Friday, September 15, 2006

 

Obscurity of the Day: Chilly Cholly's Ice Cream Dream

Here's another J.F. Hart production from the Philadelphia Record, titled Chilly Cholly's Ice Cream Dream. This one is a pretty blatant rip-off of the Little Nemo plot, even down to the archetypical final panel. The art on this one may look rushed, but the real problem was that this strip was printed very tiny in the Record. The size you're seeing it on the screen (before clicking on the image to enlarge it) is already larger than it ran in the paper. Cholly's chills apparently weren't good for his health, because he went to sleep permanently after just six episodes (10/29 - 12/3/1911).

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I have a drawing of my grandfather as a child eating cantelope that is signed j.f.hart. 01'. Would like to know more about this artist. I believe he was related.
 
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Obscurity of the Day: Andy and Agnes


Time to take a breather from the mystery strips; the letter M promises to be a long list. So today instead we have Andy and Agnes, a strip by John F. Hart which ran in the Philadelphia Record from December 17 1911 to February 4 1912. Though formatted like a daily, the strip ran weekly on the the Record's Sunday humor and cartoon page. The Record resolutely resisted the higher circulation figures promised by adding daily strips and a color Sunday comic section for years after all the other Philly papers hopped on the bandwagon. Instead they stuck with their black-and-white half-page Sunday strip Willie Green plus an assortment of cartoons, humor, and comic strips on the other half page.

J.F. Hart was an excellent cartoonist who seems to have spent almost his entire career at the Philadelphia papers (the Record mostly, but he did work for others as well). His specialty was cartoon puzzles, and he produced a series of them that ran for years in Philadelphia and were syndicated around the country. The puzzles took the form of a series of cartoons, and the reader was to deduce a common phrase, a geographical landmark, a famous person, or what have you, from the clues in each drawing. For instance, a washerwoman working her way through a huge pile of dirty clothes might have the answer Washington. The puzzles were often quite tough, but apparently the audience was up for the challenge.

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

 

E&P Mystery Strips: Letter L

Here are the L for Lost features. Help them find their way off that crazy island!

Laff It Off - Vance van Demark - Thompson Service - daily panel - 1941
Laff Toons - Mike Gray and Bob Moore - Nationwide Features - weekly panel - 1949-50 [Charles Thompson supplies proof that Nationwide was a producer of advertising strips; not eligible for SG listing]
Laff Track - Marty Brucella - R-GAB Features - daily panel - 1980
Lamentin' Luke - Art Gates - self-syndicated - daily strip - 1956
Land of the Midnight Fun - Sarge O'Neill - Southern Cartoon Syndicate - daily strip - 1974
Larger Than Life - David Gallagher - Public Syndicate - daily panel - 1992-93
Larry Brannon - Winslow Mortimer - National Newspaper Syndicate - daily strip - 1961-68 (Alberto Becattini says it ran in the Toronto Star - did it appear in any US newspapers?)
Lars And June - Ray Rhamey - Ray Gross Enterprises - daily strip - 1977-78
The Last Straw - Dan Juravich - Superior Features - weekly strip - 1983-present
The Late Late War - Fred Fredericks - Adcox Associates - daily strip - 1960 (Alberto Becattini says it ran in the Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal - anyone have samples?)
Laughing Gas - Bill Freyse - Feature Sales Syndicate - daily strip - 1937-38
Laura Good - Ellis Eringer and Russ Manning - Crown Features - Sunday strip - 1960 (Alberto Becattini says it ran in Shopping Bag/Family Funnies, a weekly magazine distributed in southern California supermarkets)
Law And Disorder - George Koukos - Creators Syndicate - daily strip - 2000
The Law - Charles Schwab - Unicorn Features - daily panel - 1972-73
Lefty Betts - Bob York - Globe Syndicate - daily strip - 1948
Legal Laffs - Rube Weiss - Blackstone Press Features - weekly panel - 1971-76
Leisure Hour - Newton Pratt - Globe Syndicate - daily panel - 1950
Lemont Brown - Darrin Bell - Continental News Service - weekly strip - 1996-99 (D.D. Degg says this ran in the UC Berkeley Daily Californian, a college paper, before it was renamed "Candorville" on syndication)
Les Moore - Philip Jewell - self-syndicated - daily panel - 1992-96
Lest We Forget - Joe Archibald - Wheeler-Nicholson - daily panel - 1926
Let's Go - Grace Brown and Marion Moran - Conde Nast - daily strrip - 1929
Let's Go Town - William Spear Jr. - Western Newspaper Union - weekly panel - 1927, 1936-37
Li'l Chief Hot-Shot - Frank Stevens - Associated Features - daily and Sunday strip - 1945-46
Li'l Peanut - Lou Paige - Al Smith Service - weekly strip - 1951
Li'l Philosopher - Constance Bannister - Miller Services - daily panel - 1960-62
Libby - Jeff Sinclair - Kartooning Advertising - daily strip - 1980-81
Life Lines - L.C. (Les?) Carroll - Crosby Newspaper Syndicate - daily panel - 1938
Life's Little Dramas - Bart Hodges Jr. - NY Post Syndicate - twice weekly panel - 1946-47 (D.D. Degg reports that this was a text column with a caricature graphic, not eligible for SG. Thanks DD!)
Life's Little Temptations - Phil Hummerstone - Words & Pictures Service - daily panel - 1949-50
Life-Laffs - Ralph Hershberger - Century Features - daily panel - 1937
Lippy The Yippy - Sarge O'Neill and Bill Wright - Southern Cartoon Syndicate - daily panel - 1970-76
Listen Ladies - Mark Beebe - NY Herald-Tribune - daily panel - 1953
Little Evy - Evy Caroll - King Features - daily panel - 1945
Little Ezra - Ed Jona - Allied Features - daily/weekly strip - 1938
Little Folks of Circleville - Rome Siemon - N.E.W.S. - daily and Sunday strip - 1949
Little Green Man - Jaime Diaz - Ed Marzola & Associates - daily and Sunday strip - 1976
Little Ideas That Grew Big - Frank Cheesman - North America Sportsmens Bureau - thrice weekly panel - 1938
Little Island - Collins Clive - United Press International - daily strip - 1984
Little Jackie - Stanley Miller - Matz Features - daily strip - 1936
A Little Leary - Bill Leary - National Newspaper Syndicate - daily panel - 1963-86 (doesn't qualify for listing, art was reused from day to day on this homilies panel - thanks to Bill Mullins for sample)
The Little Major - Bob Kane - General Features - weekly strip - 1937-42
The Little Man - Ray Salmon - self-syndicated - daily panel - 1980-2001
Little Moonfolks - Rome Siemon - Associated Press - daily and Sunday strip - 1952
Little Otto - H.T. Elmo - Wheeler-Nicholson - daily strip - 1926
Little People of the Air - Isabelle Stewart Way - Giblin Features - daily panel - 1925 (doesn't qualify for listing, turns out to be an illustrated text column about birds - thanks to Bill Mullins for sample)
Little Rodney - Jimmy Caborn - Arthur J. Lafave - weekly panel - 1937-39 (FOUND! in Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Little Rowdies - Marsh and Mulholland - Thompson Service - daily strip - 1934
Little Sampson - Paschall - Graphic Syndicate - daily - 1925
Little Strokes - Elena - self-syndicated - daily and Sunday panel - 1973
Little Wild-Heart - Carl Moon - Independent Syndicate - weekly strip - 1930
Live 'n Laff - Rube Weiss - Blackstone Press Features - weekly panel - 1967-76 (Found! by Robert Brooke in Eastern Oklahoma Journal)
Live It Up - Tony Victorian - World News Syndicate - daily panel - 1973
Lola - Inigo - Picadilly Press - daily strip - 1966-68
Lonely Heart - Herc Ficklen - Avalon Features - daily panel - 1968-79
Long Shots - Frank Hill - Continental Features - daily panel - 2003-present
Looking Around - Sid Hathaway - Al Smith Service - weekly panel - 1970
Looney Land - Jim Navoni - Premier Syndicate - daily panel - 1926 (FOUND! by Bill Mullins in the Lowell Sun. Thanks Bill!)
Loony Limericks - Jerry Schiller - Blackstone Press - weekly panel - 1957-61
Loop Carew - Ted Miller - Press Alliance - daily - 1940-48
Lord, I Said - Hank Hartmann and Martha Merrill - LA Times Syndicate - daily panel - 1978
The Losers - Bob Kane - Ledger Syndicate - daily panel - 1966
Love And Laughter - Maria Molnar - Oceanic Press Serv ice - weekly strip - 1983-95
Love, Love, Love - Chuck and Gwen Bowen - Universal Press - daily panel - 1970-71 (found! in Sacramento Union)
Lucky Breaks - C.R. Miller - Distinctive Features - daily panel, Sunday strip - 1930

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As far as I know "Lemont Brown" began and ran in the UC Berkeley Daily Californian. By the time it had fully developed it was syndicated by WPWG and
the title was changed to "Candorville".

Has anyone ever seen a Continental Features/Continental News Service strip syndicated to a daily paper?
 
I've not seen a Continental Features strip in a newspaper, but did just visit their site and ordered a sample copy of their magazine/weekly syndicate book. I noted this odd phrase on the site:

"Continental Features/Continental News Service encourages writers, cartoonists and photographers to apply for sponsorship in syndication"

Sorta sounds to me like they might put aspiring writers and cartoonists into their magazine for a fee. Not to cast aspersions without proof, but this has the smell of a scheme to part amateurs with some of their cash in exchange for giving them 'exposure'. Maybe I'm just reading it with a a too jaundiced eye.

--Allan
 
Just a correction - "Lemont Brown" was renamed "Candorville", not "Rudy Park".

Darrin Bell has two different comics named "Rudy Park" (from United Features) and "Candorville" (from Washington Post Writers' Group). Just a note.
 
I have an original example of Fredrick's LATE,LATE WAR, it was actually syndicated by "ADCOX-LENAHAN, INC." in July 1960. If you'd like a picture of it, where would I send it?
 
Hi anonymous -
Thanks for the offer, but original art is no guarantee that the strip actually ran, so we need tearsheets to get a strip off the mystery list.

--Allan
 
Re: Lamenting Luke.

In 1955 Art Gates had a comic book series for Charlton called Hillbilly comics, drawn in a Mort Drucker style. This may be an outcome of that.
 
Life's Little Dramas...as told to Bart Hodges ran regularly in the 1947 Knickerbocker News (Albany, NY).
But it was a short column featuring an incident in the life of some well-known personality. The only art was a caricature of the celebrity.
D.D.Degg
 
Thank you DD!
 
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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

 

E&P Mystery Strips: Letter K

Here's the list of undocumented strips for the letter K. Help!

Keeping Up With The Kids - J.R. Harington - International Features - daily strip - 1950
The Kid From Brooklyn - Woody Gelman - McCay Features - daily and Sunday strip - 1945-46
Kidbits - J.H. Kerber - Select Features - daily strip - 1962-63
Kidoodles - Leo White - self-syndicated - daily strip - 1984-90
The Kids Next Door - Sarge O'Neill - Southern Cartoon Syndicate - daily strip - 1971
The Kids - Joe Buresch - self-syndicated - weekly panel - 1973-86
Kilroy, The Cartoon - Jack Anderson et al - Associated Features - daily panel - 1993-2001
Kingston - Evan Tweed - International Syndicate Group - daily - 1987
Kith And Kin - Becky - Chicago Tribune-NY News - Sunday panel - 1946-50
Kitten Kaye - Leo Beroth - self-syndicated - daily strip - 1957-61 (existence verified in Hayward Daily Review by Todd Hillmer - thanks Todd!!)
Knowing Gnome - Beatrice D. Miller - Independent Features - daily - 1965-66
Komical Cartoons - Stanley Matz - self-syndicated - weekly strip - 1941
Kool Roo - Peter Dare - Al Smith Service - weekly strip - 1987-89
Koopersmith's Kreative Kingdom & Kalendar:Return To Utopia - Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith - self-syndicated - thrice weekly - 1999-2000
Krass & Bernie - G. Trosley - Oceanic Press Service - weekly strip - 1976-95 (Charles Brubaker says this was a feature in CARToons magazine)
Krazy Cat - James Rodriguez - United Cartoonist Syndicate - daily - 1988-95

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"Krass and Bernie" was a magazine cartoon, appearing in CARtoons from Feb. 1975 to Aug. 1991. It was revived in 2005 for Car Craft magazine.

As far as I know, the strip was never syndicated.
 
Thanks, Charles! Was the subject matter something that could have had a place in a newspaper? Maybe in the weekly automotive section? I haven't seen a copy of CARtoons in years and years, don't recall if they were 'family friendly' or not.

In any case, that's an interesting nugget of knowledge. These oddball syndicates like Oceanic seemed to advertise things for years and years, yet I've never found ANY of their advertised strips in newspapers. Same goes for Dickson-Bennett Features, Southern Cartoon Syndicate, United Cartoonists, etc.

--Allan
 
Based on what I've seen of "Krass and Bernie", it was pretty tame, although I doubt the comic would appeal children. The comic was about a pair of car fans, and the comic's target audience were car fans, too.
 
Krass & Bernie are alive and well and have appeared in every issue of Car Craft magazine since May 2005.
 
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Monday, September 11, 2006

 

Mystery Strips of E&P: Letter J

After a loooong layoff I'm finally getting back to compiling the list of Editor & Publisher mystery strips. For those of you who are new here, a capsule explanation. E&P has printed an annual directory of syndicated features, including comic strips and cartoon panels, ever since 1924. Some of the features documented there are very obscure, possibly to the point that they never actually ran in any US newspaper. What I'm looking for from you, fellow researchers and comics fans, is documentary proof that any of these listed features did indeed run in US newspapers. If you have a newspaper tearsheet of any of these features or other equivalently concrete documentary proof, get it to me and you will in return get a goodie box of cool comic strip related goodies for your trouble.

Today we cover the mystery strips of the letter J:

Jack And Tyler - Mark Tonra - King Features - daily and Sunday strip - 1995 (Found! in Deseret News)
Jack Knife & T. Spoon - Sarge O'Neill - Southern Cartoon Syndicate - 1970-78
Jackie - Al Smith - Al Smith Service - weekly strip - 1951-52 (turns out this is the original title of Smith's "Rural Delivery", which is not a mystery strip)
Jackson's Law - Pedro Moreno - United Cartoonist Syndicate - 1981-84
Jason - Foster Moore - Al Smith Service - weekly strip - 1993-99
Jasper of the Jungle - Eric Erickson - George Matthew Adams Service - daily strip - 1948-50
Jellybean - Bennett and Burkhardt - Press Alliance - weekly panel - 1982
Jennifer - Art Gates - Gates Features - weekly panel - 1968-69
Jericho Jones - Stephen Graham and Kirk Luehrs - Telefriends - daily strip - 1974-76 (found - apparently an alternate title of "Pilgrims")
Jerry Junior Air Warden - Al Zere - Bell Syndicate - daily strip - 1942
Jerry Dare - Clark de Ball - United Features - daily - 1933
Jerry The Giraffe - Ralph Matz - Matz Features - daily panel - 1945
Jes' Smith - Johnny Pierotti - Columbia Features - daily strip - 1953-73
Jest A Moment - Hugh Kennedy and Bert Nelson - Buffalo Courier-Express Syndicate - daily panel - 1962-64
Jest For Fun - Christine Decker - Lloyd James Williams - daily panel - 1937
Jest For Laffs - Audie Bransford - Centurion Press - daily and Sunday panel - 1972-79
Jest For Laughs - Paul Fung Jr. - Al Smith Service - weekly strip - 1978-83
Jest For You - Robert Orben - Comedy Center - weekly panel - 1977
Jewish Panorama - Sauberman - Seven Arts Features - weekly strip - 1935
Jill And Judy - Gene McNerney - Watkins Syndicate - daily strip - 1938-40
Jimmy Rivers' Adventures - Joe Buresch - Matz Features - daily strip - 1937
Joe Blow - William J. Miller - Miller News Services - daily panel - 1939
Joe Briggs - Dennis Austin - Bell Syndicate - daily and Sunday strip - 1948
Joe Fann - C.T. Jones - American International Syndicate - daily panel - 1980-81
Joe Gish - Terry Gilkison - Publishers Autocaster Service - weekly panel - 1930-34 Found! by D.D. Degg in the Cass City (MI) Chronicle - thanks DD!
Joe And Judy - Walsh - National Catholic Welfare Conference - weekly strip - 1940-57
John Dough - Susan Wyatt - Mid-Continent Features - thrice weekly - 1976-77
The John Smiths - Harold Magin - Federated Press - weekly strip - 1937-40
Johnnie Jones - Bill Savage - Federated Press - weekly strip - 1946
Johnny Scribe - Schaub - Thompson Service - daily strip - 1933-34
The Jones Sisters Ed Gillum - The Comic Factory - weekly - 1991-93
Joshua Trust - Cash Orcutt - Crown Syndicate - Sunday strip - 1960 (ran in Shopping Bag/Family Funnies, a weekly magazine distributed in southern California supermarkets and was done by Russ Manning under this pseudonym)
Judge Pudge - David Watkins - Suzerain Syndicate - daily strip - 1992-93
Julian of the Jungle - Frederick Toran - Editorial Board Syndicate - weekly strip - 1967-68
Julius - Harry, Joan and Nelson - Oceanic Press Service - weekly strip - 1982-94
Junior - Bob Moore - Nationwide Features - daily panel - 1949-50 [Charles Thompson supplies proof that Nationwide was a producer of advertising strips; not eligible for SG listing]
Junior Hall of Fame - Kenneth Cromwell - Junior Features - daily strip - 1935-37
Juniors Viewpoint - C. Mozier - Associated Press - daily strip - 1935
Just Add Walter - Tim Faherty - King Features - daily and Sunday strip - 1992 [found! in Lakeland Ledger]
Just Imagine - Fola - Transworld Features - daily and Sunday strip - 1952-58
Just Like Junior - Stan Asch - McClure Syndicate - daily panel - 1937-38
Just Once - Bob Orso - Feature Associates - weekly - 1979-80
Just So Happened - Kern Pederson - Al Smith Service - weekly panel - 1980
Just For Fun - Ram Onas - Sun News Features - daily panel - 1960-63

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Mark Tonra talks about "Jack and Tyler" in some of his interviews. Here's Mark on this strip

"Mark: "Jack and Tyler" was my first syndicated strip, distributed by King Features Syndicate (1995-96). It got my foot in the door and left me there!"

You can read the interview at http://www.astronerdboy.com/comic-strips/kiosks/advice/MarkTonra.htm
 
Hi Charles - thanks for the link; Mark Tonra is one of my favorite of the current crop of syndicated cartoonists. In fact I'll go so far as to say that I think "Top Of The World" ranks up there with any of the great classics. It is truly a masterpiece ... so naturally it died an early death. If anyone reading this hasn't checked out "Top Of The World", go RIGHT NOW and seek it out. I know it's archived on one of the syndicate websites listed here on the left side of the page. I promise you, it's jaw-droppingly, sweat-inducingly, palm-itchingly fantabulous work. And I am not one prone to gushing.

Regarding his comments on "Jack And Tyler", on the surface it sounds like a slam dunk, but there is a possibility that the strip only sold to a few foreign markets, or the few US papers that bought did it only to make it unavailable in their market (yes, a truly nutty concept, but papers in the few big cities left with multiple newspapers actually do it). That's why I'm really inflexible on the tearsheet rule. If I don' see it on newsprint it doesn't qualify for Stripper's Guide.

Thanks -- Allan
 
Ah. Very careful about which strip counts, huh?

Well, since not many newspapers picked the strip up, you'll have to ask Tonra. It could've ran in his hometown newspaper.

He has a website www.tonra.com
 
Thanks for the link to Tonra's website. I've sent an email asking for info. I'll keep you posted!

--Allan
 
Just to bring y'all up to date, as of two weeks later Tonra has not responded to my email asking about "Jack and Tyler".

--Allan
 
I just got an email from Tonra today (I asked if he would put some strips up on his site). He was apparently busy in September.

Did you get his email yet, Allan?
 
Just a matter of hours ago, Charles. Here's what Mark had to say:

"You asked about Jack and Tyler. I remember the Kansas City paper (KC
Star?) called King to complain that I was late one week, so you might want
to start looking there. I don't think J&T ever had more than 20 papers and
I have no memory of what they were. It definitely didn't run in Manhattan
where I lived. I do remember that the LA times was the first paper to pick
it up, but I'm almost sure they never added it to their page. As for the
launch date, I'm guessing it launched in September of 1995 and ended the
following summer -- June maybe. It ran just shy of a year. All of my J&T
files are packed away somewhere, so I don't have this info at my
fingertips, unfortunately."

Sounds like our only lead is Kansas City. Unfortunately Missouri is one of the states that doesn't have any friendly microfilm lending libraries. Anyone in Missouri that can check the film?

--Allan
 
Well, we got a lead, at least.

LA Times didn't actually run "Jack and Tyler" in their comics page, since I couldn't find the strip in a website that lists every comic-strip LA Times ran at one point or another (it's a very detailed site, complete with the dates when these strips ran in the paper).
 
Even though I'm mostly just involved in the Japanese cartoon arts these days, I'm glad my old interviews are still useful. ^_^
 
I am doing research for a history class at the University of Nebraska and the Plattsmouth Journal ran a comic called "Jackie" in the early 1950's. Its ridiculously racist, and follows a black soldier through the Korean War as well as when he returns home.

p.s. nice site
 
jericho jones was the lead
in my cartoon strip
pilgrims
it was sydicated by catholic news
services and then by telefriend
i have some tears from the
capital jurnal in salem or

kirk luehrs
 
Hi Kirk -
Thanks for the info! If you could send me some photocopies from the Salem paper we can 'de-mysterify' your strip and I'll send you a goodie box of neat stuff.

Please contact me privately at stripper@rtsco.com

--Allan
 
Here's another one to add to the mystery "J" list.

In the book "Indiana's Laughmakers", editorial cartoonist William B. Robinson is credited with creating the panel cartoon, Josephine.

Haven't seen many references to this around...
 
Might you be referring to Robbie Robinson? He did the panel Josephine from 1949-62.

--Allan
 
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Sunday, September 10, 2006

 

Obscurity of the Day: Mr. Always Wright

Here's another of the strips that ran in the New York (Morning) World (on which I refer you to my comments in yesterday's post). This one may really be the last continuing comic strip to appear there, at least in the mid-teens. Gene Carr's The Sayings and Doings of Mr. Always Wright ran February 12 through March 13 1914. I've indexed the World through August of that year, and there are no more strips to be found in that timeframe.

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