Monday, September 12, 2011

The Milkman Ringeth

Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

I am a sucker for anything rare and this certainly qulifies. It is a funny strip by comic book artist and cartoonist Art Gates. Art Gates started doing cartoons in the army. After that he kept on cartooning, but he also developed himself as a realistic comic book artist. His two biggest claim to fame are a stint at Jack Kirby and Joe Simon's magazines, including Foxhole at Mainline and a funny Li'll Abner type comic book series for Charlton, both in the mid to lat fifties. He also had an army themed panel wh the late fifties, which I showed here earlier and he worked on several Joe Simon books in the late fifties and early sixties. I don't know what he did after that, but with his connection to Joe Simon it is weird that he didn't appear in Sick. He may have left comics by then. Here is an ad strip he did for most of 1959. New gags seem to have appeared once a week, although participating papers were free to use them in any order or at any date they wanted.

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