Friday, March 31, 2017


Wish You Were Here, from R.F. Outcault

Oh my. Can't imagine this card was a big seller. I mean, the wordplay is actually inventive and all, but still ... Even the cow can't believe that this card was published.

Anyhow, this is another Outcault card from J. Ottmann copyrighted 1905.


Dear Allan,

I checked out your book (American Newspaper Comics - An Encyclopedia Reference) yesterday from my local library. I wanted to give you an update in regards to the end date you gave Virgil Partch's "Big George!".

You have it listed as 1989, when it actually ended on June 8th, 1991 (as sourced from the Elyria Chronicle Telegram). I'm not sure when the Sunday strip ended, as I can't find any examples as recent as 1983.

Here's the source, cropped from Newspaper Archive (a Saturday):

Ben Ferron
Hi Ben --
Thanks for the correction. I'm not on newspaperarchive (their business practices were pretty slimy in my case). Would you mind sharing the full page of that so hopefully I can read the newspaper date? I wouldn't ask but the copyright date on the panel itself is totally illegible, so I just want to make sure. Sometimes they misdate papers. Thanks, Allan
OK Allan. I'll try and do that first thing (or second thing) tomorrow.

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