Saturday, October 20, 2007

 

Herriman Saturday




Four cartoons in just two days for Herriman on the 27th and 28th of October 1906. The tar-and-feather political cartoon campaign continues, plus a cartoon about America's new fascination with the automobile.

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Friday, October 19, 2007

 

News of Yore: Walt Scott Profiled


NEA Service's Walt Scott - Triple Threat Cartoonist
By Erwin Knoll (E&P, 1952)

You never know just what kind of drawing is liable to come out of a small studio overlooking Lake Erie at NEA Service's comic art headquarters in Cleve­land. It might be an editorial cartoon, or a story strip illustrat­ing an event in American history or a biblical anecdote, or an illus­tration for a fiction piece, or a Sunday page for the new "Little People" comic feature. The ver­satile cartoonist who turns out all this, and more, is Walt Scott, a triple-threat man at the drawing board if ever one there was.

Biggest of these projects now is "The Little People" and its com­panion strip, "Huckleberry Hol­low," launched by NEA Service last spring and now appearing in almost 200 newspapers. Many more will use "The Little People's Christmas," a special series of 21 strips using characters of the Sun­day feature but with a plot all its own, for release Dec. 1 to 24. And NEA expects new clients for the regular Sunday page when a new sequence starts Dec. 28.

Though the strip is new, the "Little People" have been with Walt Scott for many years. The pixie-like creatures and their im­aginative "Valley of the Small Ones" began to turn up in Scott's landscapes and water colors soon after his Army service in World War I. (He had previously worked in the back shop of a small news­paper plant, attended the Cleve­land School of Art and worked for an advertising agency.)

In the early twenties, after a short stint in the advertising art de­partment of the Cleveland Press, Scott joined the Cleveland Plain Dealer and here the "Little Peo­ple" first found their way into print. They were called "The Doonks" then, and made a Sun­day children's feature.

The small-fry stuff was tempo­rarily abandoned when Scott joined NEA as magazine art director in 1935. But he kept his hand in by taking three years off to join Walt Disney's Hollywood studios, where he worked on "Bambi," "Pinnochio," "Fantasia" and "Dumbo."

Scott made his name for versa­tility when he rejoined NEA about ten years ago. He "specialized" in fiction drawings, special feature work and comics, pinch-hit for the regular NEA editorial cartoonists and originated the story strips which the service has been dis­tributing for special holidays in the past year or two. Revival of the "Little People" characters he launched 30 years ago has round­ed out his career.

Tall, mustached, gray-haired and fiftyish, Scott likes to spend his non-drawing hours—yes, he does get away from the board once in awhile—hunting and fish­ing or entertaining his four grand­children with tales of the "Little People." Occasionally he takes a busman's holiday at water color paintings, many of which have been displayed at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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Walt Scott ilustró varias planchas de Captain Easy en los años ´40. Su trabajo no era especialmente craneano.Sin embargo la belleza de su estilo asomaba en las viñetas, de figuras alargadas. Leí sus tiras en la Argentina. Las publicó la revisra Espinaca, y también Pif Paf.Hoy resido en Catalunya.
Soy coautor de "Mark Kane. Detective en Hollywood" (dailies & six comic adventures, published By Cimoc, andi Italy Publishers) junto al dibujante Oswal. Discípulo de Crane e Eisner.
Un saludo por este extraordinario Blog.
 
I am Walt's great grandaughter; it was a lovely surprise to stumble across this today. My father has most of his first run work and several paintings; as well as some draft work, but I'm always looking for stuff on Ebay, hoping to pick it up. I'd never read this article before today, it was a real treat. I'm an artist myself (of other mediums)- had it not been for Walt, I would have sworn I was adopted ;)

Thank you for sharing this, and keeping the spirit of his work alive. xoxo
 
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Thursday, October 18, 2007

 

Obscurity of the Day: Sunbonnet Sue



This post had to sit in the hopper for awhile as Blogger was having one of its brain freezes yesterday.

Sunbonnet Sue is another Christian Science Monitor feature that I had no sample for at the time of submitting the Hogan's Alley article. This little one-column panel ran January 13 1936 through December 17 1940. Usually credited simply to "Don" or not at all, the art was by Don Dero and written by someone with the initials L.M.

Sue is sort of Flapper Fanny with a Victorian, high-button sensitivity. The title seems a bit derivative of Bertha Corbett's Sunbonnet Babies but other than the shared millinery there's no particular resemblance.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

 

Obscurity of the Day: The Magic Pencil



Before we leave the subject of the Christian Science Monitor, I've got a few samples to show that I hadn't found in time for the article in Hogan's Alley. Here's The Magic Pencil by Dwight Sturges. Sturges is better known for his editorial cartooning, but he also produced this delightful but short-lived strip for the Monitor from November 25 1935 to February 17 1936. The second example above is the final strip in the series.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

 

The Adventures of Waddles: Week 8






This brings us to the end of part one of the Waddles adventure. But what amazing invention has Jack cooked up? And how will Betty Baldpate get the money she needs to restore the mansion? And how the heck does a trip to another planet figure in to all this? To find out, read the rest of the story over at the Hogan's Alley website -- click here!!!!

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

 

Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics



Order Jim Ivey's new book Cartoons I Liked at Lulu.com or order direct from Ivey and get the book autographed with a free original sketch.

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