Monday Cartoon Day
Looking through some old newspapers (for Virgil Partch Crack-Ups series of cartoons, by the way) I came across an oddity that run a bell in more ways than one. Tin Hats was a daily cartoon series that ran from August 30 1942 to October 9 1943, slightly more than a year. It is similar in subject to Bill Mauldin's Willy and Joe cartoons from the same period (and to a lot of cartoons done in Army Newspapers all over the country). I found it in the Philidelphia Post Gazette and I don't think it got a large distribution outside of that. The name is interesting, of course. Now I wouldn't say this was the work of the later bondage artist and Steve itko studio mate Eric Stanton, but it sure look like it. The slightly black tone of the gags seems to fit Mr. Staton's personality as well.
What holds me back and tempts me to put this own to a coincidence is the fact that the 1926 born Stanton would only have been 16, or even less when he started it because his actual birth date is September 30 1926. Now there may be some Stanton connesseur out there who knows better than me, but as far as I could find he started working in 1947 and ony went to art school after that (and met Steve Ditko).
Still, they are fun to look at. And there is more after the last cartoon...
I had one more in my files, with a date that seems to be wrong. It was dated 1945-08-30 and I can't find it anywhere in te normal run. Is it even part of the Tin Hat series? I had labeled it as such. Another thing that differentiates it from the earlier ones is the fact that this one has a signature.
I took a chance and looked up Eric Stanton's signature anyway. And here it is, from a later erotic drawing.
Pretty amazing, huh?
After all this I saw that I had left out thelast caroon Stanton did and noticed it did have a signature as well. I guess that misnamed one is from later in the run as well. I guess now I have to go and find some more.