Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Yuk And Others

Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

I blame the sixties. What was fresh and new in the fifties became the norm in the sixties and as such more boring than what it has replaced. I am talking about newspaper comics of course. I started this blog, because I found the fifties were neglected as an area worth of study. It semmes to me that many comic strip historian look upon the fifties as the period where it all went wrong and I don't agree. I think there was more solid storytelling and more acoomplished art and even more experiment in the fifties than in many decades before that. Or at least as much. But in the sixties, it is harder to maintain that statement, when lesser artists started to grab upon the 'modern' style to do their own 'simple' stips and newspapers themselves started to think that smaller is better. Still, that doesn't mean all strips that started in that decade (and some that ended there as well) are without their interest. So here is a selection of weird or unknown or shortrunning strips from the sixties. there are more, but this is a good selection I think. What are your favorites?

The Born Loser by Art Samson

Chief by Joe Dawley

Dolly by Bill Williams

Eek & Meek by Howie Schneider

Feeney Farm by George Lamont

Hapless Harry by Geo Gately

Hey, Swingy by Jan Green

Hustoria by unknown artist.

J.J. Yuk by Fred Lucky

McGurk's Mob by Marvin Stein

OPinion Wise by Sakren

Senator Cassius by Frank Hill

Sir Limerick by Ed Nofzinger

Stanley Steamer by John Somerville

Walter by Sakren


Unknown said...

It says here that Hystoria was by Tom Shepard and Bob Cohn.


rnigma said...

Frank Hill was a former assistant to Hank Ketcham, and it shows. Hill would later take over "Short Ribs" from Frank O'Neal. I never heard of "Senator Gassius," but it reminds me of Tom Isbell's "Friends and Romans."

George Lemont would later create the short lived "Dr.Smock" strip, and George Gately would give us "Heathcliff."

Ger Apeldoorn said...

Thanks - I had commentaries and threw them away accidentally.George Lemont's Feeney farm started life as Rhode Island Red, which I'll show later. I have a hugo lot of them waiting to be scanned. As well as the riginal Short Ribs, by the way. I kind of liked Chief. Anyone know that artist?

rodineisilveira said...

Ger Appeldorn,

Born Loser (by Art & Chip Samson) is still produced until nowadays.

scott roberts said...

rodineisilveira is correct. The Born Loser is actually a pretty long-running strip. Like so many, the art style changed over the years. I scarcely recognize these as the same strip.

Eek and Meek also ran a long time, but, for some weird reason, the characters changed from mice to humans in later years.

Hapless Harry was indeed short-lived, but Gately went on to the create Heathcliff, which, I believe, is still being produced by his nephew.

Adam said...


Tom Shephard drew Hystoria and my grandfather, Bob Cohn, wrote it. Thanks for referring to it!


steve.dolbow@gmail.com said...

I have just discovered your site while I was looking for a way to sell my Bill Williams Daily Dolly cartoon originals.

Your site is very thorough, a lot of fun and is was helpful to see that someone recognized Bill's work. Do you have any recommendations on who I could approach to sell them?

Ger Apeldoorn said...

Unfortunately, these thing do not go for a lot. A huge amount of Jerry Marcus cartoons git sold on Heritage a few years ago and th guy who bought them all is trying to resell them individually on ebay with little luck. In my opnion it diesn't help when you see 100 diffebrent ones offered at the same time. He ges for the subject approach, trying to sell eacht by subject, like: 'funny cartoon for mama on dishwashing by famous cartoonist Bill Williams'. If youbwant to eell the lot, find an auction house for such a thing. Ifyou gave a load of Dolly cartoons, yought try and set up a blog for free, publish one every day, get info on Bill Williams to ad and create a button where people can buy them. I you get a link from one of the larger comics sites, they will at least be seen. You might try and someone who is is interested in William's work for Dell with John Stanley to write you an article.

And if you have anything from his work for Johnstone and Cushing or Boy's Life, I could probably write you something in trade for one f thse pieces. Contact me at geapelde@euronet.nl

Grant said...

Hello. I'm trying to find a site, or anything else, that tells whether a given comic strip has ever had any paperback collections. Not necessarily a buying and selling site, just a database about the subject. Do you know of any?

Linnea said...

The correct spelling of The Born Loser's creator is "Sansom", not "Samson".