Saturday, May 28, 2011
Labels: Herriman's LA Examiner Cartoons
Do you know when Barney Google was completely phased out of his strip for Snuffy Smith?
Also, any idea where I can see examples of "The Squrrel Cage?" I've only seen bits and pieces...
Thanks, and keep up the good work!
Barney Google continues to make occasional guest appearances in Snuffy Smith primarily, I guess, to establish current copyright/trademark. Squirrel Cage has not been reprinted in any great quantity, but I do know of one fan who is trying to amass a complete run for a possible reprint project.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Obscurity of the Day: Pranks of the Fourpaws
here). Not so sure or wonderful are the accompanying verses by one Clarence Patrick McDonald, who apparently could do better. A few of his poems about sports had some popularity, and he produced several books of inspirational verse.
Pranks of the Fourpaws ran in the Trib from December 20 1908 to February 28 1909.
Thanks to Cole Johnson for the scans!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Obscurity of the Day: Mayme the Manicurist
I'm willing to bet that Mayme is the only cartoon series ever on the subject of palm-reading. While that pseudo-scientific silliness was the bread and butter of the feature, sometimes the feature veered off into reading body language, handwriting analysis and other subjects. It was all quite cute and entertaining and rarely took itself too seriously, a big plus for this oddball niche feature.
Fun it might have been, but it certainly didn't catch on. The daily panel ran in the New York Daily News, and there was a syndication attempt but I've never seen it elsewhere. All my samples are from 1930, and so was the syndication listing in E&P. I don't have definite start and end dates. The art was signed by Glen Ketchum, who doesn't have any other credits that I know of. He may have also been the writer, but there was no official byline on the feature.
The feature vacillated between the 2-column format shown above, which includes a large cartoon, and a 1-column format in which the cartoon is not nearly so prominent.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Obscurity of the Day: King Jake
King Jake ran in the Hearst Sunday sections of October 20 1907 to January 12 1908.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Obscurity of the Day, Again: Colonel Daffy-Dil Nutty
on Friday, owes nothing at all to Foxy Grandpa (other than the age of the star), but is instead a pretty shameless copy of the wordplay from Tom "TAD" Dorgan's feature, Daffydils. You'd think the title just MIGHT have been a clue to me. Oy.
Cole sends these two examples, both from October 1912, that, although unsigned, are almost certainly the work of Foster Follett. Panel five of the second example is, for me, the clincher on that artist ID. The sample I showed on Friday is by a different anonymous cartoonist.
I have no information about it myself, except that I note from the last strip's cutoff byline that the creator's first name was much shorter than his last name -- maybe a three-letter first name and a seven- or eight-letter last name.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics
Labels: Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics