuska

Frisday Comic Book Day.

For me the work of George Tuska is one of the best examples of how American comics and newspaper strips from the fifties have been ignored for many years and still continue to be unexplored (although things are getting better). Twomorrow, an excellent company with terrific magazines (Alter Ego, Back Issue, The Jack Kirby Collector, Draw, etc.) and great books on individual creators (the Masters series, but also solo books on Don Heck and Matt baker) has brought out a terrific book on George Tuska by Dewey Cassell. It's a very well written book and everything in it is admirable. The rpint edition has sold out, but you can still buy the digital version (http://twomorrows.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=299) and read 30 page for free at the same link. But... it only pais attention to the merest fraction of Mr. Tuska's work in the fifties. Which, if you see work like this story or his work for Standard or the long run of Scorchy Smith Sundays and dailies he did from 1954 to 1959 I don;t undertand. In the old days, I sort of got it, because things were not very available back then. Even I was surprised when I came across the Sunday version of Scorchy Smityh a couple of years ago becaus eI had literally never seen it. But when this book was written my samples of the strip were already online and the Digital Comics Museum was up and running where I have found all of my non Marvel samples of Tuska's work. Okay, there is more now then there was five years ago, but am I alone in thinking this mid fifties period of Tuska's career contains some of his best work. What it doesn't have, of course is superheroes. I once asked Dewey why he didn;t include more work from the fifties and he said it was the result of a discussion with the publisher that they decided this was not something the audinece would know or be interested in. They wanted George Tuska, the Marvel and DC inker and artist. The guy who did Iron Man and World's Greatest Superheroes. So I probably am wrong. You don't want to see this. Well, tough luck. I do.



Friday, July 15, 2016

Indiana's Little Sister

Thursday Story Strip Day.

Bob Oksner was talented artist who never seems to have reached the peak of his talent except when he was working in a scaled down version of his own style. In the forties he broke through with a well drawn adventures strip in a mild variation on the Milt Caniff style. From what I have seen the problem with this strip seems to have been that it was with a very small or uninterested syndicate. Every sample I have seen is badly colored, many are in a badly truncated two tier form (the only strip I know that made the two tier version by only dropping the first panel from the three tier and adding two the other two to the rest, creating a very ugle two times five panel grid which could be reprinted smaller than the two times four panel one. I have stated before that I find that almost every strip looks better in the three tier version, which probably is because it breaths air into the strip. This ten panel two tier does just the opposite, as you can see below.

Nevertheless, these strips are highly sough after, which I why I have never bought any. Too expensive for my taste. These samples are all from the backs of other stuff I was scanning. Now i wish I had more, because they do look nice.