Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Marion Call

Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

In the early sixties the simple graphic qualities of the 'modern' style had paved the way for more simple, childlike styles. The first to benefit from that was Jack Mendelsohn with his faux child's comics Jacky's Diary, many of which I have shown here in color. I was surprised to find another similar strip from the same time. This time it was not done as a gag, but pretty serious, by an artist who mainly worked for children. I couldn't find much about Marion Abeson, except her obituary.

"Marion Abeson, a writer of songs for children, died of colon cancer Saturday at her home in Manhattan. She was 75 years old.

Burl Ives, the Weavers and others recorded 180 of Miss Abeson's songs. She wrote ''Playtime With Music,'' a children's songbook, and a series of short children's plays about health for the American Medical and Dental Associations. She also created a syndicated comic strip, ''Willie Woo.'"

These images are from the now defunct Google Newspaper Search and I would love to see some color samples, if anyone has any.


Frank M. Young said...

Google News is very much alive and well... it's just extremely hard to find. Here's the portal to it:


These are all crappy, crappy microfilm scans. What a bad idea microfilm was/is... still, these scans provide some primitive way to experience these long-gone newspapers.

Ger Apeldoorn said...

Unfortunately these are just the not removed remaining papers and they are no longer searchable - at least not from Europe. So the only thing I can do is pick a paper and go throught it at random.

rodineisilveira said...

Ger Apeldoorn,

Don't forget that Jack Mendelsohn also made scripts for various Hanna-Barbera cartoons in the 70s.