Saturday, February 28, 2015


Herriman Saturday

Friday, September 18 1908 --The "Solid Three", still defiant, are digging their hole ever deeper as the courts get involved in the bond sale.

The situation in a nutshell: County commissioners Patterson, Eldridge and Wilson, dubbed the "Solid Three", put together a bond issue for the county and sold it off, probably to favored friends, at a high interest rate. They did this without proper public meetings and without going through the normal channels to determine a fair interest rate. On discovering this breach of the public trust, Angelenos were, not too surprisingly, up in arms.


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Friday, February 27, 2015


Sci-Friday starring Connie

Connie, July 31 1938, courtesy of Cole Johnson. 
Follow the Connie story every Friday here on Stripper's Guide.

This is the final sci-fi Connie story we have available from Cole Johnson. If anyone out there can contribute scans of another complete Connie story (later than 3/26/1939), or can offer another sci-fi strip to take its place on Sci-Fridays, I'd be delighted and grateful to hear from you! Note that we elitists do not generally use digital microfilm material here on Stripper's Guide, so we would need sharp 300-600 dpi scans from newspaper tearsheets or syndicate proofs. 


I know you are not a fan of microfiche scans and the quality of the representation here is fine, but the Sedalia Democrat at has Conny Sundays in sharp black and greyish white. I pulled one I can send you.
Hi Ger --
Another person offered me good quality b&w scans from microfilm, and I admit the quality is pretty darn good. But I need to know if Connie continues as a sci-fi strip or not. If not, it wouldn't be a good candidate of course. Do you know if the 1939-40 stories are sci-fi?

Here's a personal list of CONNIE Sunday stories:

One-shot pages (April 28, 1929 - July 26, 1936)

In the Thirtieth Century (August 2, 1936 - February 28, 1937)

The mad prof. Borgg (March 7, 1937 - May 23, 1937)

The new diving helmet (May 30, 1937 - August 15, 1937)

The lost Mayan civilization (August 22, 1937 - January 2, 1938)

The Guatemalan cloth (January 9, 1938 - April 17, 1938)

The haunted house of Cyrus Grinney (April 24, 1938 - July 3, 1938)

The hidden city in the Andes (July 10, 1938 - March 26, 1939)

Searching for the lost Atlantis (April 9, 1939 – August 6, 1939)

The stealing of the Colt plane (August 13, 1939 - October 15, 1939)

Sabotage on the movie set (October 22, 1939 – December 10, 1939)

The death ray of Doctor Su Tai (December 11, 1939 – March 24, 1940)


The city of Lahkpor (at last July 21, 1940 - )

The time Projector (November 10, 1940 - December 22, 1940)

The last 3 stories are S-F.
Thank you Fortunato! Just the info I needed. I'll see if I can get those last three stories.
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Thursday, February 26, 2015


Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: Dick Dorgan

Richard William “Dick” Dorgan was born in San Francisco, California, on September 24, 1892, according to his World War I draft card. In the 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Dorgan was the eighth of ten children born to Thomas and Anna. They resided in San Francisco at 25 12th Street. At the time, Dorgan’s oldest brother, Thomas, was a newspaper artist who would be known as “Tad.”

Half of the Dorgan children lived in Brooklyn, New York, at 8646 20th Avenue, as recorded in the 1905 New York state census. Dorgan was the youngest, at age 12, and cartoonist Thomas was the head of the household.

By 1910, most of the Dorgan family was in Manhattan, New York City at 746 St. Nicholas Avenue.

Five years later, the family was in Bayside, Queens, New York on Wright Avenue, as listed in the state census. The same address was found on Dorgan’s World War I draft card which he signed on June 5, 1917. He was a cartoonist with the Matthew Adams Syndicate. The description of him was tall and slender with brown eyes and hair. Dorgan’s New York service card said he served at the naval training camp in Pelham Bay Park, New York, and was a seaman, second class, then a boatswain mate, second class.

According to American Newspaper Comics (2012), Dorgan produce Not Now which debuted in the Philadelphia Bulletin on April 18, 1916.

The 1920 census, enumerated in January, had Dorgan in his mother’s household in Flushing, New York at 483 Sanford Avenue.

Ten months later the Brooklyn Daily Eagle (New York), October 11, 1920, noted Dorgan’s October 9th marriage.
Richard W. Dorgan, son of Mrs. Anna Dorgan, and brother of T. A. “Tad” Dorgan, well known cartoonist, of 483 Sanford ave., Flushing, was married Saturday evening to Miss Amelia J. Murray, daughter of Joseph Murray, of Fordham, N.Y., at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, 34th st., Manhattan, the Rev. J.A. White officiating. Mrs. John O’Keefe, of Manhattan, was matron-of-honor, and Joseph V. Dorgan was best man.
The couple visited Bermuda in April 1921. The passenger list said their address was Fifth Street in Bayside. Four months later, The Daily Star (Long Island City, New York), August 24, 1921, noted the birth of their son at the Hahnman Hospital in Manhattan.

Photoplay, July 1922, published Dorgan’s “A Song of Hate” which expressed his hatred of Rudolph Valentino.

American Newspaper Comics said Dorgan took over the art chores on Ring Lardner’s You Know Me Al, from Will B. Johnstone, from February 26, 1923 to May 8, 1926. The strip was retitled Kid Dugan beginning May 10, 1926 and ending May 1, 1930. Dorgan also produced Puzzle Picture in 1923.

Like his brother, Tad, Dorgan was a sports cartoonist whose subjects included Walter Hagen, Ty Cobb and Dave Danforth.

The Daily Review (Freeport, New York), 1/14/1924

According to the 1925 New York state census, cartoonist Dorgan, his wife, son and a servant resided in Bayside on 222 Street.

Tad Dorgan passed away May 2, 1929. A photograph of Dorgan with Tad and Ike is here.

In 1930, Dorgan remained in Bayside at 3928 222 Street. American Newspaper Comics said Colonel Gilfeather was Dorgan’s longest-running series from March 17, 1930 to December 30, 1939. For Syndicated Features, Dorgan created Pop’s Night Out which lasted eight months from July 13, 1936 to March 8, 1937. Pop’s Night Out was reprinted in Best Comics 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Dorgan’s address in the 1940 census was 214-32 43rd Avenue in Bayside. The same address was on his World War II draft card, which he signed on April 26, 1942. The description said he was five feet eleven inches tall and weighed 140 pounds. He had brown eyes and hair.

The New York Times, March 20, 1950, said his mother passed away March 17.

Dorgan passed away May 5, 1953, in Bayside. He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.

—Alex Jay


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015


The Comics of Syndicated Features: Pop's Night Out

Dick Dorgan, less famous brother of the great cartoonist Tad Dorgan, somehow managed to have a long career in newspaper comics, despite the rather glaring handicap that his drawing was pretty awful, and his writing wasn't much better. Of course, he never had the sort of success his brother enjoyed, and one wonders how many of his gigs were offered simply because the name Dorgan would appear on them.

Syndicated Features evidently valued that name, because there wasn't much else to recommend Pop's Night Out. Dick Dorgan's last known syndicated feature is about the off-hours activities of an unnamed schlub. He goes to poker parties, movies, golf courses, etc., and hilarity (doesn't) ensue.

Pop's Night Out ran for the entire life of the Syndicated Features tabloid, from July 13 1936 to March 8 1937.


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: Gus Jud

Gustav H. “Gus” Jud was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 29, 1904, according to the New York, New York, Birth Index at in the 1905 New York state census, Jud and his parents, Gustav and Annie (a German emigrant), resided in Brooklyn at 543 Marcy Avenue. His father worked in a delicatessen.

The 1910 U.S. Federal Census recorded Jud, his parents and brother, Henry, in Brooklyn at 397 Himrod Street. On October 1, 1913, Jud, Henry and their mother departed from Hamburg, Germany. They returned to New York by way of Cuxhaven, Germany to Southampton, England then Cherbourg, France.

Jud attended Public School Number 49 in Jamaica, Queens Borough, New York. He was in the fourth grade when the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published his name in the honor roll lists on February 13 and June 12, 1914.

The Jud family resided on Carroll Street, Jamaica, New York in the 1920 census. Information about Jud’s art training has not been found. His cartooning career appeared to have started in the mid-1920s. Jud provided illustrations and cartoons for the children’s page in the Sunday newspaper supplement. According to American Newspaper Comics (2012), Jud’s strip, Little Dave, debuted September 23, 1929 and ran until August 6, 1932.




Jud was a newspaper cartoonist in the 1930 census. He lived with his parents and brother in Hollis, Queens Borough, New York, at 182-17 91 Avenue. For Syndicated Features, Jud produced Jigger, which ran from July 13 into December 1936. Jigger continued in Best Comics numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Jud’s address remained the same in the 1940 census and he lived with his parents. In place of his brother was fellow cartoonist, Loy Byrnes. who also produced a 
Syndicated Features strip called Silly Willie. Jud produced many one and two-page fillers for several comic book publishers.

According to the Long Island Daily Press (Jamaica, New York), September 24, 1943, Jud was among several neighbors in the vicinity of 182nd Street, in Jamaica, who bought war bonds.

Jud passed away August 1987 according to the Social Security Death Index. His last residence was Mount Morris, New York.

—Alex Jay


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Monday, February 23, 2015


The Comics of Syndicated Features: Jigger

The Syndicated Features weekly tabloid sections are quite rare, since they only ran in a handful of papers, most of them smaller weeklies. But if they're rare, then the feature Jigger is the comics equivalent of hens' teeth.

The Syndicated Features sections were four page tabloids, and on the back 'cover' of each issue there was normally a half page ad. The ad space was reserved for the subscribing newspaper. They could put a house ad there, or sell the space to an advertiser. Since the ads are always black lettering on a one-color background, I'm guessing that Syndicated Features sent the tab sections out with a big blot of color there, and the newspaper ran the sections through their press once to add a black ink ad.

When I was doing research for this series of posts, though, I came across a couple newspapers that apparently had no interest in selling ad space. They opted to have the syndicate include an additional comic strip on that half-page. That makes Jigger by Gus Jud one seriously rare puppy. In order to show you samples, I had to resort to the blurry microfilm versions above. Sorry about that.

Gus Jud has only one other newspaper strip credit, for Little Dave. Both Little Dave and Jigger are strips about kids, sort of like watered-down Skippy and with workmanlike but unexceptional art. Oddly enough, in the 1940s Jud moved over into comic books but continued to do (as far as I can tell from the GCD) exclusively short features about little boys. Of the samples I've seen, you could substitute the Jigger or Little Dave logo on any of them and no one would be able to tell the difference.

Now that's what I call over-specialization!

Jigger, for the few clients that used it, began with the section on July 13 1936, and most likely continued to the end of the section, though the latest I've been able to verify from online sources is from December.


Don't show this strip to Kristi Capel from FoxNews. She'd go gag-ga over the title. Sorry Allan...I just had to.
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