Thursday Story Strip Day.
Mel Keefer was a journeyman artist, who worked on several strips throughout his career. Usually artists of his style and experience were used as fill in artists by the big names, people like Don Sherwood or Alden McWIlliams. Instead he did his own strips, like the Dragnet Strip in the fifties or this golfing instruction strip in the sixties. Two things struck me, when I looked it up. First of all, how much story there was in relation to the instructions. In most papers it was not placed among the omic strips, but on one of the sports pages (which makes it hard to track and clip). But it would have fit there quite well, I think. Maybe it would have had more of a name. The other remarkable thing is, how long it ran. At least all through the sixties! Mr. Keefer is still wit us and I think a nice collection of his best storylines alongside a selection of the best golfing lessons would make for a great book. But then you would have to find someone with a good and complete run and I dout there are many of those. Even I had a hard time getting together these samples. I sat on them for a long time, hoping to be able to go back and complete them, at least for a longer run. But I didn't and now it's time to er.. let them roll.