Thursday Story Strip Day.
Here is another strip from the early forties, one from a whole lot of stuff I bought this year. Hap Hopper was a relatively longrunning strip, officially written by the duo of political columnists,Drew Pearson and Robert Allen. I don't know if they just wrote the storylines or the dialogue as well, but I am pretty sure these Sunday gag pages were ghostwritten. At least they do not benefit from Pearson and Allen's political insights and just relied on character gags. The artist is Jack Sparling, who delivers a pretty strong style for a strip this early. he went on to become one of the most reliable and sadly preductable journeyman comic book artists. Never for the A-list publishers, but neither did he work for the bottom feeders. Although some of his work breathes a Will Eisner atmosphere, although he never actually worked for him or his studio.
As with most of the strips I am showing this week, I have ore when I am ready scanning and cleaning them. In 1942 he left Hap Hopper to create his own Claire Voyant, which I have as well.