Monday, October 12, 2009


Obscurity of the Day: Eph Jackson

The highly regarded Saturday Evening Post cartoonist Herbert Johnson was for a short time the art director of the Sunday comics section of the Philadelphia North American (specifically 1906-09 as per Rick Marschall). During that period Johnson only applied his considerable talent to a Sunday comics feature once. His somewhat crude but energetically drawn Eph Jackson, also known as Uncle Eph Jackson, had a short run from December 3 1905 to February 11 1906. The stereotyping, both of blacks and rural whites, tempers our appreciation today for this otherwise delightful feature.

Thanks again to Cole Johnson who provided the scan.


I love the interaction between the two dogs along the bottom of the strip!

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