Saturday, July 24, 2021

Gold Star

Sunday Al Wiliamson Treasures. 

Another Sunday, another story Al Williamson did for Stan Lee after leaving EC. And another gorgeous splash page, this time from Gunsmoke Western #33.


Hear Ye, Hear Ye

Saturday Leftover Day.

One of the more remarkable strips I found on was this short running gem credited to Paul Terry, but obviously drawn by someone else. I have not yet found out who did it, but will add this infromation as soon as I have. A very charming strip, but it was gone within a year. 

Here is the first info I found: Barker Bill was the last cartoon show Paul Terry produced before selling out his studio. Here's what Wikipedia says. I am not surprised it mentions Ala Holtz, who did not miss it either. 

"Barker Bill's Cartoon Show was the first network television weekday cartoon series, airing on CBS from 1953 to 1955.[1] The 15 minute show was broadcast twice a week, Wednesdays and Fridays, at 5pm Eastern, although some local stations showed both episodes together as a single 30 minute show.[2]

Barker Bill was a portly circus ringmaster with a long black handlebar mustache and dressed in the traditional costume - a fancy suit with white gloves and a top hat.

The show was hosted by a stationary picture of the Barker Bill character with an off-camera announcer introducing the cartoons. The show featured old black and white cartoons obtained from Terrytoons. These were mostly older cartoons from the 1930s, like Farmer Al Falfa and Kiko the Kangaroo, not the more current and better known series such as Mighty Mouse and Heckle and Jeckle.

Barker Bill did not appear in cartoons, but was briefly featured in a newspaper comic strip series from September 1954 to 1955.[3]

Terrytoons was the first major animation studio to give television a license to show its library of old black and white cartoons. The Barker Bill series was so successful that CBS offered to buy the Terrytoons studio, including its production facilities and library of cartoons. Paul Terry accepted the offer and retired in 1955."

Alan Holtz does not have a seperate entry for Barker Bill, but it does get mentioned in Bob Kuwahara's  Inkslinger's Profile: Though this profile is not credited all of the later ones are by Alex Jay, so I am assuming he did this one as well. Maybe he can confirm this next time he visits.

Looking through, the last entry seems to have been February 27, 1955. I will go and look for some of the later weeks.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Star Turn

Sunday Al Williams Treasures. Sixth installment in a series of 150.


Saturday, July 17, 2021

The Gray Area

Saturday Surprise Day.

Bakc from my holidays I have some fresh goodies. Here is a four week parody of Little Orphan Annie in the little Abner Sundays by Al Capp, who strangly chose to parody Milton Caniff's name for it instead of the actual artist. I was aware of Capp's earlier Superman parody and his later parodies of Mary Worth and Steve Canyon. But this one escaped me. If there is anyone with actual Sunday color copies of these, I would love to know.

 And here is the color version, as sent to me by Albo Aquilugo.


Saturday, July 10, 2021

Shoot-Out at the More Than OK Corrall

Saturday Williamson Archives. 

 The fourth story Al Williamson did for Stan Lee at Atlas. Published in Wyatt Earp #2, January 1956. Some of WIlliamson's stylistic elements start appearing; like the borderless panel (or in this case the splash) or the long panels.

Saturday, July 03, 2021


 Saturday Williamson Archives.

Here the third story Al Wilamson did for Atlas. It's from Outlaw Kid #8, published in November 1955. Judging by the job numbers I would say he picked up the first two together and got this one later, probably when he delevired the first two.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Go West, Young Al

 Saturday Williamson Archives

Continuing my attempt to show all 130+ stories done by Al Williamson for Atlas Comics, here is the second one, from Western Outlaws #11, October 1955. The dialogue has some of the characteristics of Stan Lee's writing, but he didn't sign it.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Smart Dumbasses

Sunday Leftover Day. 

Here's an almost 50 years old B.C. gag that shows how well Johnny Hart and his writers understood human nature.


After preparing some Beetle Bailey's I went to work on another classis (and another one of my favorites). Here are some more B.C. Sunday gags. For me, Johnny Hart was the best actual cartoonist among his fellow newspaper strip makers. The expressiveness of his characters is fenomenal. Some of these are from 1976, when for some reason all the slapstick seemed to disappear from the Sunday gags. I only found out later that most of that returned later that decade. What happened there? Was he no able to give it his all in those years?