Thursday, September 14, 2006


E&P Mystery Strips: Letter L

Here are the L for Lost features. Help them find their way off that crazy island!

Laff It Off - Vance van Demark - Thompson Service - daily panel - 1941
Laff Toons - Mike Gray and Bob Moore - Nationwide Features - weekly panel - 1949-50 [Charles Thompson supplies proof that Nationwide was a producer of advertising strips; not eligible for SG listing]
Laff Track - Marty Brucella - R-GAB Features - daily panel - 1980
Lamentin' Luke - Art Gates - self-syndicated - daily strip - 1956
Land of the Midnight Fun - Sarge O'Neill - Southern Cartoon Syndicate - daily strip - 1974
Larger Than Life - David Gallagher - Public Syndicate - daily panel - 1992-93
Larry Brannon - Winslow Mortimer - National Newspaper Syndicate - daily strip - 1961-68 (Alberto Becattini says it ran in the Toronto Star - did it appear in any US newspapers? Yes, it ran in the Kingsport Post!)
Lars And June - Ray Rhamey - Rayr Thoughts - daily strip - 1977-78 (found! by Jeffrey Lindenblatt in Philadelphia Daily News)
The Last Straw - Dan Juravich - Superior Features - weekly strip - 1983-present
The Late Late War - Fred Fredericks - Adcox Associates - daily strip - 1960 (found in Hayward Review)
Laughing Gas - Bill Freyse - Feature Sales Syndicate - daily strip - 1937-38
Laura Good - Ellis Eringer and Russ Manning - Crown Features - Sunday strip - 1960 (Alberto Becattini says it ran in Shopping Bag/Family Funnies, a weekly magazine distributed in southern California supermarkets)
Law And Disorder - George Koukos - Creators Syndicate - daily strip - 2000
The Law - Charles Schwab - Unicorn Features - daily panel - 1972-73
Lefty Betts - Bob York - Globe Syndicate - daily strip - 1948
Legal Laffs - Rube Weiss - Blackstone Press Features - weekly panel - 1971-76
Leisure Hour - Newton Pratt - Globe Syndicate - daily panel - 1950
Lemont Brown - Darrin Bell - Continental News Service - weekly strip - 1996-99 (D.D. Degg says this ran in the UC Berkeley Daily Californian, a college paper, before it was renamed "Candorville" on syndication)
Les Moore - Philip Jewell - self-syndicated - daily panel - 1992-96
Lest We Forget - Joe Archibald - Wheeler-Nicholson - daily panel - 1926
Let's Go - Grace Brown and Marion Moran - Conde Nast - daily strrip - 1929
Let's Go Town - William Spear Jr. - Western Newspaper Union - weekly panel - 1927, 1936-37
Li'l Chief Hot-Shot - Frank Stevens - Associated Features - daily and Sunday strip - 1945-46
Li'l Peanut - Lou Paige - Al Smith Service - weekly strip - 1951 (found! in Audubon News-Guide)
Li'l Philosopher - Constance Bannister - Miller Services - daily panel - 1960-62
Libby - Jeff Sinclair - Kartooning Advertising - daily strip - 1980-81
Life Lines - L.C. (Les?) Carroll - Crosby Newspaper Syndicate - daily panel - 1938
Life's Little Dramas - Bart Hodges Jr. - NY Post Syndicate - twice weekly panel - 1946-47 (D.D. Degg reports that this was a text column with a caricature graphic, not eligible for SG. Thanks DD!)
Life's Little Temptations - Phil Hummerstone - Words & Pictures Service - daily panel - 1949-50
Life-Laffs - Ralph Hershberger - Century Features - daily panel - 1937
Lippy The Yippy - Sarge O'Neill and Bill Wright - Southern Cartoon Syndicate - daily panel - 1970-76
Listen Ladies - Mark Beebe - NY Herald-Tribune - daily panel - 1953
Little Evy - Evy Caroll - King Features - daily panel - 1945 (found! in New York Mirror)
Little Ezra - Ed Jona - Allied Features - daily/weekly strip - 1938
Little Folks of Circleville - Rome Siemon - N.E.W.S. - daily and Sunday strip - 1949
Little Green Man - Jaime Diaz - Ed Marzola & Associates - daily and Sunday strip - 1976
Little Ideas That Grew Big - Frank Cheesman - North America Sportsmens Bureau - thrice weekly panel - 1938
Little Island - Collins Clive - United Press International - daily strip - 1984
Little Jackie - Stanley Miller - Matz Features - daily strip - 1936
A Little Leary - Bill Leary - National Newspaper Syndicate - daily panel - 1963-86 (doesn't qualify for listing, art was reused from day to day on this homilies panel - thanks to Bill Mullins for sample)
The Little Major - Bob Kane - General Features - weekly strip - 1937-42 [found! by Art Lortie in Hastings News]
The Little Man - Ray Salmon - self-syndicated - daily panel - 1980-2001
Little Moonfolks - Rome Siemon - Associated Press - daily and Sunday strip - 1952 [Jeffrey Lindenblatt has found the daily running in the Greenwood (MS) Commonwealth. Thanks Jeffrey! Anyone find the Sunday?]
Little Otto - H.T. Elmo - Wheeler-Nicholson - daily strip - 1926
Little People of the Air - Isabelle Stewart Way - Giblin Features - daily panel - 1925 (doesn't qualify for listing, turns out to be an illustrated text column about birds - thanks to Bill Mullins for sample)
Little Rodney - Jimmy Caborn - Arthur J. Lafave - weekly panel - 1937-39 (FOUND! in Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Little Rowdies - Marsh and Mulholland - Thompson Service - daily strip - 1934
Little Sampson - Paschall - Graphic Syndicate - daily - 1925
Little Strokes - Elena - self-syndicated - daily and Sunday panel - 1973
Little Wild-Heart - Carl Moon - Independent Syndicate - weekly strip - 1930
Live 'n Laff - Rube Weiss - Blackstone Press Features - weekly panel - 1967-76 (Found! by Robert Brooke in Eastern Oklahoma Journal)
Live It Up - Tony Victorian - World News Syndicate - daily panel - 1973
Lola - Inigo - Picadilly Press - daily strip - 1966-68
Lonely Heart - Herc Ficklen - Avalon Features - daily panel - 1968-79
Long Shots - Frank Hill - Continental Features - daily panel - 2003-present
Looking Around - Sid Hathaway - Al Smith Service - weekly panel - 1970 (Ray Bottorff Jr finds that this was actually a text column, listed in the wrong E&P section. Thanks Ray!)
Looney Land - Jim Navoni - Premier Syndicate - daily panel - 1926 (Found! by Bill Mullins in the Lowell Sun. Thanks Bill!)
Loony Limericks - Jerry Schiller - Blackstone Press - weekly panel - 1957-61
Loop Carew - Ted Miller - Press Alliance - daily - 1940-48
Lord, I Said - Hank Hartmann and Martha Merrill - LA Times Syndicate - daily panel - 1978 (Found! in Kokomo Tribune, Carlisle Sentinel, Alexandria Town Talk -- but it was self-syndicated, not thru LA Times -- thanks to Ray Bottorff Jr.)
The Losers - Bob Kane - Ledger Syndicate - daily panel - 1966
Love And Laughter - Maria Molnar - Oceanic Press Serv ice - weekly strip - 1983-95
Love, Love, Love - Chuck and Gwen Bowen - Universal Press - daily panel - 1970-71 (found! in Sacramento Union)
Lucky Breaks - C.R. Miller - Distinctive Features - daily panel, Sunday strip - 1930


As far as I know "Lemont Brown" began and ran in the UC Berkeley Daily Californian. By the time it had fully developed it was syndicated by WPWG and
the title was changed to "Candorville".

Has anyone ever seen a Continental Features/Continental News Service strip syndicated to a daily paper?
I've not seen a Continental Features strip in a newspaper, but did just visit their site and ordered a sample copy of their magazine/weekly syndicate book. I noted this odd phrase on the site:

"Continental Features/Continental News Service encourages writers, cartoonists and photographers to apply for sponsorship in syndication"

Sorta sounds to me like they might put aspiring writers and cartoonists into their magazine for a fee. Not to cast aspersions without proof, but this has the smell of a scheme to part amateurs with some of their cash in exchange for giving them 'exposure'. Maybe I'm just reading it with a a too jaundiced eye.

Just a correction - "Lemont Brown" was renamed "Candorville", not "Rudy Park".

Darrin Bell has two different comics named "Rudy Park" (from United Features) and "Candorville" (from Washington Post Writers' Group). Just a note.
I have an original example of Fredrick's LATE,LATE WAR, it was actually syndicated by "ADCOX-LENAHAN, INC." in July 1960. If you'd like a picture of it, where would I send it?
Hi anonymous -
Thanks for the offer, but original art is no guarantee that the strip actually ran, so we need tearsheets to get a strip off the mystery list.

Re: Lamenting Luke.

In 1955 Art Gates had a comic book series for Charlton called Hillbilly comics, drawn in a Mort Drucker style. This may be an outcome of that.
Life's Little told to Bart Hodges ran regularly in the 1947 Knickerbocker News (Albany, NY).
But it was a short column featuring an incident in the life of some well-known personality. The only art was a caricature of the celebrity.
Thank you DD!
Little Major was found by Buddy Lortie in the Hastings on the Hudson News
Larry Brannon in the Kingsport Post, Tennessee; from 1963 to some time between 1966 and 1968. On Google Newspapers.
Thanks anon, listing updated.
Larry Brannon has a complete run in Calgary and another western province paper. I have the first year compiled in the Comic Strip Appreciation Group.
While no proof, Ted Miller mentions his Loop Carew comic strip in a 1960 Nashua Telegraph newspaper article (I clipped here). it is an interesting clue...

my best
Ray Bottorff Jr
Found the probable newspaper Loop Carew appeared in according to this 1950 (!) newspaper article talking about Ted Miller:
The Newton Graphic (Newton, Massachusetts), Thursday, March 30, 1950, page 3 "Annual Meeting of Auburndale Woman's Club to be Held April 12" ( Per the text:
"Mrs. Thomas E. Crosy, day chairman, will introduce the speaker, Mr. Ted Miller, cartoonist, who will take for his subject, "This Funny Business.” He will tell the story behind the comic strips. He created the comic strip "Loop Carew” for the Haverhill Evening Gazette prior to his enlistment in the AAF. During the war he contributed regularly to "Yank.” His cartoons have appeared in such publications as and Better Homes and Gardens and he recently became associated with the Christian Science Monitor as artist and author of 'The Diary of Snubs Our Dog.'"

So figure Loop Carew appeared in the Haverhill Evening Gazette from sometimes during 1938-1942-ish.

my best
Ray Bottorff Jr
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Anyone around Boston want to visit the Haverhill Public Library? The Haverhill Gazette is not digitzed online yet that I can find and the newspaper is all microfilm only and at the HPL, and maybe the LOC. Maybe more than Loop Carew can be found within its pages...
Looking Around definitely not a comic strip, but a text featurette can be found in several local newspapers during 1970, I bet in 1969 and 1971 too. has several examples when you look up "Looking Around" and "Hathaway" in 1970 on the site. Here is one:
"Lord, I Said" appears in several 1978 newspapers when searching on Here is one example:

Looks like an outlier as a May 9th dated strip showing up in October 1979:

I get the feeling this strip may not have been run every day by these papers.

my best
Ray Salmon and his The Little Man comic strip is mentioned in this 1980 newspaper article I clipped from
(The Napa Valley Register (Napa, California) Friday, May 9, 1980).

No appearance of the strip shown yet, but I wonder since he self-syndicated, maybe his work only appeared in the local newspaper, the Vallejo Times-Herald? only listed the Vallejo Times-Herald for 1974 (?!) Anyone lives in Northern California can visit the local library for its microfilm? or UC Berkley has it on microfilm...
The The Last Straw by Dan Juravich, Dan has a website, looks rather old so not sure when last updated, he has his bio and states several comics he worked on:

Clipped an ad cartoon he did for Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

my best
Ray Bottorff Jr
In a 1955 article, Bill Freyse mentions he self-syndicated two comic panels early in his career, including Laughing Gas:

No mention of what papers his work appeared in.

my best
-Ray Bottorff Jr
George Koukos's Law and Disorder got a large write up in 2000, about its attempted syndication, no further word on if got into any newspapers (I clipped it for viewing):

my best
-Ray Bottorff Jr
Hi Ray --
Thanks for pushing me to take a second look at Lord I Said -- it ran 4/3/78-8/18/79 as a daily, then was distributed in reprints for another year or so.

Juravich's comic strip "Norm" ran in the Pittsburgh Post for one month in 1983; I still can't find any of the weekly strips and panels he claims on his website, but Suburban Features stuff is always hard to pin down.

Thanks very much for your many bits of info on the mystery strips lately; with so much coming onto digital these days, you never know what might turn up.

--Allan Holtz
Here's one that I can't seem to find in the stripper site:
"Little Buddy" by Bruce Stuart. Copyright by Lincoln Newspaper features, Inc. Numbered, not dated. A generic little boy/family strip, he looks like "Freckles" of ca. 1915. (it appears as "Bruce Stuart" might be HT Elmo) Seen as early as 17 May 1935 and as late as
6 October 1939 in the Cayuga Chief,(Weedsport, NY), which formally announced it and "The Goofus Family" were being replaced in the 13th October issue with "Nappy" and "Socco The Seadog."
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