Thursday, June 03, 2010
Obscurity of the Day: Uncle George Washington Bings, the Village Storyteller
The star of the show was that staple of small-town life, the old-timer who loved to tell tall tales to anyone who would listen. This sort of character was a regular in prose humor of the day, but curiously enough few of these leg-pullers were employed on the comics pages.
Although the series ended in 1908, McClure occasionally used a reprint of the strip to fill a hole in later sections, and Uncle George can be seen every once in a while popping up as late as 1912.
Hello, Allan----Were the post-1908 UNCLE GEORGE WASHINGTON BINGS episodes reprints, or were they being used for the first time?-------Quite a difference from my old scanner (Humboldt Standard) and my new one (Columbus Press Post), eh?---Cole Johnson.
The 1912 ones are definitely reprints, can't absolutely vouch for the occasional one that ran 1909-1911.
What great artwork! Strong lines, nice use of shadow and light, great expressions. Feels more like 1950's Mad than early 1900's.Post a Comment