Friday, February 24, 2006
Obscurity of the Day: Hollywood Johnnie
The title character was a small-time Hollywood agent, and his character swerves around between con artist and saint. Writer Renny McEvoy seemed a bit stuck for finding a direction in the storyline. The art by Jim Pabian, on the other hand, was excellent.
Poor Johnnie lost his star billing in April 1947 when the title was changed to Screen Girl. Apparently the title change wasn't enough to generate interest in the strip, and it ended on November 4, 1948.
Note in the sample the rare topper Movie Struck. Very few strips that began after World War II bothered with this convention of an earlier era.
Hollywood Johnnie was reprinted in various issues of BIG SHOT COMICS.