Saturday, May 09, 2015
Wednesday, September 23 1908 -- Though Teddy Roosevelt has sworn not to run for president again, Herriman very properly portrays him as the ringmaster of the 1908 Republican campaign. Soon-to-be President Taft and his VP candidate, James Sherman, and Republican National Committee head Frank Hitchcock were definitely putting on a campaign that was orchestrated in response to Teddy's whip cracks from the sidelines.
Labels: Herriman's LA Examiner Cartoons
Friday, May 08, 2015
Sci-Friday starring Connie
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 at Stripper's Guide 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.
Labels: Connie Sci-Friday
Thursday, May 07, 2015
Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: W. H. D. Koerner
William Henry David Koerner was born in Lunden, Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia, on November 19, 1878, according to Something About the Author (1981). His full name appeared on his World War I draft card. The Harper’s Blog said Koerner was born Wilhelm Heinrich Dethlef Körner.
The Art Digest, August 15 or September 1, 1938, explained how Koerner emigrated to the U.S. and began his art career.
Koerner, who was later to record some of the most vital chapters in the growth of America, was German-horn. Honorably discharged from the Franco-Prussian war, decorated by Kaiser William I, but with six sons gone, the father sailed for the United States in 1880 with his seventh son, W. H. D. Koerner II, then two years old, his daughter Menna and his wife Anna. Penniless, they settled in Clinton, Iowa, where the son not long afterwards began his art.
At seven, young Koerner was sketching along the Mississippi. House paint was often his medium. Later, to earn money for art school, he painted cow’s heads on milk wagons and taught art in the local schools. Encouraged by his father, he went to Chicago, where after first working on the Chicago Tribune, he entered the Art Academy of Chicago. His first day in school he met Lillian Mary Lusk, helped her sketch with a hand already professional, and a year later married her.
Koerner has not yet been found in the 1900 U.S. Federal Census. Something About the Author said Koerner studied at the Chicago Art Institute in 1901. The following year he was assistant art editor at the Tribune.
American Newspaper Comics (2012) said Koerner produced two comic strips for the Tribune. Heard Among the Girls ran from February 2 and March 2, 1902. Considered to be the first super-hero, Hugo Hercules began September 7, 1902 and ended January 11, 1903.
At Ancestry.com, the Michigan Marriage Records recorded Koerner’s marriage to Lillian M. Lusk on June 24, 1903 in Battle Creek, Michigan. In the Saturday Evening Post, August 22, 1925, Koerner explained what happened.
“…Went to art school one morning to study art; saw a girl instead of the model, drew the girl, stopped studying art to study the girl, drew a proposal. She accepted and my ‘model’ sweetheart became my ‘model’ wife…”In the W.H.D. Koerner Studio Collection, 1884–1938, at the Harold McCracken Research Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is Koerner’s wedding announcement and one envelope with the notation: “Stayed at Palmer House Chicago—June 24, 1903; June 25, took train for Clinton, Iowa to spend honeymoon at Mother Koerners.”
In 1903 Koerner was the art editor of the home magazine, Pilgrim. He illustrations appeared on the covers and the interiors. Koerner resigned in December 1904. In October 1905, Koerner moved to New York City and enrolled in the Art Students League. His freelance work included advertising art for Grape-Nuts, Postum and Post Toasties.
Art Digest said “Koerner completed his training with George Bridgman at the Art Students League….” Something About the Author said Koerner was accepted, in Fall 1907, at Howard Pyle’s school of art in Wilmington, Delaware. Two years later, Koerner joined the Artist’s colony Naaman’s-on-Delaware near Claymont, Delaware.
The 1910 census recorded Koerner and Lillian in New Castle County, Delaware on Philadelphia Pike. In the household were Koerner’s three magazine artist partners and former Pyle students: Herbert Moore, Percy Van Emen Ivory and Edwin R. Shrader. (A copy of the October 1, 1909 agreement “to rent between Herbert Moore, E. Roscoe Shrader, Koerner, and P.V.E. Ivory, as renters, and C.W. Robinson, as agent” is in the W.H.D. Koerner Studio Collection.)
In 1911, Koerner moved to Wilmington, where his daughter, Ruth, and son, William III, were born. Schoonover Studios Ltd. said “The Koerners’ next move was to 1502 Van Buren Street in Wilmington, and Koerner rented a studio at 1008 Franklin Street next to Anton O. Fischer, for several years, before using the studio adjacent to Frank Schoonover’s at 1616 Rodney.” Koerner continued contributing to magazines and books.
Interlaken, New Jersey was Koerner’s home in 1917. The address on his World War I draft card was 86 Grasmere Avenue. The description said Koerner was tall, medium build with blue eyes and gray hair.Koerner has not yet been found in the 1920 census. Something About the Author said Koerner made the first of several trips to the West beginning May 1924. The National Museum of American Illustration said “From 1922 onwards, Koerner illustrated more than 250 stories with Western themes and painted over 600 pictures for periodicals.”
In the 1930 census, Koerner remained in Interlaken but at a new address, 209 Grasmere Avenue. Something About the Author said Koerner suffered from arthritis. According to Schoonover Studios, “Koerner spent the last three years of his life as a bedridden invalid, unable to paint.” Koerner passed away August 11, 1938, at his home in Interlaken. Several newspapers published the Associated Press obituary stating, incorrectly, that Koerner was born in Clinton, Iowa.
BOOKS WITH KOERNER ILLUSTRATIONS
Judith of the Plains by Marie Manning
The Girl and the Deal by Karl Edwin Harriman
George W. Jackobs & Company, 1905
Jingles of a Jester by Charles Trumbull Grilley
Pearson Brothers, 1907
The Lackawannas at Moosehead or the Young Leather Stockings by George Selwyn Kimball
Ball Publishing Company, 1907
Keeping Up with Lizzie by Irving Bacheller
Harper & Brothers, 1911
The Voice by Margaret Deland
Harper & Brothers, 1912
Mrs. Red Pepper by Grace S. Richmond
Doubleday, Page & Company, 1913
The Way Home by Basil King
Harper and Brothers, 1913
The Last Christian by George Kibbe Turner
Hearst’s International Library Co., 1914
Around Old Chester by Margaret Deland
between pages 120 and 121
between pages 156 and 157
Gerald Delacey’s Daughter by Anna Theresa Sadlier
Kennedy & Co., 1916
Doubleday, Page & Company, 1916
A King in Babylon by Burton E. Stevenson
Small, Maynard & Company, 1917
The Luck of the Irish by Harold MacGrath
The Peace of Roaring River by George Van Schaick
Small Maynard & Co., 1918
Stories of Today by William Patten
P. F. Collier & Son, 1918
Boston Blackie by Jack Boyle
H. K. Fly Co., 1919
The Desert of Wheat by Zane Grey
Harper & Brothers, 1919
White Man by George Agnew Chamberlain
Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1919
Meet Mr. Stegg by Kennett Harris
The Moreton Mystery by Elizabeth Dejeans
Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1920
The Ramblin’ Kid by Earl Wayland Bowman
Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1920
The Pagan Madonna by Harold MacGrath
Stepsons of Light by Eugene Manlove Rhodes
The Canyon of the Fools by Richard Matthews Hallett
The Covered Wagon by Emerson Hough
D. Appleton & Co., 1922
Flowing Gold by Rex Beach
The Prairie Child by Arthur Stringer
Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1922
North of 36 by Emerson Hough
D. Appleton and Company, 1923
Tumbleweeds by Hal G. Evarts
Little, Brown, and Company, 1923
The Proud Old Name by C. E. Scoggins
The Ship of Souls by Emerson Hough
D. Appleton & Co., 1925
Wild Geese by Martha Ostenso
The Chinese Parrot by Earl Derr Biggers
The Silver Forest by Ben Ames Williams
The Painted Stallion by Hal G. Evarts
Little, Brown, 1926
The Number One Boy by John Taintor Foote
D. Appleton & Co., 1926
Lost Ecstasy by Mary Roberts Rinehart
George H. Doran Co., 1927
The Life of Colonel David Crockett, An Autobiography by D. Crockett
A.L. Burt & Co., 1928
For Brigade by Hal G. Evarts
Little, Brown, 1928
Tomahawk Rights by Hal G. Evarts
Little, Brown, 1929
A Lady Quite Lost by Arthur Stringer
Sunset Pass by Zane Grey
Shortgrass by Hal G. Evarts
Little, Brown, 1932
The Drift Fence by Zane Grey
The Trusty Knaves by Eugene Manlove Rhodes
Ranchero by Stewart Edward White
Beyond the Desert by Eugene Manlove Rhodes
The Proud Sheriff by Eugene Manlove Rhodes
Pampa Joe by C. E. Scoggins
The FictionMags Index
The Pilgrim, August 1903
The Pilgrim, June 1904
Louisiana Purchase Exposition illustration by W.H.D. Koerner
The Pilgrim, July 1904
cover design of butterflies
The Pilgrim, September 1904
double page painting, The First Monday in September, 1850
The Pilgrim, December 1904
Two studies of childhood
The Pilgrim, February 1905
The Pilgrim, June 1905
The Girl and the Deal
The Home Magazine, October 1906
The Wire Cutters by Grace McGowan Cooke
Keeping Up with Lizzie by Irving Bacheller
Harper’s Magazine, February 1911
The Chaperon by Alta Brunt Sembower
Harper’s Magazine, September 1911
Journey’s End by Emery Pottle
Popular Magazine, September 15, 1911
Cover: The Amateur Fisherman
Harper’s Weekly, July 13, 1912
The Red King by Jane Anderson
Harper’s Magazine, September 1912
The Balking of Christopher by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The Times Dispatch
December 12, 1912
Like Another Wise Man by Leo Crane
Harper’s Magazine, February 1913
Memory Plays Us Tricks by William Gilmore Beymer
The Ladies’ Home Journal, February 1913
The Country Doctor by Grace S. Richmond
Harper’s Magazine, August 1913
On the Installment by Corra Harris
Harper’s Magazine, October 1913
Frontispiece and A Homespun Wizardry by Alice Brown
Harper’s Magazine, April 1914
The Confidential Doll Insurance Company by Vale Downie
Collier’s, May 2, 1914
The Lynching of the Night Marshal by C. Hilton-Turvey
Sunday Literary Magazine, May 1914
Wind in the Night by Charles G.D. Roberts
Sunday Literary Magazine, July 1914
The Other Wise Man by Leo Crane
Pseudonymous by Gordon Hall Gerould
Harper’s Magazine, November 1914
A Homey Sacrifice by Harriet Prescott Spofford
The International Studio, December 1916
Landscape by W.H.D. Koerner
Good Housekeeping, January 1917
In a Strange Land by William Johnston
Good Housekeeping, March 1917
For Value Received by William Johnston
Harper’s Magazine, March 1917
The Smaller Craft by Mary Esther Mitchell
McClure’s, ? 1917
A King in Babylon by Burton E. Stevenson
McClure’s, May 1918
The Third Generation by Marie Manning
McClure’s, July 1918
Behind the Door by Gouverneur Morris
McClure’s, September 1918
To-morrow I Fly! by W.B. Trites
McClure’s, October 1918
Caught on a German Raider, Part I by F. G. Trayes
Harper’s Magazine, April 1918
Beloved Husband by Susan Glaspell
McClure’s, November 1918
Caught on a German Raider, Part II by F. G. Trayes
McClure’s, December 1918
Caught on a German Raider, Part III by F. G. Trayes
Woman’s Home Companion, January 1919
White Man by George Agnew Chamberlain
The American Magazine, August 1919
The Bag of Black Diamonds by Herman Howard Matteson
The Saturday Evening Post, August 30, 1919
Old King Baltimore by L.B. Yates
Harper’s Magazine, January 1920
Both Judge and Jury by Wilbur Daniel Steele
He saw the blacks starting down the savanna
A white man was bearing a black woman on his back
Cosmopolitan, April 1921
Priscilla Bags a big One by Royal Brown
The Saturday Evening Post, April 2, 1921
Wild Earth by Sophie Kerr
Cosmopolitan, October 1921
Friends of the Greyhound by R.G. Kirk
Harper’s Magazine, October 1921
The Halfway House by Mary Heaton Vorse
Your trail isn’t far from here. I’ll take you to it.
Harper’s Magazine, September 1922
Out of the Air by Lee Foster Hartman
My fingers held to the mechanical round of the frantic message
Harper’s Magazine, November 1922
Twilight of the God by Mary Heaton Vorse
Santos walked up the street in growing anger
The Saturday Evening Post, August 22, 1925
Who’s Who—and Why (photos and autobiographical sketch of W. H. D. Koerner)
The American Magazine, February 1927
The Heir at Law by Melville Davisson Post
The American Magazine, June 1927
The Leading Case by Melville Davisson Post
Labels: Ink-Slinger Profiles
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Obscurity of the Day: Bliss
It pains me to say it, but witty intelligent writing is by no means a guarantee of success in the world of newspaper comic strips. Case in point is Stephen Hersh's comic strip Bliss, which was syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate from November 18 1996 to January 1 2000. Hersh's strip about a young married couple is sharply and unapologetically intelligent, featuring witty banter the likes of which you'd expect in a Preston Sturges film, not rubbing shoulders with Heathcliff and Snuffy Smith on the comics page of a newspaper.
As you can see above, the art was frankly a major liability, and it would be easy to blame the strip's lack of success on that. However, Stephen Hersh later teamed up with cartoonist extraordinaire Nina Paley on The Hots. That strip had the same sort of characters and the same superb level of writing, except substituting wonderful art for Hersh's unsophisticated doodles. That strip managed to crash and burn even faster than Bliss!
Maybe newspaper readers just aren't looking for this particular sort of content in their morning paper. Intelligent writing in a strip might just pass muster if it is spoken by swamp critters, or bulbous headed little kids, but maybe the sort of writing seen in Bliss, spoken by real-seeming adult people, is just a little too much reality with that first cup of coffee.
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: Odin Burvik
Odin Burvik was the pseudonym of Mabel Glazier "Grace" Burwick, who was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado on September 17, 1904. Her full name was pieced together from the census records and a family tree, and her birth information was on a 1933 passenger list at Ancestry.com. Trina Robbins wrote, in A Century of Women Cartoonists (1993): "Another woman who took a masculine name was Mabel Burwick; at the start of her career, she changed her name to Odin Burvik."
The Colorado Springs Directory 1905 had a listing for her parents, Odin and Della, who resided at 128 West Mill. He was a driver at the Houston Lumber Company. The 1907 directory recorded them at 418 South Tejon and he remained employed at Houston Lumber. Iowa Gravestone has a photo of Odin's gravestone, with the dates "1879–1908", at the Holman Sergeant Bluff Cemetery in Woodbury County, Iowa.
In the 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Burwick and her mother, a widow and dressmaker, lived in Colorado Springs at 914 Lake Avenue. Later, her mother remarried.
The 1920 census recorded Burwick and her mother and brother, Robert, who both had the Olesen surname, in Los Angeles, California at 6110 Moneta Avenue. She worked as a saleslady in her mother's candy store. The whereabouts of her Danish step-father is not known. The family moved again.
In 1930 they all had the Burwick surname and were in Minneapolis, Minnesota at 916 Seventh Avenue. The census had her name as Grace, which may have been a nickname. She was a self-employed commercial artist and her mother was a school teacher. On September 13, 1933, she returned from Europe, sailing from Le Havre, France to New York City. On the passenger list, it appears she was employed by the L.S. Donaldson Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her name appeared in an issue of the Bulletin, Volumes 23-24, 1934, from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts. She was in The Federal Illustrator, Spring Number, 1938. According to the Kingston Daily Freeman (New York), April 13, 1968, she "…decided at the age of 12 to become a professional artist…Mrs. Waugh studied at Minneapolis and Chicago Art Institutes, and with Harvey Dunn at Grand Central Galleries in New York…"
The Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 1, Group 2, Pamphlets, Etc. 1940 New Series, Volume 37, Number 2 has an entry for her and John Charles Fabbrini. New York City was the home of the Burwicks in the 1940 census. They lived at 51 West 68 Street. She was a free-lance artist, who had two years of college; her brother was a hotel porter. The census asked where one lived in 1935, and the Burwicks had been in Chicago, Illinois.
Coulton Waugh had been producing the Dickie Dare comic strip for many years. In his book, The Comics, he explained how Burwick became involved with his strip.
…When the writer decided to turn finally to other matters, he had as assistant a determined young woman with an interesting Norwegian name, Odin Burvik. She could herring-bone up a hill on skiis as fast as he could roll down them, and she had one burning, devastatingly difficult ambition: to become a comic artist.
Knowing the stress and strain of strip-producing, the author decided to try her determination and gave her the most difficult assignments he could. "You can't be sick; no holidays," he said. She wonders now how she ever survived; but she learned so much in a single year as assistant, that when the big chance came in the spring of 1944, the Associated Press agreed to try her out. She won, and soon she was in full charge of "Dickie," matching his bubbling energy with with the sense of life which gives her style its own special distinction.According to Who Was Who in America with World Notables (1976), Waugh married Elizabeth Dey Jenkinson on May 18, 1919; she passed away in 1944. He married Burwick on January 17, 1945. Arts Magazine, Volume 20, Issue 6, 1946, had this account:
"…Coulton Waugh, son of the late Frederick Waugh of seascape fame, has long been the creator of a popular cartoon strip titled 'Dicky [sic] Dare'…Not long back he decided that he wanted to give it up, and in due course, an open competition was held by the Associated Press to find someone to carry it on. One Miss Odin Burvik won. Miss Burvik was a former assistant of Coulton...Well…it's still in the family…he married the girl!…"The Newburgh News (New York), September 6, 1945, reported the marriage of Burwick's brother, who "…at present is assistant to his sister, Mrs. Coulton Waugh, of Little Britain who draws a comic strip for Associated Press…" In Alter Ego #59, Fran Matera explained how he took over the strip and who did the lettering: "…the Associated Press hired me to take over Dickie Dare. I went to see Coulton Waugh and his wife, Odin. Waugh was writing and doing a lot of the art, and his wife worked on it for a while, signing it 'Odin.' Her brother lettered. Gradually, both Coulton and Odin wanted to taper off…doing the strip so they could paint, and I took over. Odin's brother continued to letter it, but he didn't live near me, so I decided to take that over…." Dickie Dare ended in 1957.
Burwick devoted her time to painting. Parade magazine, January 12, 1958, had an advertisement for Art Instruction, Inc., which had a paragraph about her (below).
The Kingston Daily Freeman said, "…She gained her total knowledge of color and oil painting from working with her husband and the two often work together on a portrait. The almost life-size portrait of their daughter, Phyllis, is one example of this collaboration…" The Newburgh News, March 18, 1958, noted the upcoming lecture at Temple Beth Jacob Brotherhood: "…The program will feature a lecture discussion on 'The History of Cartooning' by Coulton and Odin Waugh, nationally-syndicated cartoonists and creators of 'Dickie Dare'…."
During the mid-1960s and 1970s, the couple produced the panel Junior Editors Quiz.
The Evening News (Newburgh, New York), June 11, 1964, published photos of Phyllis and her mother, and the November 6, 1983 edition has another photo. The Otsego Farmer (Cooperstown, New York), July 17, 1969, reported the upcoming exhibition at the Pioneer Gallery, whose members included the Waughs and their daughter.
Burwick, as Odin Waugh, passed away June 1998 according to the Social Security Death Index. The USGenWeb Project website, Welcome to the Orange County, New York GenWeb Site, has the Times Herald-Record Obituary Index June 1998. The entry has an error: "Burwick Glazier, Odin [Waugh, Buchanan] / Born 09/17/1904 / Birth Place Colorado Springs, NY [sic] / Died 06/17/1998". Burwick was born in Colorado state. Her mother's maiden name was Glazier, according to a family tree at Ancestry.com. Her mother passed away December 3, 1964, and brother on December 15, 2006. In The Comics, Coulton Waugh said: "…The author would like especially to thank his research assistant, Robert Burwick, whose wide knowledge of the subject and sharp intelligence proved invaluable during the several years of hard work which went into the book…."
Labels: Ink-Slinger Profiles
Monday, May 04, 2015
Obscurity of the Day: Barry the Boob
The great E.C. Segar (creator of Popeye, dontcha know) started his career doing some rank amateur work on the comic strip Charlie Chaplin's Comic Capers. That was for the Chicago Herald's J. Keeley Syndicate in 1916-17. His work was really awful -- there's just no nicer way to describe it. It was so bad it managed to kill a comic strip starring the most popular entertainer in the world -- that's pretty darn bad.
Thankfully, though, Segar was improving by leaps and bounds. After a couple of false starts on other strips, he came up with Barry the Boob. While it was no classic by any means, it at least looked and read as a minimally professional piece of work. The strip is about a Mutt and Jeff pair involved in the Great War -- which is exactly what the real Mutt and Jeff were doing in their strip in this period. Segar gets points for art and writing improvement, but those points come right back off the scorecard for being a copycat.
Barry the Boob ran in the Chicago Herald/J. Keeley Sunday comics section from September 23 1917 to April 28 1918.
Sunday, May 03, 2015
Jim Ivey's 90th Birthday Party
Labels: Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics