Friday comic book day.
Just like last week, I am using the Friday to prepare you for a longer post about Irv Spector. In late 1945 he and Harvey Kurtzman and a couple of other artists were probably asked by Stan Lee to come up with new features. Kurtzman responded with Hey Look and the short-lived Pig Tales. Irv Spector produced several stories of Little Lionel, a cartoon bear who liked sports. When I first came across these stories, I thought they could be by Kurtzman, because they were so different from the regular features in the Timely animal humor line... but it turns out they are by Spector, a former (and future) animator, who created a lovely and lively character and seemed to have a lot of fun with the mostly silent stories. This is the third stoy in my collection. There are at least two more out there, as you can see for yourself if you go to the excellent Atlas Tales website, the place on the web where you can find all information about the unknown years of Martin Goodman's comic book empire, which was run for many years by Stan Lee, before it almost collapsed and finally was turned into what we now know as Marvel.
I have added a Hey Look page as well. If you are in any way interested in Kurtzman or these strips, you should try to find the complete collection of Hey Look strips that was done ain 1991 by Kitchen Sink. If you already have it, here's one in color.
John Krixfalusi expended on this post, by doing a graphic analysis of this story. Go to his blog to look for it.