Thursday, December 16, 2010


Obscurity of the Day: Skimpy

Well, it's been a long while since we covered one of the New York Herald-Tribune's filler strips, so let's rectify that. As regular readers of the blog know, during most of the 40s and 50s, the H-T ran a series of sixth-page strips as fillers when the page layout required. Usually this happened when they ran a page with a half-page strip and a third-page ad. The extra space would be taken by a one-tier filler.

Most of these 'filler' strips are eminently forgettable, with some notable exceptions. The great Harvey Kurtzman's Silver Linings, for example. Skimpy, on the other hand, well, let's just say I'm not expecting Fantagraphics or IDW to issue a reprint volume anytime soon. It was, however, one of the more frequently used filler strips in the H-T, so someone thought well of it.

Joe Calcagno's filler strip ran as needed in the Sunday comics section of the H-T from March 7 1948 to November 12 1950.


Hello, Allan----Knowing the litigious aspects of Percy Crosby, I'm surprised the Herald Tribune got away with this one.
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