Friday, November 19, 2010
Obscurity of the Day:: Terr'ble Thompson
The strip had a lot going for it. Great art, cute fantasy stories -- it had the qualities necessary for a strip that would really catch on. But Deitch was burning the candle at both ends, producing the strip at night after running the UPA animation studio during the day. When CBS Television bought the Terrytoons animation studio and asked Deitch to run it, a hard decision had to be made. Reluctantly, Deitch gave up his newspaper dreams in exchange for an important position in the new world of television animation.
Unlike most obscure strips, Terr'ble Thompson has always had a fan following because of its connection with the beloved Tom Terrific cartoons. In 2006 Fantagraphics issued a complete reprinting of the strip, a recommended book for your comic strip library.
Thanks to Cole Johnson for the scans!