Sunday, October 03, 2010

 

Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics

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These are great. Keep 'em coming!
 
What is wrong? There has not been a new entry in more than a week. Have we covered everything?
 
I agree!
 
Seeking info on a possible rare strip. I am trying to find info out on a strip called "Bizzy Bear" An Illustrated Bedtime Story by Ralph Eckhart & Edith Oliver Jones can anyone give detail or refer me to a site that would help me on this one. I have 2+ years worth of the strip from the Cleveland Press from 1936 & 1937. I know nothing about this strip nor can i find any info on it on Google.

-Steve with the www.ilovecomixarchive.com
 
Combining research in Newspaper Archive and Google News Archive, I find one source that says BIZZY BEAR ran from 1935 to 1940 in Scripps Howard papers (sometimes as BUSY BIZZY BEAR). Cleveland's Bizzy Bear Club, promoting street safety for children, had 135,000 members. I found one clip about a magazine article on Girl Scout bicycle safety by Edith Oliver Jones. Ralph Eckhart was the staff artist and sports cartoonist with the INDEPENDENT STAR-NEWS in Pasadena. Bob Satterfield drew an earlier BIZZY BEAR cartoon series in the 1920s.

Bhob @ http://potrzebie.blogspot.com
 
According to the Social Security Death Index, Eckhart was born on June 29, 1907. He died on May 12, 1960 as recorded in the California Death Index.

Eckhart's death was reported in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on May 15, 1960, on page 2-B, column 2.

Ralph Eckhart, former editorial artist for the Press in the 1930s and creator of the comic strip Bizzy Bear, will be buried in Covena, Calif. He died in Fontana, Calif., it was learned here yesterday. He was 52.

Born here, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Eckhart, he was a graduate of West HIgh School. He was an outstanding sandlot baseball player in early years. In World War II he was an Air Force captain.

Mr. Eckhart worked for a time for Radio Station WTAM after leaving the Press. Later he was public relations assistant to the county auditor, John J. Carney. His work in California had been with the Pasadena Independent-News.

Surviving him are his wife, Bernice; five sons, Roger of North Olmsted, Gary, Ralph, Dale and Howard; a sister and his parents.
 
Hi Steve --
I've never seen a Bizzy Bear from the Cleveland News, it's a new feature to me. Any chance you'll post some samples?

--Allan
 
Allan, i'm getting a run together today, will let you know when it is ready. -Steve
 
I have a link to the first 5 strips i have. Use them if you like. It is a very interesting strip for children.

Bizzy Bear 1936
 
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