Saturday, July 31, 2010
Thursday, November 28 1907 -- More local theatre in Los Angeles, this time a production of The Lightning Conductor, a most modern play concerning the "strange adventures of a motor-car" starring Florence Stone and Dick Ferris.
Labels: Herriman's LA Examiner Cartoons
Friday, July 30, 2010
Obscurity of the Day: Wild Animals You've Never Met
Thanks to Cole Johnson for the sample!
I would guess the title is a reference to the book Wild Animals I Have Known by Ernest Thompson Seton.
Thanks, as always, for posting the good stuff, Allan!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Obscurity of the Day: The House of Mirth
The House of Mirth ran in McClure's Otis F. Wood-copyrighted Sunday section from March 4 to June 25 1906, and returned for a single later appearance in the section on August 4 1907 (probably a left-over). In 1916 the strip ran in b&w reprints from the International Cartoon Company, sold to a few podunk papers.
Thanks to Cole Johnson for the samples!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Obscurity of the Day: The Alley Kids
Thompson moved to Seattle and produced cartoons for the Seattle Times as early as October 1929; he signed his cartoons, Ben Thompson. In the 1930 census his name was recorded as "Benton F. Thompson"; his occupation was an artist in the newspaper industry. For the Times he and co-writer Robert Edgren did a daily cartoon called, "Listen to This One" from June 1930 to March 1932.
Thompson moved on to comic books in New York. The Comiclopedia (lambiek.net/artists/t/thompson_ben.htm) has samples of his comic book work as well as a brief biography which is based on information at Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928-1999 (www.bailsprojects.com/(S(qtydph45eleqmdihifhwmgu3))/bio.aspx?Name=THOMPSON%2c+BEN). The Grand Comics Database has a detailed list of Thompson's work at www.comics.org/credit/name/ben%20thompson/sort/alpha.
Thompson was married when he enlisted in the Army on May 16, 1942. After the war he returned to comics. Around 1949 he published a 16-page pamphlet, "The Reaper", about Joseph Stalin (comicsdc.blogspot.com/2007/04/reaper-stalin-cartoons-by-benton-f.html). At the bottom of the last page of art is a line that reads: Distributed by Benton F. Thompson Co.
There was a Benton F. Thompson who lived in Connecticut; he and his wife divorced in 1971. Thompson died in San Diego, California on December 14, 1975.
Thompson was inspired by her work; he invented a waterproof wrap-around shoe covering. A PDF of the covering can be downloaded at www.freepatentsonline.com/2432947.html. He received a patent in December 1947.
Thompson's wife died on June 20, 1948. They had a daughter, Patricia.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Obscurity of the Day: Dramatic Events in Bible History
Many syndicates have explored the concept of melding religion with comic strips over the years. Some have tried to inject a little originality by having kids participate (like Jack and Judy in Bibleland) but most have elected to be solemn and sober in their productions, making them equivalent to the typical Sunday school lesson.
This strip, Dramatic Events in Bible History, even used Sunday School Lesson as an alternate title. The strip was a once-a-week production that was typically run on a newspaper's Saturday religion page. Unlike many religious strips, which had long storylines, writer Harlowe R. Hoyt made each strip a self-contained little episode. Walt Scott contributed respectful but uninspired illustrations.
My guess is that Publishers Syndicate sold this strip in batches to papers, because there's not much rhyme or reason to when a given paper ran the strips. Earliest I've found it is in December 1926 (Denver Evening News), and the latest is December 19 1931 (San Francisco Examiner). The feature was only advertised in Editor & Publisher once, in 1927.