Sunday, December 12, 2010

Open the Gates

Monday Cartoon Day.

I showed some of Art Gates 1956 and 1958 cartoons in an earlier post. Here is a sampling I took from 1957. I like the earliest ones best, as they seem to have more character. This was the same for Gates' realistic style, which was rougher when he was starting out and became slicker but blander in the early sixties (when he did a lot of work for the Joe Simon edited Prize and Harvey titles). I am fascinated by the fact that anyone would be interested in a cartoon such as this in the late fifties. It seems like a throughback to the forties. He might even have reused some of his old Yank gags.

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