North and South - the comic version
Thursday Story Strip Day.
It's 'old friend' week here at the Fabuleous Fifties and I have decided to show you the first few months of Frank Giacoia's gorgeous civil war strip Johnny Reb. In a set of new newspaper strips I recently bought I came across the first installment of this Sunday only strip and that pronpted me to go and look for more of the beginning. I have shown a longer sequence of this strip from 1958 earlier this year, from where it was changed from a illustrated text strip to one with proper speech balloons and dialogue. As you can see from the start of this strip, it also started out as a strip with not one but two storylies, following the lives and adventures of two heroes, one in the Confederate Army and one with the North. This makes the strip very hard to read, but you may want to try anyway. The ratio of selfmade scans to micro-fiche sampes from NewspaperArchive is a little less balanced than I would normally like, but a. the micro-fiche scans are better than any I have seen from this strip until now and b. I thought you might like to read soe of this strip. I have also added three samples of the tabloid version, so you can see what was cut to change it from the tabloid into a three tier half page. Although the tabloid version ahs more art, it seems to me as if the slightly cut three ter version is the one it was intended for, as the text and spacing often seems odd in the tablod version.
With the new strips also came a lot of episodes from the sequences I have already shown (and some from the sequences following that, which I might show later) and I will ad those to the earlier post as soon as I have scanned then in, replacing the balck and white ones there. I will keep you informed as to when that will happen.
Newly added! I have found two more color samples and scanned them in. These are both of the tabloid variety, one of which I already showed in black and white. But look at that other one. The way that figure on the left of the first panel has been partly obscured by the Johnny Reb logo. That shows how much the tabloid must have been based on the half page instead of the other way around.
Also, reading the story again, I was surprised at the gap between the december 9 and the december 16 episode. It seems to me an episode was accidentally skipped (by the syndicate, I would guess). Johnny Reb is taken in to the military headquarters, scared what he will find there. The next episode is announced to be The General and then he is under way in the mext campaign and there is no general to be seen...