Saturday, December 01, 2007
With some manual tweaking Blogger is now able to upload images so that they can be viewed. Herriman Saturday can proceed!
These cartoons ran on November 16-18 1906. The first two begin an ongoing chronicle of the Examiner's continuing hatred of the new government. The third is an illustration accompanying a story about the bane of the automobile dealer's life, joy riders who pretend to be interested in buying a car just for the thrill of a test drive in the newfangled machines.
Labels: Herriman's LA Examiner Cartoons
Joe Thompson ;0)
Friday, November 30, 2007
News of Yore: Short Items from 1952
60-Foot 'Gordo' Towers Over Arizona State Fair
The biggest comic strip character in the country this week is undoubtedly "Gordo," created by Gus Arriola for United Feature Syndicate. The Arizona State Fair, now under way in Phoenix, features a 60-foot high figure of Gordo, along with his companions, Pepito and Senor Dog, to keynote the Mexican motif of this year's fair.The giant display is constructed of wood, structural steel, plastic and wire, and supported by two telephone poles. Windshield stickers and other Gordo items will further promote the strip with fair visitors.
One-Year Strip to Tell Louisiana Purchase Story
By Erwin Knoll
Here's a strip guaranteed to last for just one year. No perennial tenant on your comic pages, this. Just 52 weeks-Jan. 5 to Dec. 31, 1953-and it's done. No Sunday pages either; just six releases weekly, in four-column width.
The strip is called "Louisiana Purchase"-1953 is the 150th anniversary of that historical event -and is the story of the 14-state region comprising the Louisiana Territory from its early discovery and exploration by Spanish conquistadores to its incorporation into the United States. All authentic history, lots of adventure and wrapped up in a humorous drawing style.
Creator is John Chase, editorial cartoonist for the New Orleans States and author of the prize-winning narrative history of New Orleans, "Frenchmen, Desire, Good Children."
The Register and Tribune Syndicate, which will distribute "Louisiana Purchase," suggests ample promotion opportunities for the strip in connection with schools and patriotic organizations and possible use in contest tie-ins.
Joseph Shuster Creating New Comic Strip
Joseph Shuster, the original artist-creator of "Superman," has developed a new comic strip and is seeking a syndicate outlet, he announced this week. The strip is called "Golly Galoo, the Magic Genie," and follows science-fiction fantasy lines, Mr. Shuster said. The William Morris entertainment agency has expressed interest in the feature as a televised children's program.
[anyone know if anything ever came of this? - Allan]
Cartoonist Syndicates Own 'Our South' Panels
"Our South," a weekly two-column cartoon panel, is offered for immediate release by the cartoonist, Henry McCarn, 428 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, N. C. The panels will embody a humorous approach to the peculiarities and customs of the South. Mr. McCarn was formerly a staff artist on the Charlotte News, and has been a free-lance editorial cartoonist for the past two years.
[Can anyone supply samples of this feature? I've never found any - Allan]
Third-Page Size Started For AP Newsfeatures Comics
Three AP Newsfeatures comics -"Oaky Doaks," "Scorchy Smith" and "Modest Maidens"-will be available in third-page standard size color format beginning Jan. 4. They have previously been available in tabloid mats, and appear in a tabloid readyprint section.
Artist Loses (1/5/52)
A suit filed by Elmer C. Stoner, formerly artist on Enterprising Feature Syndicate's "Rick Kane, Space Marshall" strip, to restrain the syndicate from proceeding with the strip under another artist, was turned down by New York State Supreme Court Justice Aurelia December 17.
The artist had contended that his dismissal and the continuation of the strip under another artist were violations of his contract with the syndicate.
Space, Western Strips Launch Johnson Syndicate (2/52)
A cartoonist who believes in doing his own selling is Walter T. Johnson, formerly artist on Enterprising Feature Syndicate's now defunct "Rick Kane" strip. Mr. Johnson has just launched Walter T. Johnson Features, Inc. at 1475 Broadway, New York City. First two features, slated for late March release, are "Captain Johnny Falcon," a space adventure strip, and "The Sundown Kid," a Western. Two other comic strips are planned for release this fall.
Mr. Johnson will draw all four strips, sell, and write the continuity for "Johnny Falcon." The Western strip will be written by William F. Crouse, formerly associated with "Hopalong Cassidy" television productions.
[Does anybody have samples of The Sundown Kid? - Allan]
McNaught Syndicate Offers Auto-Racing Strip
A new comic strip from McNaught Syndicate is "Johnny Comet," a daily and Sunday adventure strip with an auto-racing setting. Plot lines will be based on the life of speedcar driver Peter DePaolo, who is acting as technical consultant on the strip. "Johnny Comet" will stress racing on speedways, safety on highways, and has the backing of safety councils in a number of cities where it is now appearing.
Author of "Johnny Comet" is Earl Baldwin, screenplay and mystery writer. Art work is done by Frank Frazetta, 23-year old graduate of the Brooklyn Academy of Fine Arts and a comic book illustrator since the age of 16.
'Peter Rabbit' Streamlined
Vincent Fago, who started streamlining Herald Tribune Syndicate's "Peter Rabbit" strip when he inherited it from Harrison Cady four years ago, this week led the veteran strip into a new story line. Abandoned was the previous "realism" of talking animals in a nature setting. In its place readers found the first installment of a series of phantasy adventures in "Doll Land" and "Backwards Land," "peopled" by stuffed dolls, galloping alarm clocks and freckled toadstools.
To point up the change, one strip in the Sunday release for Feb. 17 was left in black-and-white, with readers invited to participate in a coloring contest. Stuffed "Peter Rabbit" dolls were offered as prizes.
Labels: News of Yore
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Obscurity of the Day: Tiny Tinkles
Though it sounds more like an advertising strip for male enhancement pills, Tiny Tinkles was, in reality, a long-running series that ran on that wonderful Chicago Daily News daily comics page.
Gus O'Shaughnessy originated the strip on July 23 1903. It was a cute idea - take four rhyming words, one per panel, and make a gag out of it. The idea was obviously a favorite in the Daily News' bullpen because practically everyone who ever sat at a drawing board there took an occasional whack at it. O'Shaughnessy kept it for himself for the first two years, but after that the floodgates opened. From 1905 to the strip's final appearance on April 24 1911 a parade of cartoonists signed their names to it. Mostly it was done by scribblers whose names are beyond obscure (many deservedly), but the roll call also included Gaar Williams, Harry Hershfield and R.B. Fuller.
Our sample above is from 1903.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Obscurity of the Day: Yankee Rangers
This one is a real oddball. The Yankee Rangers, which gives every impression of being an ongoing adventure strip was, for reasons lost in the mists of history, a closed-end strip slated for a six week run. According to Ron Goulart in The Funnies neither Andriola or the folks at King Features had any recollection of the reason for the creation of the strip.
Andriola at the time was between jobs, having quit from Charlie Chan at McNaught and was in negotiations to start Kerry Drake for Publishers Syndicate. The temp job was a perfect way for him to keep active, but why King offered it to him is a mystery.
The Yankee Rangers were a trio of military men recruited to go on a dangerous mission in the Netherlands. The six-week strip was full of action from end to end, and Andriola's best Caniff impression made for an eye-catching as well as entertaining strip. At the end of the six week run the Rangers sailed off into the sunset, never to be heard from again.
Of the small number of papers that ran the strip (including the Butler Eagle, my wife's hometown paper) most started the strip on different dates. The earliest found is the Massilon Independent which started it on December 10 1942 (a Thursday). The intended first release date was more likely to be December 7th, and maybe that's a clue. Perhaps the strip was originally conceived as a memorial tie-in of some sort with the first anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. If so it certainly went off track since the action is in Europe and doesn't refer to that event.
Thanks to Cole Johnson for the examples reproduced above.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Obscurity of the Day: Spellbound
With a name like Spellbound, you'd figure this strip must be about a witch or something. Nope. It's about romance. The heart in the logo is your tip-off. I only have a few samples of this one so I'm not even sure if our star couples were married or just dating.
Brian Barling produced this short-lived Sunday and daily strip for King Features in 1991-92. I don't have exact start and end dates for it though (anyone?). These days Barling is an editorial cartoonist for the Christian Science Monitor and also produces cartoons about wargaming.
Monday, November 26, 2007
E&P Mystery Strips - "M" Listings
As usual I'm looking for proof that any of these features ran in U.S. newspapers. Proof must be in the form of tearsheets from a newspaper. For the purposes of listing features in the Stripper's Guide Index documentary proof is needed. If you don't have any samples you can scan or photocopy for me but do know where a mystery strip ran, please let me know the name of the paper and I'll try to get hold of the microfilm to verify it.
Don't forget that if you can supply proof that a title listed below did indeed run you get not just my gratitude (cash value 1/20th of a cent) but also a goodie box of neat comic strip related stuff (vintage tearsheets, reprint books, even original art find their way into these) for your trouble. (SORRY - as of 2018 goodie boxes are sadly no longer available - I now live in Canada and our postal rates are so outrageous that I cannot afford to send out goodie boxes - SORRY!)
MD - James Whatley - Interpress - weekly panel - 1974-82
Modern Oxygen / MO - Marc A. Vargas - American International Syndicate - daily panel - 1993-94
Machamer's Corner - Gene Machamer - Dickson-Bennett - daily panel - 1981-82
Machine Head - Syder Webb - Copley News - weekly strip - 1987-88
Mad Lewis Mad Caps - Fred Lewis - American International Syndicate - daily strip - 1988-90
Madge the Badge - Al Liederman - Trans World News - daily strip - 1978-79
Maggie McSnoot - uncredited - Ledger Syndicate - daily strip - 1945-50
Malfunction Junction - Mal Hancock - Whitegate Features - daily - 1990-93
Mama's Boy - Will Gould - Kay Features - daily strip - 1931
A Man Called Horace - Andrew Christine and Roger Kettle - North America Syndicate - daily strip - 1992-98 (British strip)
Man in the Street - Jett Black - Schwartz Cartoon Service - daily strip - 1928
Man's Wings - John McCormick and J.M. Richardson - King Features - daily strip - 1929-33
Mandy Capp - Carla Ostrer - North America Syndicate - daily strip - 1997-98 (British strip)
Manny From Mars - Fred Treadgold - BP Singer Features - weekly panel - 1963-69
March of Science - John I. Hudson - Science Service - daily panel - 1936-38
Margie - Stanley Metz - Century Features - daily panel - 1937-38
Maria - Griz - Columbian Comics Syndicate - daily and Sunday strip - 1991-96
Marsh Mellows - Len Borozinski - Copley News Service - daily strip - 1977
Marty - Gerald Bennett and Roy Sanchez - R-GAB Features - daily strip - 1978-79
Marvin - Pat Moran - World News Syndicate - daily panel - 1973
Mary Jane (aka Mary Lou) - Stanley Matz - Matz Features - daily strip - 1936-46
Masked Invaders - William Sherb - Jolyon Features - daily strip - 1939
Masked Marvel - Ben Thompson - Watkins Syndicate - weekly strip - 1939
Masked Pilot - uncredited - Beacon Newspaper Service - daily and Sunday strip - 1940
Mata Hari - J.D. McFarland - self-syndicated - daily strip - 1970
Matt Marriott - Tony Weare - Piccadilly Press - daily strip - 1966-68 (British strip)
Maya - John Heine - Publishers-Hall Syndicate - daily panel - 1973 (found in Philadelphia Inquirer)
Mayme The Manicurist - uncredited - Chicago Tribune - daily panel - 1930 (found in NY Daily News)
The McNabs - Leonard Bruce - Leoleen-Durck Creations - daily strip - 1983-88
The Meanest Man In The World - Bob Battle - Transworld Features - daily strip - 1956-59
Memoirs of a Housewife - Juli Tarpin - Lew Little Syndicate - Sunday panel - 1965
Memories of a Former Kid - Bob Artley - Extra Newspaper Features - weekly strip - 1986-95
Men From Mars - Stanley Miller - Unique Features - daily panel - 1945
The Merriers - Stan Campbell - Eric Jon Associates - weekly strip - 1958-62
Merry Mixup - Barbara Jones - Allied Features - daily panel - 1970-71
Merry Moments - Eg Margo - Queen Features - weekly panel - 1939
Merry-Go-Round - Jerry Marcus - Roberts News Service - weekly panel - 1962-67
Michael Brand - William Barry - Adventure Features - daily strip - 1975-76
Miffy - Dudley Buxton - Miller Services - daily strip - 1934
Mighty O'Malley - George Merkle/Dean Miller - Chricago Tribune-NY News Syndicate - Sunday strip - 1947-49
Mike O'Kay - Roberts - Wheeler-Nicholson - daily strip - 1926 (found! in Lowell Sun)
Millie - Roger Mahoney and Andrew Pilcher - North America Syndicate - daily strip - 1992-96 (British strip?)
Milly - C. Decker - Lloyd James Williams Co. - daily panel - 1939
Milo - Ronald Boerem - Danny Ball Productions - weekly strip - 1978-79
Mimi - Mary Dorman - National Newspaper Service - daily panel - 1974
Mind's Eye - Jerome Chamberlain - Trans-World News Service - daily panel - 1976
Mini-Poster - Don Addis - Willow Creek Syndicate - daily panel - 1969
Minit Movies - Irving Phillips - Thompson Service - daily panel - 1933-34
Minstrel Lore - Robert Larsen - Pat Anderson Features - daily panel - 1976
Mr. Cheerio - Milt Lichtenstein - Leeds Features - daily panel - 1933
Moccasin Trails - Mike Roy - Royal Features - daily panel - 1960-61 (alternate title for Hoss Laffs?)
Modern Planes - Les Marshall - Eisner-Iger Associates - weekly panel - 1937-39
Mojoe - Edward Bryant - self-syndicated - weekly - 1991-92
Mom's Boarding House - Gerald Bennett - Dickson Features - daily panel - 1979
Mona - uncredited - Vaz Diaz International - daily strip - 1954-69
Moonshines - J.D. McFarland - self-syndicated - weekly strip - 1968-69
Morgan Rogers in Days of Queen Elizabeth - A.S. Curtis - Curtis Features - daily strip - 1949-50
Mother Goose - Eleanor Schorer - Columbia Newspaper Service - weekly strip - 1926-27 (do have the 1915 series)
Motorization of Mr. Man - James Henderson - Ullman Features - weekly panel - 1931
The Mountain Ranger - Ralph Matz - self-syndicated - daily strip - 1940
Movie Epochs - R. Dale Armstrong - Fred Harman Features - daily - 1934 [John Mackenzie tells me that this feature was photo and essay, no cartoons involved, and so ineligible for SG]
Movie Gig - Jim Richardson - Dickson-Bennett - daily strip - 1983-84
Mr. 2 by 4 - Jack O'Brien - Nationwide Features - daily panel - 1949-50 [Charles Thompson supplies proof that Nationwide was a producer of advertising strips; not eligible for SG listing]
Mr. Big - Tim Newlin - self-syndicated - daily and Sunday strip - 1992
Mr. Dilly - Bil Dwyer - Globe Syndicate - daily strip - 1948
Mr. Housewife - Clayton Strohmeyer - Creators Syndicate - daily and Sunday strip - 2002-03
Mr. Magic - Shirley Spillman - Pacific News Service - daily and Sunday panel - 1961-62
Mr. McCivic, Taxpayer - MEB - Eagle Syndicate - daily strip - 1934 (did NOT run in Brooklyn Eagle)
Mr. Sandman - Frank Vydra - National Newspaper Syndicate - daily and Sunday strip - 1970
Mr. Skooch - Charles Saxton - Atlas Features - weekly strip - 1951-59
Mr. and Mrs. Homer - Everrett Lowry - self-syndicated - weekly panel - 1932
Mrs. Weber's Diary - Posy Simmonds - Feature Associates - weekly strip - 1983 (British strip)
Muldoon - Bob Meyer - Oceanic Press Service - weekly strip - 1983-95
Murfy - Buzz Gambill - self-syndicated - daily panel - 1994-present
Murphy's Law - Nick Frising - Allied Features - daily panel - 1979-89
Muscle Movies - uncredited - Wheeler-Nicholson - daily panel - 1926
Musings of the Mad - His Mark - Fine Arts Syndicate - weekly strip - 1932
Musk Malone - Larry McNeil - Midwest Syndicate - daily strip - 1946
My Big Brudder - Frank Engli - Eastern Color Printing - weekly strip - 1930-34
My Stars - Ken Bruns - LA Times Syndicate - daily panel - 1976 [found! B. McNamara supplies proof that the panel ran in the Knoxville News-Sentinel --- thanks B!]
Labels: Mystery Strips
By the way, while you're at it again, there are many comments on previous pages that should be incorporated into the lists.
Re Jack and Tyler, Tonra told me it did run but he couldn't recall a paper I could check for it. So we're in a holding pattern until someone spots it.
As to the comments, I read and respond to every comment as necessary and apply the results to the list as applicable. Could you be more specific as to what I missed? Did you see something that I should have followed up on?
makes it sound like that paper would be a good place to check.
As for "Jack and Tyler"; again no proof, but I have reason to believe that it ran in the Deseret News in the Spring of 1996 until it got cancelled.
Babs and Aldo
Greg-Jim Humorous Adventures
In Their Own Words
Bob Artley's feature is sort of a special case because there's no doubt it MUST have run somewhere. I've read and enjoyed his many reprint books of the material. Problem I see with Artley's feature is that I suspect it wasn't necessarily issued on a regular basis, and/or the cartoons may have been one part of a text feature (wither of which can take it out of SG indexing territory). Thanks for the link, I'll put this paper down as one to check if and when I get the opportunity. BTW, isn't it weird that newspaperarchive, with all those little midwest papers, can't seem to find a single one that ran Artley?
As for Tonra's strip, I'll add Deseret News to my research list (the list that rival's Santa's for length).
Fair 'nuff, I did overlook a few items, or at least not report back. Let's run through them:
Afterworld - I had corresponded with Todd Showalter before embarking on the mystery list and never had any luck getting the name of a newspaper or sample tearsheets from him, so you're right, I didn't follow up on his msg. Either he's shy or doesn't have newspaper clients. Todd, if you're out there, help us out buddy!
Babs and Aldo - oops, I did follow up on that one, but then forget to mark it off the list. It ran in the Deseret Morning News. Taken care of now.
Bachelor Party - Charles Brubaker gave me a list of papers to check. I haven't had an opportunity to look at any of them yet. Should have on my last trip to the Library of Congress but time was short and I had a lot of material to cover.
Berenstain Bears - when Cole Johnson talks you bet I pay attention ... but I should have followed up. I assumed that Cole got this nugget from his brother Mark, who works at King. Am I right Cole? Can you give us any details?
Everybody's Business - it was on Copley's website, but I still haven't found it in a paper. Copley features are notoriously hard to find - most of them don't even run in Copley-owned papers. Very weird syndicate.
Ffarm.com - It's on my research list but I haven't had the opportunity to look at the Hartford Courant yet. Inter-library loan, especially with the volume of material I need to look at, is a long, slow process.
Greg-Jim Humorous Adventures - W. Morgan said it probably ran in the Toronto Star. Probably did, but I'm looking for appearances in U.S. newspapers only.
In Their Own Words - This msg came in while the blog was inactive, on hiatus while my wife was dealing with some major health issues. I'll follow up on it now.
But did they manage to sell them to anyone in the US? I don't even recall seeing them in the weekly syndicate books of that era.
I have reason to believe that this feature ran in Delphi (Ind.) Sun-Journal starting at least around November 1992.
Not sure if this is much help, but Comic Strip Wiki claimed a start and end date for Mr. Housewife
Title: Mr. Housewife
Began: November 10, 2002
Ended: February 7, 2004
Syndicate: Creators Syndicate
Cartoonist: Clayton Strohmeyer
And there was a write-up for the strip in Cartoonist Profiles (which you probably know), from MSU
"Mr. Housewife" / by Clayton Strohmeyer. p. 30-41 in
Cartoonist Profiles, no. 137 (Mar. 2003). -- Strohmeyer
writes about his strip, Mr. Housewife. Includes sample
strips and a photograph of the artist. -- Call no.:
Of course, this doesn't mean it actually made it to a paper. Would Creator's Syndicate have any contact information for him or any of the others?
-Ray Bottorff Jr
Memories of a Former Kid - Bob Artley - Extra Newspaper Features - weekly strip - 1986-95
It seemed to have enough material to have a book published of the material:
Its possible some of the author's other titles maybe reprint books too...
Artley, Bob. Cartoons: From the Newspaper Series Memories of a Former Kid. Ames, Iowa: Iowa State University Press, 1989.
Since most of his books seem to be published by Iowa publishers, perhaps the strip appeared in Iowa papers?
Re Mr. Housewife, glad to have the dates, now all I need is some proof that it did indeed make it to papers. Anyone?
Re Artley's feature, those points were covered in the comments above yours.
Thanks much for checking with Mark on this strip. Now all I have to do to put this one to bed is get hold of one of those papers. Unfortunately easier said than done because few libraries will do inter-library loan on 'current' (!) papers. For instance I just got a rebuff from CT on the Hartford Courant -- they're happy to loan out older film, but the newer stuff is off-limits. Sigh.
If only we had blog readers in these cities who were willing to do a little local library research in exchange for fabulous goodie boxes we'd be all set.
Am I begging hard enough folks?
I wrote Millie, one of the London Daily Mirror strips you're asking about, from 1990 through to 1995. Did we get published in the States? The answer is yes, but it's a yes with an asterisk against it.
All the pull sheets I used to receive from the Mirror prior to publication were copyrighted to the Daily Newspapers Limited and distributed by Syndication International. However, I always thought that our interests in the States were handled by King features - they always used to send a Christmas card. To my knowledge, we never had a sale in the States, but strangely, I used to get a lot of fan mail from US prisons - maybe someone can explain to me the connection between comics fandom and incarceration, it used to puzzle the hell out of me! Occasionally I'd get a round robin letter from a US charity asking for a mention during a fund raising event (invariably arriving on my doorstep in the UK three months after the event). So someone knew about us...
Around 1994/95 a thinly localised version of the Mirror was printed in the States and distributed in areas with high populations of ex-pat Brits. I can vouch for this as I bought a few copies in San Francisco on holiday one year. So that's my yes with an asterisk.
Hope this helps.
Thanks for the very interesting info! Regarding King Features, they operate North America Syndicate so they're really the same thing.
I'm completely at a loss regarding your prison fan base. I know the US incarcerates a greater percentage of our population than any other country, but I don't think they're publishing their own papers with syndicated strips ... yet.
According to this August 11, 2008 article in the Worthington Daily Globe, Bob Artley seems to be residing in your neck of the woods.
Well, at least in your state.
On weekends, the NY Post ran a kid's strip named "Mr Nugent's *"
(*I can't remember the rest of the name.)
The strip included puzzles, picture games, etc.
I remember enjoying it, but when i Googled it, I found no mention anywhere.
Maybe I've mispelled it, but I don't think I have.
The feature you're thinking of is "Uncle Art's Funland" by Art Nugent.
Check this link:
I checked a representative set of 1976 dates of the Deseret News in the Google archives, find nothing of that description.
I rechecked newspaperarchive though, and did find My Stars by Ken Bruns in th Charleston Daily Mail. It was an astrology cartoon.
"One of his most popular editorial features was a series of cartoons based on his memories of growing up on a farm near Hampton, Iowa.
“About once a week, as relief from the world and politics and so forth, I started doing this ‘Memories of a Former Kid,’” recalled Artley in a 2007 feature story in the Daily Globe marking his 90th birthday. 'I think, actually, what happened was they had a special (section) they’d put out once in a while, a farm special, and I did some drawings that were like ‘Memories of a Former Kid,' and we called it that in this one issue, and that’s where the name started. Then I started doing a weekly cartoon to replace the editorial cartoon.'"
Sunday, November 25, 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.
Labels: Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics