Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Obscurity of the Day: Mr. Lose-Out

We learned that Roland J. Scott did an early feature titled Mr. Lose-Out in this post by Alex Jay, and my plea for a sample or more information about this feature, of which I was previously unaware, was answered by Terence Hanley, who sends this undated example that ran in the Indianapolis Sentinel, presumably circa 1903.

Information about the running dates of this strip, penned by Scott while still a teenager, is still sadly lacking, but at least we now know that it really did exist. A tip of the hat to Hanley, who has a website about Indiana cartoonists.

For those who haven't had the pleasure of dealing with newspaper microfilm and are unaware of the challenges involved, here's an exhibit that can give you some idea -- the original photocopy from microfilm of the strip above:


Wow, Allan,

You did a good job cleaning up that mess I sent. Do you have to do that with all your posts? Anyway, I'm glad you could use Mr. Lose-Out.

Hi Terence --
No, thankfully I'm usually working with scans from tearsheets. While there is still some restoration work involved, it's seldom a major challenge like this was. My Saturday Herriman posts, though, are all microfilm photocopies and they can be a royal pain. Seldom as bad as Mr. Lose-Out tho!
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