Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

Here's an oddity. This strip appeared in 1947 in selected newspapers and only on sundays. It may have been one of those New York Tribune strips that had a limited distribution*, at least that is where most of my samples have come from. It doesn't seem to have made it beyond the Sunday only stage, but it has a lively style and it seems to me the artist may have worked in animation. His name or the strip does not appear in Jerry Bails' Who's Who. Even Alan Holtz' has not mentioned it, although it would surpise me if he hadn't seen it. It think it may appeal to all you Milt Gross fans out there. Of course, the style may have been too old-fashioned for it's perid, but that doesn't bother us from where we stand. I have more, but that will take some extra scanning.

*Turns out it isn't. See the comments.


fortunato said...

It's GINGER MEGGS, the oldest Australian comic strip.
A character created for the Sidney Sunday Sun by Jimmy Banks in 1921 and still produced (now drawn by Jason Chatfield).

Ger Apeldoorn said...

Thanks! Very little to be found on the web on Jimmy Bancks original version as shown here, though.

Lindsay Foyle said...

Ginger Meggs was the most popular comic published in Australia, It was originally drawn by Jimmy Bancks from 1912 till he died in 1952 and it has been drawn by others since. Jason Chatfield draws it now. It was published in the US for many years and there is reference to the strip in Maurice Horn's World Encyclopedia of Comics.

Jason_Chatfield said...

Thanks for posting this - great to see how it looked in the 50's in America.

Jason Chatfield