Here's one I am proud of. In the last couple of years I have shared everything I could find of the work of Don Colhoun, a forgotten figure in American Cartooning. Most if it seems to have appeared in a magazine called 1000 Jokes in the late forties. He seems to have produced only serial gags, that is: gags that use more than one image to tell a story, usually with text underneath. What makes these gags so unique is how singular and accomplished his UPC inspired style was and how much it resembles the later work of Jules Feiffer. One of his contributions shares more with Feiffer than just the style, though. The Little President was published in the same period and predates the similarly themed Monroe by Jules Feiffer by ten years. In The Little President a little boy gets elevated to the highest seat in government. In Monroe a little boy gets drafted and is made a soldier. Now I am not saying Jules Feiffer took something from Calhoun, or even saw it. I don't believe in labeling things in such a way. Stan Lee often gets a bad rap for doing formats that others have pioneered and I don't agree with that either. Point is, certain themes may be 'in the air', as we say in Dutch, or sometimes people look at something else and both make the same leap from that. But I do think that this book should be noticed, so I am representing it here completely.
Don Calhoun went into advertising and became a successful executive at one of the major ad agencies. When he retired he even wrote a satirical novel about his experiences. He sounds like an interesting man.... who may still be with us. When I first posted some of his material one of his relatives contacted me to say he was in his late nineties and still very much alive. After that I never had contact with them again and if Mr. Calhoun is still around, he will now be over a hundred years old. I would love to know more about him.
For the other samples of his cartooning, follow the link.
More after the book.