Thursday, July 31, 2008

Many a Brave...

Thursday newpaper story day.

Still very busy at work, so I will have to keep it down to one week of Jeanie this week. I hope to make it up to you this weekend.

I have to thank John K. for linking to my blog, which led to an alltime high in visitors and downloads. I hope I will be able to keeo up the quality of my posts. I have more than enough stuff lying around. How about Irv spector's Coogie? Or some ultra rare stuff by Mel Casson, Mel Lazerus and Mel, er, Al Capp? I will also be on the lookout of comic strip features started by magazine cartoonists such as Dave Gerard and Herb Gardner. Not to mention the huge backlog of material I am gathering from the early career of Dik Browne (although I am still looking for samples of Hi and Lois from 1954 to 1956) or the missing funny sf strip Warren Tuffs did inbetween Casey Ruggles and Lance. And that's just if I limit myself to the funny material. I am also a huge student and collector of the more serious strips of the 1950's. There's all sorts of stuff I'd like to show you from comic book artists who turned to newspaper strips and the other way around. Jerry Robinson deserves a whole week to himself and I'd love to give some attention to Ray Bailey, the early comic book work of Dan Barry, Mike Sekowsky, Frank Gaiacoia, Gene Colan, George Roussos and Mort Meskin. But we'll get there when we get there. I am in this for the long run.

If I can keep it up. Some of the regular visitors here are Dutch cartoonists I met on a closed comic artist chat group over here, where I am a regular because I have been known to write comic strips now and again. But my main job is as a television writer. I am currently working on the adaptation of a dutch newspaper strip called S1ngle. There will be twelve episodes in the first season (a normal number for Dutch television stations, who have to do everything on a budget) which will be shot from september. We are currently finalizing the first six episodes, so as you can imagine that leaves me very little time.

I am not quite sure how to ad a link to youtube, but here is the promo we made for the network to show to the press. It starts with a special illustration from the strip, which I intend to show you later, as soon as I have translated a couple of my favorite episodes. The artwork alone will be sure to impress you.

The YouTube address is:


p spector said...

Terrific site! I haven't seen anything else quite like it. Keep up the great work.

When you gave ideas for requests, I just about fell out of my chair when you mentioned Irv Spector's Coogy. That's my father's old strip, so I vote for that, of course. I didn't think anybody else even knew about it!


Ger Apeldoorn said...


If you contact me privately at I would love to ask you a few questions about your father's career. I already have a few interesting observations, but I have many questions as well.

p spector said...

Hi Ger,

Wondering if you received any of my emails (2). It's okay if you haven't had the time to reply, I just want to make sure you got them.