Sunday, May 24, 2020

The Sleuth From My Youth

Sunday Detective Day.

I always try to look for new stuff on Sundays. Although I have shown some of the early fifties Perry Mason strip, I think this run is different enough to be allowed.

The Perry Mason strip actually started in 1950, with Mel Keefer as the artist. He was later replaced by a Charles Lofgren, whom I know little off (and he wasn't a good artist either). But late in 1951 Lofgren was replaced by a young artist working in his own version of the Rip Kirby style. In the late fifties this artist would take over another newspaper strip in a similar style, called Dr. Guy Bennett. But it wasn't until the sixties and seventies that he became famous as the artist of Red Sonja. It was of course, Frank Thorne. Here are his first few weeks of dailies. He took over the Sundays as well, but that was with a later (and seperate) storyline.

Perry Mason ws the creation of Erle Gardner, who may also have written the newspaper strip himself - since he "liked to keep a hand in everything" according to one internet source. These clipping come from the Dallas Morning News. They did not only run the strip daily and Sunday, they also had a weekly repeat of all dailies on Sunday as well (as they dd with Hopalong Cassidy an dsome other strips). I have only used that weekly version where I didn't have all the dailies, because it seems they squashed the dailies to save a bit of space. Or maybe they elongated them for the daiy version, but somehow I don't think that would have saved so much.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

I Get A Top Kick Out Of You

Saturday Leftover Day.

I have shown many samples of my secret collection of strips from the Air Forse newspaper produced by the Bradbury company from 1955 to well into the sixties. I kept one set of them apart, the strips that were done by Jack O'Brien. O'Brien was a prolific cartoon artist who worked from the forties while he was still in the army. Around the late fifties he became mre active, possibly because he only left the army by then. He worked mainly at Charlton, but his cheap and easy cartoons were everywhere. He may not have been the best artist around, but he had a quick mind and seems to have had a jike for every ocasion. He had several series in the AAFF apers and stayed with them until the end.