Saturday, December 21, 2013


Herriman Saturday

Saturday, May 16 1908 -- While the Democratic convention last week descended into a wild melee, it seems like the Republican convention operated a lot smoother. Despite the disappointing news that Teddy Roosevelt would not run again -- he had made that rash promise years earlier and very much regretted it -- the GOPers seemed to be ready to unite behind Teddy's hand-picked successor, William H. Taft. And that would be another decision that Teddy would come to regret ...


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Friday, December 20, 2013


Sci-Friday starring Adam Chase

Adam Chase strip #51, originally published May 21 1967. For background on the strip and creator, refer to this post.


First the short version -- due to circumstances beyond our control, the second year of the Adam Chase comic strips, which complete the storyline and the run of the strip, is unavailable to run on Stripper's Guide. Russ and I apologize that we are unable to bring you the conclusion of the strip. Russ will provide a synopsis of the second year's storyline at the conclusion of this series, which ends with installment #52.

And here's the long version. Before we began running Adam Chase on the Stripper's Guide blog, Russ sent me the first year's worth of strips to scan. He believed that the second year of the run was in his attic, in the form of black and white proofs. We decided to see how things went with the first year, see if people liked it, before troubling Russ with the job of playing archaeologist up in his attic. Recently Russ did go on an expedition into cobweb land to retrieve the second year. Unfortunately to his surprise and dismay he was able to find only a little more than half the proof sheets for year two, not nearly enough to keep running the series.

Russ is very unhappy that his archive turns out to be incomplete, and I'm saddened that we can't bring you the rest of the series. That is, barring the miracle that someone out there has the tearsheets and is willing to lend them to us for scanning. I considered the possibility of pulling the missing episodes from microfilm, but then I realized that since they were run in color, the quality coming from microfilm will be really awful, if even legible, so that's no solution.

I hope you will accept the apologies of Russ and I. Having gotten you interested in the story, we know this is a big disappointment. Please keep in mind that I am just as disappointed as you, and Russ even more so at the loss of his archive. I hope you'll join me in letting Russ know that we really enjoyed year one of his delightful strip, Adam Chase.Your feedback in the comments would be much appreciated.

PS -- On a side note, this leaves the Stripper's Guide flat-footed as regards the future of Sci-Friday. I had expected to have another full year of material for it, and so have not until just now bothered to think of what we might run instead of Adam Chase.

I certainly don't have a long run of any sci-fi oriented strips that come to mind, at least nothing that suits our needs here. We need a feature that is well and definitely out of copyright, or comes with permission from the copyright holder. Also, it has to be something that isn't already readily available elsewhere on the web. Anyone have any ideas, or better yet ideas that include source material I can borrow to scan?


I certainly have enjoyed having such a classic sci-fi story with great art every Friday. Thanks for sharing.
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Thursday, December 19, 2013


Santa Claus and Company Day 6


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Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Santa Claus and Company Day 5


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Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Santa Claus and Company Day 4


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Monday, December 16, 2013


Santa Claus and Company Day 3


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Sunday, December 15, 2013


Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics


Hey Jim - I got your Christmas card and follow-up letter. Just give us advance notice when you will be in Orlando after the holidays and we'll see what we can do. Weekends are best...

You should get your Christmas card later this week.


I don't know where else to ask this, so here goes:
I've recently come across 2 framed comic strips... They are originals BTW
1. Bringing Up Father-date in strip is 1945
2. Little Orphan Annie- strip says 2/24/1929
(flip side is Mutt Mullins) from Chicago
I'm just curious why these are framed? I'm
assuming it's some sort of personal reason this was done but wanted to make sure.
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