Sunday, December 08, 2019

Serial Crime

Saturday Leftover Day.

In the late forties King Features had a syndicated crime serial. Each episode had six parts and ran daily with illustrations by Paul Norris and Edd Cartier. Both are interesting to see, because Norris was at that point still halfway between being a Alex Raymond clone and a Noel Caniff imitator. Edd Cartier had a delightful style, whose expressiveness makes you sorry he did not do comics. Clipping thse serials from small town papers has always been a hassle. Thankfuly, with my new Genealogy account I have access to The Dallas Morning News, which reran these stories in the early fifties on four pages, usually using all six of the illustrations. You will not see Paul Norris in the lot I gathered here, they are mostly by Cartier, with one or two by an unknown (but familiar looking) artist of lesser quality. I wish I had mre to show you, but getting these ready was enough work as it was.

I have uploaded a couple, since doing them all at once seems to fail every time. Come back later to see more.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Monday Originals Day.

Serving up an illustrated children's serial for Christmas is an old newspaper tradition. I have shown stories from the late thirties and early forties illustrated by Noel Sickles and Hank Barrow. Years ago I clipped these samples of a later story illustrated by Dick Hodgins Jr., who went on to ghost the Hank Ketcham signed sailor strip Half-Hitch and inking and other jobs for various Mort Walker and Dik Browne strips. Alongside these he was often seen doing political cartoons (back when they often were not as partisan as these days). I have forgotten to post them many years in a row, so now I am doing them early.

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Thirteen Days In The Life

Sunday Reconnection Day.

Some more Hi and Lois dailies, from wha I consider to be the best period of the strip.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Panels For Camels

Saturday Leftover Day.

These scans aren't leftovers at all. I made them yesterday, but I was eager to share them. Over the years I have shown many samples of Dik Browne's work for the Johnstone & Cushing agency. Steven Brower has a book out about that period of comic advertising from Fantagraphics and I hope he will have a lot more of information. One of the best series Browne did, was later in his career at J&C. Maybe even when he was already enlisted as the artist of Mort Walker's Hi and Lois. These fully rendered panel gags showcase his advertising style at their best, while also forshadowing how he would grow in the sixties.

This was not the only comic strip series Camels did.

I have shown this Lipton ad before, part of a series I suspect Browne did with Gill Fox as an inker, imitating Haenigsen's Penny. Recently I found out that Haenigson himself worked at Johnstone and Cuching as well and was a huge influence on Browne's earlier work there. So there may even have been an actual connection. I plan to do an article about that soon. But the main reason I am showing it here, is because I saw that it introduces the Terrible Twins, who were completely the same as The Trouble Twins Browne created for Vaseline only slightly later.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Going For A Song

Monday Never Before Day.

One of the reasons I like the comic strip from the late fiftes and early sixties is the fact that any sort of crazy new things were started - including using talent out the the normal talnt pool. That's how characters like Al Jaffee, Arnold Roth, Virgil Partch, Stan Lee, joe Maneely, Dan DeCarlo, Jack Cole, Bob Powell, and many others from the comic book and New York cartoon scene were being considered when only five year before that they never would have.

One of the oddest of them all was the brainchild of illustrator Marvin Friedman and songwriter Marlon Abeson. They are known for little else and this may have been their only collaboration, but it lasted over two years as a Sunday only strip. Well, not actually a strip, more of an illustrated children's story that always ended with an especially written song. Over the years I scanned them here and there and these are the ones I have for the first year or so.

No that I have added the rest of the scans in my collection, you can also see hove the strip progressed through the years. The style gets more cartony as the artist gets more experienced and the format gets looser.