Thursday, May 05, 2011


Can You Help?

Here is some recent correspondence from researchers. I was unable (or in the last case, too lazy) to help these folks. Can anyone provide sustenance for these hungry minds?

From Ulrich Merkl:
I'm still researching about Robert McCay, found out many interesting details, but nothing about the strip HIS JOB. I've only got three samples from Peter Maresca. Do you think you could post a 'Please help' call on your website? Anybody out there being aware of any strips, dates, newspapers, etc.? I don't want you to do my homework, but I really don't know how to reach only 1/10 of the strip experts you can easily reach with your blog.

(Ulrich is primarily looking for papers that ran it. It only ran for a week in the New York Journal, only place I've found it. And he's found the SF Examiner running it in July 1923. But we are pretty certain it ran longer than that.)

From Tony Rose, University of Arkansas at Little Rock:

I'm trying to find out more about the cartooning career of an early 20th century illustrator, Royal Roger Eubanks (born 1879).  Our archives has just received a very large collection of letters and ephemera from a wealthy Cherokee family, one member of whom was briefly married to Eubanks.  I'm familiar with his career as a book illustrator in the 1920s but I know next to nothing about his cartooning.

He signed himself "R. Ubanx".  At the turn of the century, 1902 or so, he was working for the Chicago Evening Journal.  He may have had a larger business role than merely cartoonist.  Family history connects him to something called the "Star Cartoonist Company."

By 1910, following a divorce, he was back in his hometown in Oklahoma (he was a Cherokee), living with his parents.  He listed his occupation on the census as "cartoonist."  In 1920 he illustrated a collection of Native American folk tales called "Tales of the Bark Lodges."  He also wrote some dialect tales of his own.

He spent the later part of his life as a high school teacher in Berryville, Arkansas, dying in about 1955.

From Kenneth:
How many "Hocus Focus" cartoons are known to exist?


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