Tuesday, June 23, 2020

 

The Long Slow Demise of Buster Brown, Part 9 -- April to June 1917

It's a bit ironic that Castelli suggests April 1 1917 as the date when Ross began assisting or ghosting, and from that date forward I see no obvious trace of Ross' hand for several months:

4-1-1917

4/8/1917

4/15/1917

4/22/1917

4/29/1917

5/6/1917

5/13/1917

5/20/1917

5/27/1917
On June 3 I finally see a whisper of what seems like Ross. Story panels 9 and 10 seem to have Ross faces on the girls. On the other hand, there seems like far less skilled hands evident as well. The trunk is obviously drawn with aid of a T-square, and that's not the sort of thing I associate with Outcault or Ross. More telling are the faces of the workers, especially the one in story panel 5. While Outcault sometimes indulged in 'blank' faces, the fellow straining in panel 5 looks too amateurish for me to blame him.

6/3/1917

6/10/1917

Story panel 9 on June 24th has an odd Buster face. Not Outcault or Ross would be my guess.
6/17/1917
Are those Ross cats in story panel 9 below?
6/24/1917


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