Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Danjy Was His Name

Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

Dutch artist Daan Jippes is best known in the US for his many covers for Gladstone in the seventies, eighties and nineties. Always someone who is looking for a style to attach his talent to, he interprets such greats as Walt Kelly, Al Taliaferro, Floyd Gottfredson and Carl Barks. He also did a lot of Donald Duck stories in a Carl Barks influenced style. The last couple of years he works exclusively for the Scandinavian Egmond Publishers. A couple of years ago, he redrawn the Carl Barks written Junior Woodchucks stories, replacing John Carey and Tony Strobl's art by something more in the way what Barks himself would do. The last couple of years he has been doing Donald Duck short stories and Goofy one pagers (with Ulrich Schroeder).

What is less known, is that in 1986 and 1987 he drew the Donald Duck daily and Sunday newspaper strip as well. The ailing newspaper strip (which was only in a few more papers) was still being drawn by Tony Strobl in the eighties. When he got to old to continue, several artists were asked to fill in. Daan Jippes (who was working at the advertising department at that time, but was known for his comic book work) started by inking a couple of dailies and Sundays. in July and August 1986. He took over as the regular penciler in August, with fill-ins by his colleagues every once in a while. I have shown as many of those dailies as I could get my hands on, but the Sundays have always escaped me. Until last month, when I bought a whole lot of 1986/7 papers that had Donald Duck in them. I may not have all of them, but here are most of the Sundays Daan drew, sometimes inked by himself, sometimes by others. I guess the gags were provided by the company, as was the case with the dailies. Some fit his strengths better than others.

I have added the credits from the extensive list in Alan Holtz' Guide To American Newspaper Comics, which in turn by our good friend, Alfredo Beccatini. Some of these can be seen on the international Duck list at I.N.D.U.C.K.S. but at least this is the most complete run of American language Sundays I have yet seen, including some that were totally new to me. Check the comments section, where I will try to get Daan to comment himself.

Dec 7, 1986: Daan Jippes (p), Jules Coenen (i)


Dec 14, 1986: Jorgen Klubien (p), Jules Coenen (i)


Dec 21, 1986: Jorgen Klubien (p), Jules Coenen (i)

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Dec 28, 1986: Jorgen Klubien (p), Jules Coenen (i)


Jan 4, 1987: Frank Smith (p&i)

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Jan 11, 1987: Daan Jippes (p), Jules Coenen (i)


Jan 18, 1987: Daan Jippes (p), Jules Coenen (i)


Jan 25, 1987: Tony Strobl (p), Daan Jippes (i)


Feb 1, 1987: Tony Strobl (rough), Daan Jippes (p), Bill Langley or possibly Daan Jippes (i)


Feb 8, 1987: Tony Strobl (rough), Daan Jippes (p), Bill Langley or probably Daan Jippes (i)


Feb 15, 1987: Tony Strobl (rough), Daan Jippes (p), Daan Jippes (i)


Feb 22, 1987: Tony Strobl (rough), Daan Jippes (p), Daan Jippes (i)


March 1, 1987: Bill Langley (p&i)


March 8, 1987: Bill Langley (p&i)

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March 15, 1987: Tony Strobl (rough), Daan Jippes (p), Daan Jippes (i)



March 22, 1987: Tony Strobl (p), Daan Jippes (i)


March 22, 1987: Tony Strobl (p), Jules Coenen (i)

3 comments:

tom said...

Thanks for posting - I enjoyed seeing these

The Art of Bob Chambers said...

Wow, another amazing posting, Ger! One of these Sundays was reprinted in the 80's Gladstone comics so I've known of the existence of Jippes' Sundays but I've never seen any, other than that one, until now. Jippes and Freddie Milton's duck comics really deserve being collected into a book like the Don Rosa / Carl Barks collections!

Ger Apeldoorn said...

You should see his and Ulrich's Goofy stories! I'll try and see if I can't get some.