Sunday, March 30, 2008

There's more!

Posting is really slow on blogspot these days, so I am doing a couple at the time. After taking two days to do all I had for 1955, I am doing 1956 now. Or at least trying.

Don't you just love the composition on those?

Saturday, March 29, 2008

More Sinking Feeling

Yesterday I must have hit a busy time at blogspot, because it took several tries for each cartoon to be uploaded. Hopefully I can give you a couple more today.

Friday, March 28, 2008

That Sinking Feeling

Today and tomorrow all of the Sinking Feeling cartoons by Bud Blake I have. This is the first incarnation of his ten year cartoon series. I like this one best. The melancholic subject leaves room for lots of funny snapshots of life, while preventing the series to turn into another anything for a laugh gagfest. By sticking to his subject the cartoons are always about humans and their (hidden) emotions, making them quite sophisticated.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Tiger, Tiger.

I am trying to get into the rythm of publishing something every day. So here are two more early Tiger strips. Really early, because they are from within a year the strip started in 1965. It's weird to see how little Bud Blake's style changed over the years. Even when the size of strips shrank through the last few decades, Tiger's world didn't change all that much. Apparently Blake's style was stong enough to fill the strip in the early days and still be printable in a smaller size.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Encore B.C.

When I was gathering the Bud Blake cartoons I came across four early B.C. dailies. With thousands to choose from these are just four random choices, but I don't come across such early ones a lot. Some of them are no more than decent, but the last one is a prime example of why I would buy a complete edition of this strip immediately. No one makes jokes such as this except Johnny Hart.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

More Blake

For all Blake lovers out there, I am adding more of his daily cartoons.

It seems now that he did them from 1954 to 1965 under various titles. The last incarnation was Ever Happen To You. Somwhere after 1960 he started adding a discription to the situation. I prefer the older ones, but the drawing is still nice.

The first one seems to have been done after the start of Tiger. Maybe for next time I can try and find out a more solid end date.

Next time, more Sinking Feeling from the midfifties.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Tiger Bright

Okay, from my previous posts you may have gathered that I am a big fan of unknown or unreprinted material from newspaper strips from the fifties and sixties. One of the greats who started in that period is the recently deceased Bud Blake. His strip Tiger was such a staple in many papers fro so many years, that his qualities seem to have been overlooked by the general public. He started Tiger in 1964 and kept up the quality until the very end. His crisp drawing style is an inspiration to many and his gags were always fresh.

Blake started life as a cartoonist in the fifties. He did spot cartoons for many magazines, but few people know he also did a daily cartoon for almost a decade before hitting the big time with Tiger. The daily cartoon had different names, under which he tried different types of humor. Best know is the latest incarnation Ever Happen To You, in which he portraited the pitfalls of daily life. But the series probably started out as That Sinking Feeling, with the earliest samples I have dating from 1955. Between that, I have cartoons names Office Hours, Home Sweet Home, Summer Daze and Oh, Happy Day.

All my samples come from an online newspaper micro-fiche collection, which usually doesn't leave much intact of photo's and rawings. But Bud Blake's lin eis so clean that most cartoons survive the proces. I will show you a sampling here and more later on. If anyone from Fantagraphics is looking in, or maybe Nat Gertler (who did those wonderful It's Only A Game books, reprinting Charles Schulz' forgotten panel gag strip from the late fifties)... here's your next project.

I'll start with an early sunday from Tiger, for those of you who don't know that strip too well. This one's from June 5, 1965. Unfortunately, I forgot to downsize the Tiger strip, so You are stuck with a very large and slow loading scan if you click on it.