Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Wild and Crazy Guy

Wednesday Advertising Day.

This week a had bunch of visitors for my collection of 1948 Sam Spade ads I put up some time ago. Here are the ones I have for 1949 and 1950. But that is not all of it. The Sam Spade radio show was a succesful so an dran into 1951. Then it was suddenly stopped and replaced by a similar show with it's own ad series. More on that later. Some of these are named for the month they were in, as it seems this series ran at a frequency of once per month.

Aug 17 1947:

March 1949 (for a color version, follow the tag):

Oct 1949:

Dec 1949:

Jan 1950:

Feb 1950

March 19 1950:

June 1950:


Smurfswacker said...

I can't get over how much story they cram into half a dozen panels. And how stupid most of the stories are. I especially enjoy Sam's detective work, like when he sees Gimpy the Gambler and concludes, "If something's wrong, he's in on it!"

Lovely artwork. Some places resemble Lou Fine's later work. Or is this Leonard Starr?

I assume they replaced Spade with "Charley Wilde," right? No royalties to pay.

Ger Apeldoorn said...

I also imagine that it's a long time ago you could call anyone Gimpy in a newspaper comic.

Fine has been suggested for these ads. I am not familiar with his style at this point and don't see a lot of similarity to his later work, but this is too loose for Starr anyway. I will show some Adam Ames tomorrow.

And yep, Sam's replacement was Charley Wilde, but there is so much more to the story...