Monday, December 15, 2008

 

Mystery Strips of E&P - "O" Listings

Tomorrow we'll start on a program of Christmas posts at the Stripper's Guide blog, but here's some mystery strips for you to ponder over the holidays. As you'll no doubt recall from previous installments of this series, the following features were all listed in the Editor & Publisher annual Syndicate Directory listings. Problem is that I have not been able to find these ones in any American newspaper. I'm looking for positive proof that (1) these features did indeed exist, (2) they are actually comics of some sort and weren't just mislabeled in E&P, and (3) they ran in U.S. newspapers. If you have any information about any mystery strip on this list please, please, please tell me all about it. And if you can provide positive proof that the mystery feature did indeed run in U.S. newspapers (a tearsheet is ideal proof) and qualifies for listing in the Stripper's Guide index, you can be the recipient of a goodie box chock full of all manner of comic strip ephemera -- could be reprint books, old tearsheets, magazines, original art or all of the above. Trust me that my goodie boxes do not disappoint!

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Here's the mystery features starting with letter "O" as in "Oh no! More mysteries!". Each listing has the title, years advertised, creator(s), syndicate and format. Sorry, I'd put these in a more attractive tabular form, but Blogger plays havoc with tables:

O'Malley's Law, 1979-83, Scott Smith, Feature Associates, weekly strip
O. Johnny, 1960-63, Ghilchik, Sun News Features, daily strip (British feature by David Ghilchik?)
O.O., 1978-81, Stan Meritakis, self-syndicated, daily strip
Odd But So, 1950-54, Joe Fabian, Words & Pictures Syndicate, daily panel
Odd Ball, 1983-93, J. Kuchera, Oceanic Press Service, weekly strip
Odd Truths, 1935, Carl Kuhn, Thompson Service, daily panel (Canadian?)
Oddities of Nature, 1947-61, Chuck Thorndike, A.S. Curtis Features, weekly panel
Oddities of the News, 1937-42, Al Blum and Alex Boon, General Features, weekly panel
Odditowns, 1935, Mike Brady, Allied Features, daily panel
Oddograms, 1935, James Burke and Edward Mason, Allied Features, daily panel
Offline, 1996-2005, Herb Stansbury, Davy Associates, daily and Sunday strip
Office Frolics, 1979, Art McCourt, Feature Associates, weekly
Oh! Oswald, 1948-52, Jean Leo and Martine Martin, Press Alliance, daily
Olaf, 1961, R.D. Hassler, Chicgo Tribune-NY News Syndicate, daily strip
Old Is, 1979, Dominic Poelsma and Marcella Markham, NY Times Special Features, daily panel
The Old South, 1936, Wilbur G. Kurtz, Triton Syndicate, daily panel
Old Timer, 1939, Ed Wheelan, Bell Syndicate, daily panel
Oliver Twist, 1939, C. David Vormelker, Jolyon Features, daily strip
On The Beat, 1998-99, Oliver Gaspirtz, self-syndicated, weekly panel (apparently a magazine feature, not eligible for SG index)
On The Way Out, 1991, Craig Rogers, Sparks Syndication, weekly
One Liners, 1973, Henny Youngman, N.E. Coan, daily panel
One Up, 1963-66, Lew Saw, National Newspaper Service, daily strip
One For The Road, 1976-79, Kern Pederson, Trans World News, weekly panel
Oscar the Giraffe, 1946, R.S. Matz, Unique Features, daily strip
Oscy, 1985-88, Mike Liper, United Cartoonist Syndicate, daily
Otto Knox, 1924, Sidney Light, Hoosier News Service, panel
Our America, 1938-39, Frederick Polley, Esquire Features, weekly panel
Our Country Cousins, 1939, Joe Buresch, National Art Features, daily panel
Our Faith, 1955-61, Carl Pfeufer, Eric Jon Associates, weekly panel
Our Oscar, 1971, Edgar Allen Jr., Register & Tribune Syndicate, daily panel
Our Paper Boy, 1976-78, Kern Pederson, Trans World News, weekly panel
Our Parish, 1959-79, Peg O'Connell aka Margaret Ahern, National Catholic Welfare Conference, weekly panel
Out Of This World, 1956, Charles Addams, McClure Syndicate, Sunday panel (Found by D.D. Degg in Pasadena Independent - thanks DD!)
Over Fifty, 1989-94, Keith M. Manzella, Newspaper Features, daily strip
Overheard At America's Lunch Counters, 1985, Susan Catherine, Willow Creek Syndicate, weekly

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"Out of This World" by Chas Addams
I heard about this not all that long ago and was stunned that it was not in all the history books. I mean, c'mon, Charles Addams!
But, unbelievably, I guess it wasn't all that popular.
I did find it in the Pasadena (Ca.) Independent on June 17, and July 1, 1956, both on the Editorial page (pg A2) and both on a Sunday.
Also on Monday January 2, 1956 it ran, also on the editorial page, in the San Antonio Express (pg 4A).
The Express deleted all the copyright notices.
 
Good job finding those Addams samples DD. I did a few searches for this series and that crappy newspaperarchive search kept ignoring everything but the word 'world' and giving me thousands of hits. What's your secret?

I'll put together a goodie package for you. Already have your address.

Thanks again, Allan
 
Odd Ball, 1983-93, J. Kuchera, Oceanic Press Service, weekly strip

Looks like it is the same material as this item at MSU's comic art collection:

Oddballs / John Kuchera. -- Rochester, N.Y. : Kuchera, 1985.
-- 44 p. : ill. ; 26 cm. -- In title, second 'd' reversed,
'a' upside-down, and 's' reversed.
1. Balls (Sporting goods)--Comic books, strips, etc. I.
Kuchera, John. Call no.: PN6727.K815O3 1985
 
Offline, 1996-2005, Herb Stansbury, Davy Associates, daily and Sunday strip

Here are some possible clues to where to find this strip:

http://www.allbusiness.com/services/business-services-miscellaneous-business/4702510-1.html

Davy Debuts 'Dude' Comic
By E&P Staff
Publication: Editor & Publisher
Date: Friday, May 28 2004
Davy Associates has introduced "Dude," a weekly comic starring a young office worker. It's by Herb Stansbury, who also draws "Offline" for the San Clemente, Calif.-based syndicate.

Other features being offered by Davy include the topical "Topics" cartoon by Harley Schwadron and a weekly crossword puzzle by Charles Preston.


I wonder if this was seen in regional business papers and magazines throughout the country?
 
Going back to the Offline panel...

Here is the syndicate, perhaps the people there know:

Davy Associates
215 Avenida Del Mar # E
SAN CLEMENTE, CA 92672 USA
Daytime Number: (949) 498-0833
 
Our Parish, 1959-79, Peg O'Connell then Margaret Ahern, National Catholic Welfare Conference, weekly panel

Peg was an alias for Maragret, here is her bio from her son:

http://comicstripfan.com/bios/a/ahernmargaret.htm

I won't reprint the bio here, but I am almost positive this strip could have been syndicated to Catholic newsletters, church papers. magazines, et al.

my best
-Ray
 
On The Beat, 1998-99, Oliver Gaspirtz, self-syndicated, weekly panel

I would be willing to bet this went to police related magazines:

Gaspirtz bio

https://live.orato.com/node/12978

And his website:
http://www.gaspirtz.com/
 
Hi Ray --
Thanks very much for all the research you did.

Oddballs -- I ordered a copy of the book. We'll see if that sheds any light on the matter.

Offline/Dude -- I found that same press release. Unfortunately it appears that Davy Associates is no more, though. They stopped advertising in E&P after 2005 and I tried the phone number, it's disconnected. Since there was a crossword puzzle offered I figured it might have catered to weekly papers, but no luck finding any that used their stuff. Perhaps some Davy alum will see this and come forward with some info. But keep reading below -- maybe Davy was online material only.

Our Parish -- I assumed it was a church paper feature as well, and her bio seems to support that. I went ahead and ordered a copy of the reprint book, though, to see if it sheds any more light on the matter. Thanks for the bio link.

On The Beat -- excellent links! I'd say that feature can be stricken as Stripper's Guide material based on that bio. Also note the Davy Associates link with the press release. If Gaspirtz is saying he has done exclusively online content since 2000, and he had a feature with Davy, ergo Davy was some sort of Internet only syndicate? Maybe we're done with Davy after all (for Stripper's Guide indexing that is).

Again, thanks very much for all the research you did Ray.

--Allan
 
"Overheard At America's Lunch Counters" definitely existed and produced at least one collection (http://www.amazon.com/Overheard-at-Americas-Lunch-Counters/dp/0312029616). It ran in one of the Seattle alternative weeklies...either The Stranger or The Rocket, and may have been syndicated to a few other papers. She also co-wrote an issue of Joe Sacco's first series, YAHOO.
 
Hi Devlin -
I agree, "Lunch Counters" did indeed run in some alternative papers. We're looking for appearances in 'mainstream' papers. Alt-paper appearances don't qualify for listing in my index.

--Allan
 
Allan, I go through Google News.
Open up newspaperarchive in a window and minimize.
Open up Google News in a new window.
Search for item. Use quotation marks.
"Out of this World" "charles addams"
in the search box brought up the feature because Charles Addams was a selling point and his name was printed with the panel title.
"Out of this world"
in the search box brings up a heck of a lot more hits, reducing the search to 1955 - 1955 reduces the search to almost 2,000 hits.
The more unique the title, the more complete the information, the better.
When you find a likely candidate click on the link and it will open because you have already opened newspaperarchive.
Due to space limitations, I leave it to you to fine-tune the search methods.
 
Hi DD -
I'm confused (a semi-permanent state). Does Google News search the newspaperarchive database with its own search engine, or does it just send on the request to NA's search engine? In other words, do you get better/different results from Google? If that's the case then hosannas are in order because NA's search engine is horribly buggy. I also I hate the 'feature' of fuzzy searches (which would be useful IF I could turn it off when I don't want it).

--Allan
 
"Does Google News search the newspaperarchive database with its own search engine..."
Uhhh, you tell me Allan.
I'm a 20th Century Man who's made it to the 21st Century. I'm still trying to figure out how they get those big tubes into a monitor that's only an inch or two deep.
 
>I agree, "Lunch Counters" did >indeed run in some alternative >papers. We're looking for >appearances in 'mainstream' papers. >Alt-paper appearances don't qualify >for listing in my index.

so how do you determine what's mainstream and what alternative?
 
Hi Steven -
While there's some gray area between alternative papers and mainstream ones, I consider a paper to be 'alternative' if (1) it focuses specifically on a particular lifestyle or audience (i.e. sexual persuasion, religious persuasion etc.), or (2) it does not cover general interest news to the extent of a 'mainstream' paper -- in other words if it focuses on entertainment, humor or what have you rather than reporting actual news. Some alt-papers give a nod to reporting news. Those free papers that are popping up in Washington, New York and Boston, for instance, do cover a news story or two in each issue, but pretty much just as a teaser to get people to pick them up. Inside is mostly restaurant, music and other entertainment stuff. Close to a real newspaper, but not quite there.

Yes, I know there is plenty of room for argument on my definition.

--Allan
 
Oh, I know the line has to be drawn somewhere. and of course, it's going to be the weeklies that are the most problem. Is the village Voice mainstream or alternative? Each Village Other? etc etc -- (and this may mean you have to determine what news is.... grin ).

(oh, and Peg is a nickname for Margaret, not an alias)

Steven Rowe
 
Hi Steven --
The Voice is right in that gray area, I've been meaning for a long time to take a serious look at it to determine whether or not its something I should index. The Other I think more comfortably fits in the alt-paper column based on issues I've seen.

By the way, the creator's alias for Our Parish is the last name -- O'Connell vs. Ahern.

--Allan
 
An update -- the Our Parish and Oddballs reprint books arrived in the mail. Unfortunately neither book discusses any specific papers running the features, so we're no further on these two.

--Allan
 
Here's another one to add to this list.
It's a daily panel called "Our Ancestors" and it ran from 1961-1965. It was created and drawn by editorial cartoonist Richard Q. Yardley. The source for this is Yardley's obit from the NY Times.
 
Hi Susan --
It's not a mystery strip, though. It ran in many papers and I've documented it thoroughly for the index.
 
Oh Oswald is original from France, although Jean Léo was born in Belgium. In France the comic was called "Oscar" and appeared first in Le Parisien Libéré in 1947. In ran 20 years in dozens of newspapers.
 
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