Thursday, September 17, 2009
News of Yore 1950: Radio Star Comes to Funnies Page
"Irma", Radio-Movie Star, Goes Newspaper
Flushed with success over Hopalong Cassidy's newspaper fling following TV and radio build-up, Los Angeles Mirror Enterprises Syndicate will do more of the same. This time it's "My Friend Irma" (Marie Wilson on CBS and in movies) who will be the subject of a comic strip.
The gag-a-day, without continuity, and due Sept. 11, is drawn by 33-year-old Jack Seidel, who sold his first cartoon at 18 and has been coached by Merrill ("Freckles and His Friends") Blosser, Ed ("Mark Trail") Dodd, Jimmy ("They'll Do It Every Time") Hatlo and others.
The contract was with Columbia Broadcasting, which owns character rights. Cy Howard created and directs the radio program.
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