Wednesday, November 28, 2012

That's Al I Got

Monday Cartoon Day.

No post on Monday, becaue I was actually preparing a larger run of Tall Tales Sunday for over the Christmas holidays. While you are looking forward to that, here are some more daily samples (plus a reminder that more can be found if you follow the label).

To make the post longer and more interesting... if you are in the Vermont area, it might be worth your while to visit the Center of Cartoon Studies in White River Junction for an exhibition of newspaper cartoon samples done by Mr. Jaffee in the early fifties. As you can see from the snapshots, his work in that time is remarkable. This is when he was still doing Patsy Walker for Stan Lee, but apparently he was already trying to get out.

The exhibition is not given a lot of media attention because it is primarily set up for Jamer Sturm's students at the Center, but hey... who wouldn't want to see that. I hope one day, some of these will find pride of place in some sort of seminal work on Mr. Jaffee's career. Which I wouldn't mind writing, after meeting with him last month. But Gary Groth is probably already working on it...

November 2 – December 6

The Center for Cartoon Studies Gallery
94 South Main Street
White River Junction, Vermont

Gallery hours:
Fridays, 12-5pm
Saturdays 10am-2pm

And here is one of Mr. Jaffee's most recent drawings. I was skying with Craig Yoe and we were making plans to visit Al when I came over, when he told me Al was going to do a Variant cover for the succesful Roger Langridge written Popeye book and he was looking for a gag - would I know any. I wnt to my collection of Timely comics and picked several Patsy Walkers with funny Al Jaffee covers and wrote some variations on the situations. One of those was picked by Al and will be featured as a Variant cover of the new Popeye #9.

And the cover it was based on...


Dylanio21 said...

You always do wonderful posts and I really enjoy your Tall Tales ones, especially with the inclusion of Popeye into this one.
An absolute joy to read.
I'm an aspiring cartoonist and your blog is a big source of inspiration.

Rich Clabaugh said...

Ger, I love the POPEYE story! I'm a huge fan of this new series and I hope to write a review of on my site soon! Thanks for sharing!

Best wishes,