Saturday, December 16, 2017

Kid Calling

Saturday Leftover Day.

I have been showing some of the comedian strips from the British late fifties/early sixties magazine Film Fun. In later issues, they added realisticly drawn adventures series to their line-up. Most of them were in an stodgy, old-fashioned style but here is one that will appeal to the Cisco Kid lovers out there. Ringo was drawn by the Chilian/Argentnian artist Arturo del Castillo. Acoording the Lambieks comic guide it was created for the magazine Top Shot, which was published form 1958 to 1960 and merged with Film Fun in 1960. Personally I recognize it from the later sixties, when it was also used in the Dutch weekly Sjors. Lambiek mentioned he made new stories between 1968 and 1974 with Hector Oesterheld, the famous south American comics writer. I downloaded a couple of issues of Top Shot but could not find Ringo in them, so I have added another stylisticly similar western strip and a rather flashy adaptation of a Sabatini novel.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Stan The Artist Man

Wednesday Advertising Day.

Today I have another ad for myself, but I am guessing you'll like it too.

Today Twomorrows published Roy Thomas' Alter Ego #150, which has a 32 page cover article by me about Stan Lee's efforts to get out of comics. You can get your copy through your comics store or get a subscription at the Twomorrows website, which I highly recommend. If you just wan to see my article, you can also get a single issue download for next to nothing. It is a great article, with lots of new finds and new illustrations. And still, Raoy was not able to use all of my ilustrations that's how many I had. One of the bigger finds was a third selfpublished boo by Stan Lee, which was supposed to have come out in 1962 and was copyrighted in 1961. I found it by using Stan's real name at that time Stanley Lieber. And when I had the name, I was able to find a library that had a copy. I still don't know if they have an actual published copy or is they have Stan's own proof which may or may not have been pulled at the last moment - when Spiderman and the Fantastic Four turned out to be a success. In the article Roy shows the first page of this book, but that way you don't get to see that Stan himself actually did all the drawings for the book. He draw his own work in the army as well, but here it didn't really matter because the subject of the book was doodles... if it was published, no one has either bought or saved it and it has not been seen until I (and fellow researcher J. Mast, who stumbled upon it just after me) came across it.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Stan Lee Told You To Get this

Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

This week Roy Thomas published Alter Ego #150, a tribute to Stan Lee at his 95th birthday later this month. As the cover piece he used my 32 page article about Stan Lee's efforts to get out of comics between 1956 and 1962. Using the correspondence with his agent Toni Mendez, I managed to track down all of his projects in that period - from the slightly unknown (like his newspaper strips Mrs. Lyons' Cubs and Willie Lumpkin) to the almost unknow (like his selfpublished books Blushing Blurbs and Golfer's Anonymous to some that were downtight unknown (like his two efforts with Vince Colletta and a third selfpublished book from 1962. Every project has some new facts and often some new and rarely seen illustrations. But since roy had to cram everything into an already crowded issue, he could only show bits and pieces of everything. Like these three samples of Barney's Beat, a precursor to Willie Lumpkin he did with Dan DeCarlo. I knew Bill Morisson had already shown two of these gags in his book on Dan DeCarlo (still available on Ebay) so I asked him if he had any more and he send me these three, complete with commentary by DeCarlo on the third one. This is the first time they are shown to the world. Come back in the next few days to see more of the unused goodies. The issue of Alter Ego can be bought on the website of publisher Twomorrows. They also do digital single issues and subscriptions, so there is no excuse not to get it.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Laugh (Or Fifteen) A Week

Monday Cartoon day.

I have shown a lot of cartoons from Collier's and I actually have a lot more pages from the online source that has every Collier's magazine ever made in my files, but cutting out the cartoos is quite lot of work and there are quite few as well. To give a sample - the cartoons in this post are from the March 7 and March 14 issues of 1953, and that is after I have already taken out all Mort Walker and Hank Ketcham cartoon (which I posted seperately ahead of all the others).

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Assistant Did It

Sunday Robinson Review.

Continuing my run of Jerry Robinson drawn four pager with Bruce Wayne's butler from Batman Comics #26.