Monday Cartoon Day.
Between 1948 and 1953 Mort Walker drew and sold a lot of cartoons. Well, actually I suspect he stopped creating them in 1951, when Beetle Bailey started taking all of his time. But he had drawn more than enough gags to last him a couple of years and he kept sending out those comps and kept finished them when they were sold. One of his major buyers from 1949 was the magazine Gags (and it's successor Here!). I have just about shown every Mort Walker cartoon in those issues (only a couple of months still elude me). At first I thought that Walker only joined the magazine after it changed it's size from A3 to A4 in 1950. But I came across a couple of earlier ones with his work as well. While I am still scanning those, here are a couple from the May 1950 issue of Gags, which I prepared earlier. I think Mort Walker's cartoon work was very good, always funny and very well drawn. In fact, it took a couple of yers for Beetle Bailey to reach that point. I could show and tell more, but I am not quite sure what the status is of the proposed Walker book on the cartoon period, so I'll wait for that.