Thursday, August 07, 2008
News of Yore 1952: Napoleon Moves to the Coast
"Napoleon" Strip Moves To Mirror Syndicate
By Erwin Knoll (E&P, 9/20/52)
The "Napoleon and Uncle Elby" strip, one of the old-timers on newspaper comic pages, gets a new syndicate outlet next month. Mirror Enterprises Syndicate, Los Angeles, will handle distribution of the strip beginning with the daily release for Oct. 13 and the Sunday release for Oct. 19. Lafave Newspaper Features, Cleveland, has serviced the strip since its inception 20 years ago.
"Napoleon" nearly wound up on the scrap heap of dead newspaper features last year when its original creator, Clifford McBride, died. Subscribing editors, aware of the strip's distinctive art style and old-time flavor, saw little possibility of its continuation. But Margot McBride, the artist's widow, was determined not to let the strip die.
She hired Roger Armstrong, a former student and assistant of her husband's, to draw the strip, and herself took on the job of conceiving ideas, writing dialogue and supervising the art work. Together they maintain the style of Mr. McBride's old-time art and humor, despite the fact that Mrs. McBride is 29 and he 34.
As proof of their success Rex Barley, manager of MES, cites the fact that some papers which dropped the strip at the time of Mr. McBride's death have returned to the fold, while new ones have been added.
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With the death of Jack Kamen, I was wondering if his (and George Thatcher's) comic strip "Inspector Dayton" ever appeared in newspapers.
I notice you don't have it in the Mystery Strips, but I haven't found anything to assure me that it actually ran in the papers.
refresh our memory how long did it run by Armstrong?
The feature was advertised one more time, in 1974, by Jerry Iger's Phoenix Features, obviously now offered in reprints.
Steven - Napoleon was put down in 1960. And I don't know if Clifford had himself a child bride or if Margot subscribed to the Jack Benny school of age reporting. From the grainy pic I'm gonna guess the latter.