Monday, October 14, 2019

Post Hayle

Saturday Leftover Day.

I know I am late with this 'saturday' post, but there was a lot of scanning and cleaning to be done to make it as complete as possible.

I recently bought an issue of the fifties men's magazine Jackpot. The reason I bought it, was that I had seen on eBay that the art editor was comcis book artist and later newspaper strip creator Howie Post. In the late fifties, like everyone in the business, he was struggling for a job. After doing some excellent work for Stan Lee's Mad magazine imitation (where he was the only artist clearly writing his own stuff) he did some not so impressive work for some of the other Mad magazine imitators (all shown in my book Behaving Madly). He had not yet tarted working at Harvey, where his career got a second wh=ind when he illustrated Hot Stuff, Spooky, Wendy and even Casper. Later it would get a third wind when he created the newspaper strip The Dropouts. So this probably was just another gig to pay the bills. But apart from art editing, he also did a couple of (unsigned) illustrations and a signed pin-up in his best Petty/Vargas style. Most of these are recognizable, because Howard Post could not help but drw cute, however scary of sexy he tried to be.

The big surprise however, was that Howard Post wasn't the only interesting artist in that magazine. There also was a four page article (and a cartoon) that solved a mystery for me that I hadn't been able to solve for Behaving Madly. In the late fifties and early sixties a frequent artist in the Mad magazine imitations (mainly Frantic, Zany and the early Cracked) was a 'modern' artist signing Sam Hayle. He was quite good and quite humorous. But apart from his name I could not find any information about his. And here in Jackpot #2 he was again, with a four page illustrated piece just about him. The woring of the intro to The Twisted World of Julius Hayle even suggests he might have been i other issues as well. I have #2, I wonder how many there were. Seeing him named as Lucius Hayle here, made it possible for me to identify him (probably) als Samuel Lucius Hayle, born in 1911 and died in 1996. That would fit the description as him not being an "angry young man". As Lucius Samuel Hayle he also gets a mention in the online description of the Monogram musical feature Silver Skates, as "New York artist Lucius Samuel Hayle" who "completed 'special posters' for the film".

The unsigned drawing next to the contents page could be by Howard Post.

Post did spot drawing like this for Thimk, one of the Mad magazine imitations he worked for.

I don't think the illustration on the left is by Post, but the vignette with the naked ladies is just cute enough to be by him.

This parody ad is similar enough in humor to his saire work to be by Post. In any case, it is worth showing for it's Mad/Trump/Humbug style.

And this is the masterpiece, of course. A signed pin-up. Makes me curious about the other issue(s).

Her is Julius Hayle's satirical article on coffee drinker.

Finally, for this gag Hayle chose a different style than his normal simplified one.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Completely Bonkers

Sunday Deja Funday.

On Sunday you will see more of strips, cartoons and artists I have shown before. I am constantly surprised how many of my earlier posts are unknown or forgotten.Adding new strips to that roster is my way of getting you to look back at some posts of the past. Idealy I gather them myself and ad then here, but that is usually a time consuming proces.

So here are more samples of Virgil Partch's sixties and seventies Sunday version of his daily cartoon series Oh, George. Virgil Partch (better kown as VIP) had a terrific sense of humor and a unique drawing style that shook a lot of cartoonists out of their comfort zone. B.C.'s Johnny Hart stated in his intreview in Hogan's Alley that he got the confidence to develope his own style, when he saw how far off the beaten path artch dared to go. Unfortunately Oh, George, coming later in his life and career, seems like a sort of dumbed down and normalized version of that style and humor. But it still is a remarkable strip - if maybe a bit mysogynistic for these days (and even back then). It is supposed to help that George himself does not come off too good either.

I have started collecting all my color Sunday for 1960 and 1961 and although I am not done yet, I will finish it here.