Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Light Up

Wednesday Advertising Day.

In May this year I showed some ads from a 1941 series for Prince Albert pipe tobacco called Wonders of America. Last week I went to Newspaper Archive to find more of them. The seemed to have run once a month, rather than the customary once every two weeks for this type of ad. If the numbering on the later samples is right, they started in December 1940 but I couldn't find that one. There was a whole Santa Claus page for Prince Albert that month, so I don't know. Maybe the January 1941 one is the first.

Anyway, before that, they had Judge Robbins, some of which I have show earlier, and when it ended they changed to some nature theme. I did not find all of them, but it is a nice enough sample.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Gravy Train

Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

Chester Gould doing a funny strip?

Well, not really. It seems somewhere in the early sixties he allowed his asiistants to create a funny strip, which was added as a topper to the Sunday page in very few newspapers. He may have been involved himself as well, since they signed it all together. An amazing gesture in itself. The gag a week strip is weirdly funny, as you would expect from someone like Gould. It ran for more than a year and it reminds me of the time he used a parody of 'modern' gag strips in one of his storylines about a cartoonist who drew a strip about flees (which were drawn just as dots in the strip, samples of which were used all through that storyline).

I thought these three in my files were the first three. But I have seen mentioned that The gravies started as early as 1956. I will go back and have a look and hope to be adding more later. I guess 'Rick' is Gould's assitant and later Dick Tracey artist Rick Fletcher, but the others don't mean anything to me. Fortunately my followers have added some much needed comments already...


Monday Cartoon Day.

Henry Boltinoff is one of those cartoonists who pop up everywhere. Sometimes I scan or clip his cartoons, sometimes I don't. But I always end up with a couple of them laying around. Must have been how those cartoon editors felt.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Guess Who?

Friday Comic Book Day.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

High Wire Act

Thursday Vigilante Day.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Yesterday's Hero

Wednesday Vigilante Day.