Saturday, October 27, 2018

Scouting For Comic Lovers

Saturday Evening Post.

For today's random offering I have chosen a non sequential set of early fifties Jed Cooper Sunday strips by Dick Fletcher. They come from the larger (complete) set of tearsheets I have of another strip. Still, they are worth showing as far as I am concerned. Fletcher was a compettent artist, who had done the soap opera detective Surgeon Stone in the later years of the forties. In that strip he soon adopted the style of Milt Caniff. By the time he created this strip (as a Sunday only for the Chicago Sunday Tribune newspaper and syndicate) he had developed his own impressive version of that style. During the fifties, he slowly toned it down, turning Jed Cooper more and more into a general and blad strip, that was not remembered long after it ended. But those first few years are pretty impressive. Elsewhere on this blog, I have written about the writer of Jed Cooper, who worked for the Tribune. If you click on the link you will find that, as well as a couple more early Sundays.


Diego Cordoba said...

The colors in the first samples are really beautiful. His graphic style reminds me of jack Davis and Johnny Craig. It'd be nice to see this reprinted, although nobody probably cares.

Ger Apeldoorn said...

My scanning and color correction hardky does justice to the beautiful coloring of this strip in the early yeras. A real showpiece.