Thursday, February 04, 2010


E&P 1950 News Round-Up

N. Y. News Adds Comic Pages to Pre-Date
(E&P, 7/29/50)

In a bid for more pre-date sales, the New York Sunday News will add eight extra comic pages Sept. 17 for circulation outside the metropolitan area, Executive Editor Richard W. Clarke disclosed. The move will provide a minimum of a 24-page comic section for the country edition.
The additional pages will include four Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate strips: "Timmy," by Howard Sparber; "Aggie Mack" by Hal Rasmusson; "Texas Slim" by Ferd Johnson; and "Harold Teen" by Carl Ed. The News had dropped "Harold Teen' 'to make room for "Hopalong Cassidy," Los Angeles Mirror Enterprises comic. Two pages are being drawn especially for the expanded section: "Laughing Matter" by Salo, who does the daily panel for the syndicate; and "Rufus," new dog page by Jeff Keate.

[Allan's note: I've never seen this "Rufus" strip -- anyone seen it?]

Palooka's Pal Cheered
(E&P, 7/22/500)
SOUTH BEND—More than 2,000 youngsters greeted Humphrey Pennyworth, "Joe Palooka's" pal when he visited South Bend, Ind., under the auspices of the South Bend Tribune. Pennyworth, who is on a good-will tour sponsored by Lions International, came to town riding his Humphreymobile and dressed exactly like cartoonist Ham Fisher's famous character.
Pennyworth had no formal program. After his public appearance at one of the city's parks he visited two crippled children's homes and the children's tuberculosis hospital.

Pennyworth is in real life Howard Hector, 26, of Cortland, Ohio.

Hillbilly Comic
(E&P, 7/22/50)
"Travelin' Arkie," daily only comic featuring a homespun hero and Arkansas folk lore, will be released Sept. 4 by Ving Features Syndicate, Sherman Oaks, Calif. Cartoonist, under five-year-contract, is Staff Artist Courtney Alderson of the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee, a native Arkansan.
McClatchy Newspapers were among the first customers.

Page for Children
(E&P, 9/30/50)
A new Sunday comic page "for children only" makes its debut this month when NEA Service launches "Tom Trick, the Fun Detective" with the initial release on Oct. 29. Development of "Tom Trick" came as a result of the many "If I Were Editor" reader surveys conducted by newspapers in recent years. In city after city, readers asked for more features of interest to children of elementary school age.

The "Tom Trick" page includes puzzles, cutouts, things to make, coloring 'and art projects, parlor magic and games. While the primary motive is entertainment, there are also a few sugar-coated educational ideas packed away in the drawings. All of the features are tied together with a central character, Tom Trick, who tells the young reader what to do and how to do it. Artist Dale Goss is an educator and former newspaperman.

Wartime Gags For 'Hit "n' Run'
(E&P, 9/16/50)
Buckley, the star of AP News-Features' gag panel "Hit N' Run" is going to war starting Oct. 2. The panel, in one and two column sizes, will carry the title "Slice of Ham." Cartoonist Joe Cunningham is a former combat photographer and artist for Yank magazine and created Buckley for Yank.

William Paul Pim, 65, artist who drew the "Baby Mine" and "Telling Tommy" syndicated features for newspapers and formerly a cartoonist with the Cleveland (O.) Plain Dealer and Birmingham, Ala., newspapers, July 26 1950, in Birmingham.

Frank J. Finch, 71, for many years a cartoonist for the Denver (Colo.) Post over the signature of Doc Bird Finch, September 1 1950.


Gene Fowler in SKYLINE recalls when Damon Runyon and Doc Bird Finch "greeted" kids as Santa and his bird assistant in a Denver Post promotion. Santa Runyon had knocked a few back and Finch snuck a bottle of rye inside the beak of his costume. According to Fowler, "it is said that several of the children became atheists that day"!
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