Whatever happened to the future?
Tuesday Newspaper Comic Day.
Today I have a bit of an oddity, slightly linked to one of my previous posts. When I was trying to find the editorial cartoons done by Noel Sickles after his run on Scorchy Smith, I came across a couple of fill-in cartoons by Hank Barrow. Barrow was an AP-artist, just like Sickles and he had won a prize for his cartoons earlier that decade. He went on to do Dumb Dora (taking over from Milt Caniff, who had been hosting the strip) in a style pretty similar to that of Caniff. As an AP artist he was also chartered to draw picture of situations where there we no photographs, such as these two seminal occasions in WW II, the German's retreat from Moskou and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In all of this he showed a remarkable style which made me wonder why he wasn't recognized more. Apparently he did a strip of his own, that has been completely forgotten. It was a sunday panel which looked comically at inventions of the future. There were others after him who did such a thing (most notably Closer Than You Think and Our New Age) but both were more serious than Barrow ever was. Alan Holtz has already show one of the sundays and written about it in a 2006 post, but I have several more, including one by Barrow himself. Barrow started the feature, which was called Thing To Come, in the early forties and left it in the late forties. The panel ran until 1955 under a much less interesting artist called Bresnan.