Saturday, December 30, 2017

See, Nance!

Saturday Leftover Day.

Last week I shared a couple of early forties Nancy Sundays. This week I came across a couple of copies from the forties/fifties reprint comic Tip Top, which ran Sundays from a couple of years before that.

The Games We Play

Friday Comic Book Day.

What a year this was. Most of it was devoted to comics and I enjoyed it a lot. It is always nice to have succes, anyway. My book Behaving Madly was published in August at the Comic Con in San Diego and received pretty well. I am pleased to note that after Christmas a spade of new positive reviews appeared n facebook and other places, which lead to a new spike in sales on Amazon. In fact, they are now announcing that there are only 17 copies left. I have known for some time copies were running low, because we couldn't get ny to send to friends and reviewers for a couple of months now. They only copies remaining are at different stores and whatever is left undsold there will be what is left of the first print run.

One thing I hope for the new year is that the succes of this book will make it possible to do a similar one on the early issues of Cracked. I am not really very interested in Cracked after the first forty issues or so. It had started as a very well made satirical magazine, but devolved into a juvenile Mad imitation somewhere bewteen #15 and #45. The reason that this took so long, is th fact that some artists, most noticable Jack Davis, were allowed to do their own gags. But slowly Paul Laikin took over and started writing his trademark Mad knock-offs. Anyway, because the copyright situation for Cracked is unsure and because we already had to cut 40 pages from the originally planned 248 pages (to keep the price at $34/$26 at Amazon) and these early issues of Cracked alone could easilly fill a book on it's own.

As a sample, here is the onely Jack Kirby story in Cracked #14. Not typically his. Sp much so, that when an original page came for sale on eBay, I skipped it, not able to place the artist. My guess is there is a Cracked collector somewhere who got this page for $50 without knowing what he has.


Thursday Story Strip Day.

Continuing where I left off with John Spranger's Ben Friday (with only one Sunday missing in between) here is either the first or the second installment of The Bantam Prince. After six months, he would be relieved by Carl Pfeuer to leave for another more serious strip, the Saint.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Casson's Illness

Wednesday Advertising Day.

Here's a quick rarity: one of the latest comic strip ads I have ever seen, by Mel Casson. A quick and sharp artist whose abillity to drawn cute children often led him astray.

The Bear To Beat

Tuesday Comic Strip day.

Another Christmas week present. Some more of those wonderful Yogi Bear Sundays. I am not the oly one sharing them online and sometime someone should probaby try and put them ll together in the right order, but here they go.