Saturday, April 21, 2007
Sponsored Comics: Pixie Puzzle Adventures
Pixie Puzzle Adventures will be familiar to some comic strip fans; as far as I can tell its the only feature in the Family Comics section that wasn't created especially for it. This activity feature by Matt Curzon originally ran in the New York Herald-Tribune Sunday comics section from 1948 to 1956. The puzzles aren't exactly Einsteinian in their complexity, but it is pretty neat how Curzon weaves them into a storyline.
I know nothing about Curzon except the tidbit, gleaned with a little Googling, that he contributed work to some of the early comic books in the mid to late 1930s.
Matt came to the US from Minsk in 1903 at around 6 years old. His name at that time was Nathan Kurtzon - I guess he changed it to something more anglo sounding. Matt, my grandmother and the other siblings were all creative and loved to laugh - a very warm, funny family - gr8 senses of humor.
Robert in Los Angeles
The only "Coloring College" I know of ran in the NY Daily News on Sundays -- think it ran in the 70s and 80s.
If you're looking for originals you should probably keep a watch on eBay. Everything shows up there eventually.
The Milwaukee Journal carried Pixie Puzzle Adventures, for sundays at least, in 1952. The niece who appeared in the strip might find herself, albeit in black and white.
Pixie Puzzle Adventures was also offered in daily form, and was carried by the Beaver Valley (PA) Times in 1951. The starter URL below is to a promo photo of the artist.
Hope those are of interest to someone,
Shaddo strip at image 2 here: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=XUmZziu-z7kC&dat=19460108&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
Shaddo promo at image 12 here: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=djft3U1LymYC&dat=19460118&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
Pixie Puzzle at image 132 here: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=jvrRlaHg2sAC&dat=19521214&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
Photo of Matt Curzon here (scroll to top of page):