Saturday, February 16, 2013

 

Herriman Saturday

Friday, April 3 1908 -- Tonight is the fight between Goerge Memsic and Phil Brock, and Herriman has really hit the nail on the head with his cartoon. Memsic, in fact, did not have enough gas left in his tank, and Phil Brock did. Although there was no knockout, and one newspaper declared the fight a draw, the general consensus is that Memsic lost to Brock. Although George Memsic would continue to fight for several years to come, he was never again to be a contender. Brock had a much longer career, but he was never a top fighter.

In weazel skin hat news, after today's exit of Joe Riechl, there is but one guest left at Hen's soiree. The 13th guest once again fails to make it in to the party.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

 

Sci-Friday starring Adam Chase

Copyright renewed (c) 2013 Russ Morgan. All rights reserved.


Adam Chase strip #8, originally published July 24 1966. For background on the strip and creator, refer to this post.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

 

Obscurity of the Week: Hippo and Hookie, Part IV





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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

 

Obscurity of the Week: Hippo and Hookie, Part III




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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

 

Obscurity of the Week: Hippo and Hookie, Part II




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These are fun to look at. The artwork reminds me a lot of the Jimmy Hatlo school of cartooning.
 
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Monday, February 11, 2013

 

Obscurity of the Week: Hippo and Hookie, Part I

Hippo and Hookie occupies that awful no-man's-land between being an obscurity and a mystery strip.  John Pierotti penned the daily strip for King Features, from scripts by Elliot Caplin, producing more than six week's worth for them in October to December 1938. We know this because Cole Johnson has in his collection proof sheets of the first six weeks plus two strips. We also know that in a 1950 E&P article the strip is mentioned. The only problem is that I haven't managed to find the darn thing actually running in a newspaper.

Normally if I haven't seen a strip appearing in a newspaper that automatically puts the strip squarely in the mystery zone. However, with 6+ weeks of proof sheets known to exist, complete with release dates and copyright slugs on them, we have to ask ourselves why King Features would have gone to the trouble of producing them if they weren't running somewhere. As Cole has suggested to me, even if they couldn't find a paper to buy the strip, Hearst would have probably run it in one of their papers. All that's missing is the actual physical proof. If you have that proof, I'd sure like to hear from you!

We don't normally spend a week on an obscure strip here on Stripper's Guide, but since Cole sent me the whole 6+ weeks of the strip, and I found it entertaining, we're going to run the whole batch. Hope you enjoy it, and thanks Cole! Stay tuned next week for Alex Jay's Ink-Slinger Profile of Pierotti.




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Sunday, February 10, 2013

 

Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics


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