Thursday, January 04, 2018

Our Friend From The South

Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

Over the Christmas days I prepared a couple of posts with some of my more deluxe material. Here is what I had left of fan favorite strip Gordo. Gordo had two starts. It started in the early forties as a daily strip. A couple of years after that a Sunday was added, but when the artist Gus Arriola was called into active duty in the army, the daily was dropped. The Sunday continued until 1948, when it was resumed. These strips cover those first and less rarely seen early years. It is interesting to see that, although it was a bit different in the beginnen, and far less stylized than it would become in the fifties, Arriola's unique sense of design is already visible here.


5 comments:

Greggl Hammond said...

These early Gordos are wonderful. I am enjoying them much more than the later strips which became just exercises in design. The characters, the animals, the use of silhouettes...just fantastic!

Steven Thompson said...

These are absolutely splendid! And yet these days in the US the heart these strips have doesn't matter at all. All anyone sees is the perceived political incorrectness. Sigh...

Ger Apeldoorn said...

These are nice, but for me the absolute high point was a couple of years later, the early fifties. Like this, but one step more into the graphic look that later on became so boring when it was used to cover the shrinking size.

rodineisilveira said...

Here are the 1st years from the El Gordo comic strip, drawn by Gustavo Arriola.

comicstripfan said...

You may be correct, Ger, about the early fifties being the "apex" of Gordo. However, I really enjoyed the more simplified style of the strip reprinted in the Menomonee Falls Guardian from the mid-seventies.