Monday, August 31, 2009

Out For A Week

I have not been feeling well and I am saving my energy for my work rather than this blog (scanning for typo's can be exhausting). I don't expect to be able to pick up until next weekend. Sorry for the delay, guys.

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

Fellow Daan Jippes fan Gerben Valkema (who draws the delightful Elsje daily here in Holland - see the link for samples - and also works at Daan Jippes' Lijnlust studio about one day a week) sent me a couple of Daan's Donald Duck strips from the mid fifties in response to my post last week. I have also found a few on NewspaperArchive.Com using the list at Inducks as my guide. Unfortunately, the NA samples are of a lesser quality. According to Inducks, Daan inkted a couple of Donald Duck Dailies drawn by a Jim Franzen in 1986. Later on some were sketched by Daan and inked by Jules Coenen Gerben reports that Daan told him he worked over lay-outs by Tony Strobl, but as he points out none of that can be seen in the dailies shown here. They are pure Daan Jippes, doing his best Al Taliaferro imitation. The Sunday is a lot mstiffer and does not look like Daan laid it out himself. Who is responsible for that is unknown to me.

Here are a few from NA. I managed to track that were listed but not shown on Inducks.These are the ones that Inducks attributes to both Daan and Strobl as pencillers with Daan inking.

Oct 29 1986 (Franzen/Jippes):

Dec 5 1986 (Jippes/Coenen):

Dec 15 1986 (Jippes/Strobl/Coenen):

Dec 17 1986 (Jippes/Strobl/Coenen):

Apparently this run continues into 1987. Here is a later Sunday shown (small, but in color) on Inducks as running Jan 18 1987 (Jippes/Strobl/Coenen). You have got to love the way he differentiates those nephews:

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Monday Cartoon Day.

I recently bid on two of Gluyas Williams originals in the Heritage Auction, one a book illustration one a panel fom his long forgotten newspaper series, but I don't think I won either. I hope I haven't ruined my own chances by showing so much of his wonderful work here. To anyone from Europe his influence on the early work of Tintin artist Hergé is obvious. In 1946 (from which I'm showing most of his newspaper panel cartoons from januari) Hergé had already moved on stylisticly and Williams was still working in the same old way. Not that I am complaining.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Fast and Glorious

Sunday Quick Fix


Saturday Leftover Day.

I has heard from veral sources that my favorite Dutch artist, Daan Jippes, had pencilled the Donald Duck newspaper strip for six months in 1988. So, this week I pulled a couple of samples, but there were none that seemed like his always recognisable work to me. Maybe someone more knowlegdeable than me can help me out.

Feb 10 1988:

July 15 1988:

Sept 3 1988:

Oct 3 1988:

Oct 31 1988:

Dec 31 1988:
Before There Was A King...

Friday Comic Book Day

I have wanted to share these ever since I showed some of the dailies from Stan Lee and Joe Maneely's Mrs. Lyon's Cubs. Maneely was Stan Lee's most important artist all though the fifties, doing horror, science fiction, humor, western and war stories... and even setting the stage for Lee's Prince Valiant imitation The Black Night and his Fu Manchu imittion The Yellow Claw. Unfortunately he died in 1958 in a train accident. His work was always impressive and he has been in the spotlight more and more over the last few years. There is even a major retrospective being prepared by Doc Michael Vasello, who is working ith the family to get as much material and information as possible. Here are two of his stories.

The first from Advetures Into Weird Worlds "3, early on in his career:

The second from DC's Gangbusters #61, later in his career when work shortage at Timely's forced him to look for jobs elsewhere: