Monday, March 01, 2010


News of Yore 1925: Bulletins, Gossip and Announcements

With The Cartoonists
(from Cartoons & Movies magazine #9, June 1925)

Bud Fisher, the well-known comic artist, is reputed to own the most expensive suit of clothes in the world. It cost him $21,000. And here is the explanation:

Bud now and then takes some of his vast earnings and makes an excursion into business. Recently he decided to back a tailor in a rather gaudy little salon on Madison Avenue, New York. It was opened with a flourish. Bud ordered the first suit. He received it in a week. The next week the shop blew up in bankruptcy, and all Fisher has retrieved out of the wreckage is that single suit of clothes, which he values very highly.


There is one cartoonist in this country who did not draw a commencement day cartoon for June, but we do not know who he is. Would some reader be kind enough to enlighten us?

And somewhere there may be a comic artist who is not planning a funny strip on the subject of vacation, but we doubt it.

We thought we had discovered a pen-and-ink slinger for the Hall of Fame. He did not produce a "welcome-to-Spring" picture this year. Investigation revealed, however, that the near-hero died during the winter. We strongly suspected this, our only other guess being that his lusty right arm was paralyzed.


Sidney Smith, creator of "The Gumps," a widely known comic strip, is mourning the loss of his wife, who died recently at their home at Lake Geneva, Wis. Shortly after her death a statue of Andy Gump was unveiled on the front steps of the Douglas County Courthouse, Omaha. Mr. Smith did not attend the unveiling, but a few days later he went to Omaha to address the Ad-Sell League.


Jay Norwood Darling (Ding), the Des Moines cartoonist who has been ill for many weeks in a hospital, continues to improve, according to latest reports. He is now able to sit up several hours a day, and enjoys listening in on the radio installed in his room. He hears the stations broadcast bulletins about his own health, in addition to regular programs.


Walter J. Enright, of the McClure Newspaper Syndicate, has just put out a new fairy-tale strip which bids fair to become popular. [it was "Once Upon a Time" -- Allan]


The Cosmos Newspaper Syndicate, Inc.,, of New York, recently signed up Tom Brown, cartoonist, to produce a daily two-column comic strip entitled "Obedient Benny." [never seen it -- Have you? -- Allan]


John Held, Jr., known as the creator of "O! Margy" (United Features Syndicate, of New York) is spending the summer touring the Mediterranean. Latest reports had him visiting Gibraltar and Morocco.


Comic-strip fans welcome the appearance of three new gems: "Ella Cinders," by Bill Conselman; "Good Scout Tommy," by Edward McCullough, and "Scoop, the Cub Reporter" (revived) by Frank Hopkins, of Camden, S. C.

The three are handled respectively by the Metropolitan Newspaper Service, New York, the New York World Syndicate and the New York Herald-Tribune Syndicate.

"Ella Cinders derives her name from and is based on Cinderella," Max Elser, Jr., president of Metropolitan explained. "The Cinderella motif is generally accepted in fiction, in the movies and in the legitimate drama as the most popular of all themes.

"This new strip of the Metropolitan was planned last summer, by its originator, Conselman, formerly of the editorial staff of the Los Angeles Times. The drawing is the work of Charlie Plumb, who was formerly on the Los Angeles Times. The introductory strips were drawn last year."

McCullough is also creator of "Embarrassing Moments" for the Chicago Tribune Newspapers Syndicate, and produces a weekly comic strip called "Folks in Our Town" for the Publishers Autocaster Service, Inc.

(more tomorrow...)


What is the scop about this Cartoons & Movies magazine you have been quoting from lately? Is it a short lived magazine of the mid-20s? I never heard of it before. Care to describe what it is like -- format, content, mix of movie and cartoon news (does it also cover animation or justlive action?).
Cartoons & Movies was the revivified version of the old Cartoons Magazine. The original Cartoons was rejiggered as a western pulp mag in mid-1921 called Wayside Tales. That title apparently didn't do well, and at the end of 1923 they resurrected Cartoons. The new version was not at all like the original --gone were most of the editorial cartoons, replaced by gag cartoons, many by amateurs (or amateurish anyway) and photos of starlets in various stages of undress. The mag was much smaller, about 68 pages rather than several hundred.

And if you think Cartoons magazines are hard to come by, they're downright plentiful compared to Cartoons & Movies.

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