Friday, May 19, 2006


Mystery Strips of E&P - "H" Listings

After a pregnant pause, here's letter H of the mystery strips. If you can prove that any of these ran in US newspapers (via tearsheets, photocopies of tearsheets or other positive proof) you receive a goodie package full of all sorts of cool comic strip related treasures! All other information that you can pass on about features in the list is also much appreciated. (SORRY - as of 2018 goodie boxes are sadly no longer available - I now live in Canada and our postal rates are so outrageous that I cannot afford to send out goodie boxes - SORRY!)

Hairbreadth Harry - Joseph Petrovich - Ledger Syndicate - daily and Sunday strip - 1967-72
Hal Hepp - Warren Gates - Atlas Features - weekly strip - 1951-59 - found in Bessemer Herald (in 1949
Half Pints - Mike Gray, Bob Hyde - Nationwide Features - weekly panel - 1949-50 FOUND - Germund von Wowern supplied proof that these were advertising panels, and thus not qualified for Stripper's Guide listing
Half-Buck - Slim Heilman - McClure Syndicate - daily and Sunday strip - 1951
Halo And His Dog - Bill Wright - Southern Cartoon Syndicate - daily strip - 1971
Hambone - M. Flanagan - Adventure Feature Syndicate - daily and Sunday strip - 1994-97
Hampy - Laurie Campbell - United Cartoonist Syndicate - daily - 1988
Handiboy - uncredited - International Syndicate - weekly panel - 1936-39
Hang-Ups - Betty Runyon - Allied Press International - daily strip - 1980-81
Hannibal - Harry Mace - Consolidated Features - daily strip - 1956-57
Hans Schnupps - Walt Triciak - Bryl Syndicate - daily strip - 1936
Hap Holiday - Phil Martin - Globe Syndicate - daily strip - 1948
Happy Days - Cliff Knight - Matz Features - weekly strip - 1937-38
The Happy Days - Norman Maurer - Crown Features - daily panel and Sunday strip - 1960
Happy Happy - Cosmus - Oceanic Press Service - weekly strip - 1982-92
Happy Hunch - H.L. Kruckman - Graphic Syndicate - daily strip - 1926 (Found! Cole Johnson supplied samples -- thanks Cole!)
Happy Returns - Cecile Mills - Mordell Features - daily panel - 1946
Harry Fig - Peter Wallace - United Feature Syndicate - daily and Sunday strip - 1984
Hasty Pudding - Man Martin - Lew Little Enterprises - daily strip - 1992
Hattie - Gertrude Espenschied - Roberts News Service - weekly panel - 1962-67
Have Fun! - Lee Bryan, Rube Weiss - Blackstone Press Features - weekly panel - 1956-76
Hawks Of The Seas - Willis Rensie (Will Eisner) - Eisner-Iger Associates - weekly strip - 1937-40
He's The Guy - R.N. Palmer - Select Features - daily panel - 1948
Head Set - Dennis Ellefson - Ed Marzola & Associates - daily panel - 1976
Head Of The Family - Robert & Sally Batz - Chicago Tribune-NY News Syndicate - daily panel - 1971 [found! by Charles Brubaker in Dayton Daily News -- thanks Charles!]
Heads And Tales - Joe Laurie Jr - Press Features - daily panel - 1948
Heart Throbs - Gladys Ripley - Editors Syndicate - daily strip - 1927
Heavenly Days - Jack Bonestell - Wilson Features - daily strip - 1979
Heavy Hannah - John Haslemo - Atlas Features - weekly strip - 1951-59 (found! in Redwood Journal-Press-Dispatch)
Hector Hicks - Lank Leonard - George Matthew Adams Service - daily strip - 1933
Hector The Director - Rama Braggiotti - Ledger Syndicate - daily panel - 1967-73
Helen Homemaker - Gean & Lloyd Birmingham - Columbia Features - weekly strip - 1968-73 (found! by Art Lortie in Fort Myers News-Press)
Henry Henpeck - Irv Hagglund - A.S. Curtis Features - daily panel - 1949-61
The Hep Catts - Ray Herman - Allied Features - Sunday strip - 1945
Herd Of Laughter - Terry Willis - Liberty Features - weekly - 1997-98
Here And There - John Rosol - King Features - weekly strip - 1941 (found! by Mark Johson, see this Ask the Archivist post)
Heroglyphics - Don Eaton - Trans World News Service - daily strip - 1978
Hey, Mac - Mike Arens, A.S. Curtis - A.S. Curtis Features - daily and Sunday strtip - 1947-61
Hi And Jinx - Mal Hancock - Davy Associates - daily strip - 1991-97
Hi-Lo - Daloisio - Transworld Feature Syndicate - daily and Sunday strip - 1952-62
Hi-Way Henry - Oscar Hitt - Wheeler-Nicholson - daily panel - 1926
Hick'ry Twigs - Jack Knox - Associated Newspapers - daily strip - 1938
Highlights Of Industry - Arthur E. Jameson - Triton Syndicate - weekly panel - 1936
Hobbs And Hink Adventures, Inc. - Julius King, Kurt Wiese - Metropolitan Newspaper Service - daily strip - 1928
Hold That Deadline - Herb Hunter - Newspaper Promotion Service - daily panel - 1947
Hollywood Hannah - Bob Moore - Nationwide Features - daily panel - 1949-50 [Charles Thompson supplies proof that Nationwide was a producer of advertising strips; not eligible for SG listing]
The Home Front - Pat Miller - Press Alliance - daily panel - 1942
Homefolks - V. Kolarov - American International Syndicate - daily panel - 1996-98
Homer Sapiens - William J. Mikulka - Trans World News Service - daily strip - 1978
Homer's Groaners - Ed Stanoszek - LA Times Syndicate - daily strip - 1978-79 [found to be an activity feature, not eligible for SG. Thanks Charles Brubaker!]
Honeydew - Henry Gaines Goodman Jr. - self-syndicated - daily panel - 1971-83 [Found! by Charles Brubaker in Greenville News; definitely stopped production sometime in 1973, so much of the advertising was for reruns]
The Honeymoon's Over - Charles Wagner - Humor Books Syndicate - weekly strip - 1995-96
Hoo-Dunnit - Fred Lamb - Columbia Features - daily panel - 1976
Hookup Henry - Tousey - NY Herald-Tribune Syndicate - daily panel - 1925
Hoot 'n' Annie - Eli Bauer - Newsday Specials - daily panel - 1965
Horace Scope The Star Gazer - Winn McCourt, William Sullivan - Associated Midwest Newspaper Syndicate - daily strip - 1937-38
Horse Shoe Sam - C.E. Bidinger - National Newspaper Service - daily panel - 1928
Hospital Quips - Rube Weiss - Blackstone Press Features - weekly panel - 1971-76
Hot And Tot - Ray Harris, Charles McGirl - Fred Harman Features - ? - 1934
House Of Hazards - Mac Arthur - Miller Services - weekly strip - 1939-40 (found! in State Center Enterprise)
How They Made Good - David Fishback - Hopkins Syndicate - daily panel - 1939
How To Be A Supermother - Dick Harris - self-syndicated - weekly panel - 1973-77 [found! by Charles Brubaker in Box Elder Journal, Thanks Charles!]
How To Do Or Be - George Beatty - Readers Syndicate - daily panel - 1924
Howard Banks - Michael Passannante, Nick Trezza - Global Features - daily and Sunday strip - 1991-93
Hub Caps - Jay Howard - Crown Features - Sunday strip - 1960
Huber And Friends - Frank Cummins - Sun News Features - daily strip - 1960-63
Hubert Henpec - Fantasio - Transworld Feature Syndicate - daily and Sunday strip - 1952-62
Hunchback of Notre Dame - Dick Briefer - Eisner-Iger Associates - weekly strip - 1937-39
Hunk The Dinosaur - Dean Norman - Ecology Cartoon Features - Sunday strip - 1993
Hutch At Random - G.E.Hutchison - Pat Anderson Features - weekly panel - 1970-75


there's been two collections of Eisner's "hawks of the sea". I have the earlier (80s?) edition. Like many of us who own too much stuff, I cant get to it - it's in the bookpacked room (we cant call it a library, you can walk frontways in a library). I seem to recall that the first collection had a couple of pages that had to be translated from Spanish tearsheets provided by Al Williamson. This at least "proves" publication, if not in US papers.

Hi Steven -
Yes, I have the collection, and the strips were definitely published in comic books and outside the U.S. What I'm looking for is proof of U.S. newspaper publication.

Hello, Allan----I have a pair of February, 1926 copies of THE TAMPA (Fla.) GLOBE which have the strip HAPPY HUNCH OF WALL STREET by H.L.Kruckman. Typical intended-for-tabloids comic, maybe poorer than usual.-------Cole Johnson.
Hi Cole -
I checked and the Tampa Globe does not exist on microfilm. That's a real bummer but not unexpected. If it was part of the MacFadden chain, practically none of them are on film. Might you be able to scan your samples? There'd be a goodie box in it for you!

I have an original/signed Hank Barrow cartoon and would like to see it go to someone who would appreciate it. I took a couple of pictures, if you want to see them let me know how to send them to you. Do you know of anyone or company that specializes in this kind of art? Thanks in advance for your time. Bob
Wow, I can't believe I found this. I am the creator of Hampy. I can't tell you if Hampy was ever in a daily, as I didn't have very good communication with my syndicate. After a few years of hibernation, Hampy is back in action. His site is and he's all over :) Facebook, blogspot, twitter (HampyCanada), etc. Thanks for this post, and very interesting site, BTW.
Hi Laurie --
Thanks for writing! Can you tell me anything about this United Cartoonist Syndicate? They advertised a bunch of features that I've never seen and I'd love to know what it was all about. Was it a group of cartoonists trying to syndicate together, or one of those "pay us some money and we'll sell your comic for you" outfits. or something else entirely?

Allan, I have the book the "comic guidelines" by Pedro Moreno. This was the name of the person I dealt with at United Cartoonists Syndicate, located then at P.O. Box 7081, Corpus Christi, Texas 78415. In this file I also have all the correspondence, the agreement, the progressive report (looks questionable, but who knows?). Three of the artists he said Mayer Media was interested in were "Bumpalumkins by Alberts, Oscy by Leiper and Capt. Skid by Benavidez.". If you are interested in any more information, let me know.
House of Hazards in Carolina Watchman, Salisbury North Carolina, in 1937.
The strip itself was not found (yet), but there was a large article on Henry Gaines Goodman in the Greenville (South Carolina) News on Jun 24, 1979, stating the Honeydew strip ran for four years as a daily mostly for East Coast and weekly newspapers, with a few examples reprinted. So while it does not prove it completely, it does narrow down the search (I clipped the article for all to read):

my best
Ray Bottorff Jr
Getting closer! Article from 1971 states it is about to begin in the Greenview News:
(clipped for all to read)

my best
Ray Bottorff Jr
As promised in the article, the next day in the Greenville (South Carolina) News, Monday, May 3, 1971. Possibly first strip. Honeydew by Henry Gaines Goodman (signed as Gaines).
(clipped so all can see)

my best
-Ray Bottorff Jr

I am getting multiple hits for several newspapers for Hook-Up Henry in 1925:

One of the examples:
August 13, 1925, South Bend Tribune.

my best
-Ray Bottorff Jr has examples from September 20, 1924, to November 2, 1925. Does seems to have been made into radio by the end of 1926!
Multiple Wheeler-Nicholson Syndicate comics strip on full-page display here Longview News-Journal (Longview, Texas), Tuesday, August 3, 1926, page 4.

I suspect this was part of a promo package sent by The Major that this newspaper reprint in full looks like. Do not know if the paper continued publishing any of these...but they were published at least once!

my best
-Ray Bottorff Jr
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One of the strips shows up on the 4th, the full page again shows up on the 5th, 10th, 11th, less than a full page on the 12th and 13th and I suspect longer after that for Longview News-Journal (Longview, Texas).
I found "Homer's Groaners" running in at least two newspapers: Philadelphia Daily News and The Montana Standard. Seems to be an activity strip? Does that count for your listing?

Here are samples:
Brubaker, I'm going to have to say Homer's Groaner's doesn't qualify because you have to do something to get the joke -- kinda like the Jumble. But getting anything off the mystery list, qualified or not, is always a happy event! Thanks.
Got it. While we're at it, I found "How To Be A Supermother" running in Box Elder Journal in Brigham City, Utah.

Tearsheets with the cartoon -
Sorry for the doublepost! In addition to the Supermother above, I found "Honeydew" running in Greenville News in South Carolina. They began running it on May 3, 1971. Here's the first week, plus an article about the creator that ran in the paper the day before:
Got it, thanks Brubaker!
Re Honeydew, the last new material they run is from February 1973, and there's an article in January 1974 saying the panel was retuired due to cancellations. Guess he tried to sell it in reprints for quite awhile. Nice art, too bad it didn't make it.

I found "Head of the Family" running in Dayton Daily News (OH) and The State (Columbia, SC) in 1971-72.
Thank you Charles; and they managed to go through two artists in that short run -- Bill Block and someone who signed themself only 'Scott'.

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