Saturday, May 20, 2006


Mystery Strips of E&P - "I" Listings

More mystery strips - today is 'I' for 'I dunno'! As always, provide proof that any of these ran in U.S. newspapers and win a great package of comic strip goodies. (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!)

I Like You Because - Naida - Dickson Feature Service - daily strip - 1979
I'm Telling You - Proctor Brown, Irwin Kostin - Associated Midwest Newspaper Syndicate - daily panel - 1937
I.D. Clare - W.F. Peters - Publishers Feature Service - weekly panel - 1946-49
Idiosyntrics - R.S. Broughton, Proctor Brown - Associated Midwest Newspaper Syndicate - daily panel - 1937
If I Had My Way - Kern Pederson - Trans World News Service - weekly panel - 1976-78
Igor - Harry Privette - Boston Features - daily strip - 1985-87
Illustrated Crimes - Stookie Allen - Service For Authors - daily/weekly strip - 1933-39
Impressions - Emil Abrahamian - self-syndicated - daily/weekly panel - 1983-94
In Their Own Words - Paul Howle, Don O'Briant - Asterisk Features/United Features - Sunday panel - 1987-present [Charles Brubaker found, it is not a cartoon feature but a game with minor cartoon element]
In The Land Of Midnite Fun - Sarge O'Neill - Southern Cartoon Syndicate - daily panel - 1971
Inane Incidents - S.R. Vic - Better Features - daily panel - 1932
Indian Summer - John Zima - Atlas Features - weekly strip - 1951-59 (found! in Redwood Journal-Press-Dispatch)
Inklings - John Jarvis - Western Newspaper Union - weekly panel - 1949-50 (found! in Lime Springs Herald)
Inky - Hal Borden - Al Smith Service - weekly panel - 1961-65 [not a mystery after all; panels were actually titled Little Inky and were documented]
Inner Circle - Lochlan Field - Watkins Syndicate - weekly strip - 1939
Insight-Out - E.J. Myer - Winford Company - daily - 1971
Intimate Biographies - William Jacobson - Fox Features - weekly strip - 1929-30 (found! in Cincinnati Enquirer)
It Does Happen - Treve Collins - Thompson Service - daily panel - 1931-34
It Has Been Noted That... - Leshod - American International Syndicate - daily panel - 1996-97
It Just So Happened - Kern Pederson - Al Smith Service - weekly panel - 1978 (found! in Sequoyah County Times, and others. Thanks Brubaker!)
It's A Cockeyed World - Joe Kaliff - Republic Features - weekly panel - 1948-80
It's A Fact - Jerry Cahill - Atlas Features - weekly panel - 1948-59 (found! in Redwood Journal-Press-Dispatch)
It's A Laugh - Rube Weiss - Blackstone Press Features - weekly panel - 1971-76
It's A Living - Burdette Inch - John M. Meissner - daily panel - 1938
It's A Tough Life - Ed Hampton - American International Syndicate - daily strip - 1992-95
It's For You - Nick Frising - Allied Feature Syndicate - daily panel - 1982
It's Just As True Today - Franklin Van Zelm - Globe Syndicate - daily panel - 1948-50 (found by Bill Mullins in Chester Times and Sheboygan Press - thanks Bill!)
It's Love - Chuck & Gwen Bowen - Universal Press Syndicate - daily panel - 1972-73 (found in Sacramento Union)
It's Really Great - Charles Bowen, Barbara Jones - Allied Features - daily panel - 1985
It's Really A Racket - Cliff Durr, Charles Tepper - Allied Features Syndicate - daily strip - 1938
It's Your World - Ted Goff, Dan Harris - self-syndicated - daily and Sunday strip - 1985-86

i started "in their own words" sometime in the '80s. Gave it to don o'briant. don't know if he still does it. it ran in as many as 20 newspapers at one time.
paul howle's email address is
I found "In Their Own Words" running in Tacoma, WA News-Tribune. It's a text-heavy activity panel.

Some samples:
"Inky" is actually titled "Little Inky", and I found it running in several papers, including The Tecumseh Chieftain in Nebraska, The Miner in Carbondale, PA, The Belleville Times in New Jersey, and Playground Daily News (yes, an actual newspaper) in Ft. Walton Beach, FL.

The cartoon is meant to promote the classified section, with the captions customizable so that it mentions the name of the paper it runs in.

I found it running into 1975.

Follow up to above. Even though these cartoons have a byline to Hal Borden, the signature is for Irv Hagglund. Was Hal Borden a known pseudonym for Hagglund?
Thanks Charles, Little Inky is not a mystrey strip (#3676), so we're good to that extent. But are you really finding it in 1975? Granted these weekly classified ad things could be used whenever, but a decade late is pretty impressive! --Allan
I give you an "I" :
IT HAPPENED IN MONTANA by Jim Masterson, ident line COPYRIGHT 1940 BY J.W. MASTERSON. a numbered set of Scott's Scrapbook-type factoids about the big sky state. Made to appear in Montana small town weeklies.

Earliest (#1), The River Press (Fort Benton) 5 June 1940.
Latest (#85) Townsend Star (Townsend) 12 March 1942.
Thanks Mark, I've had the reprint book for years but never found the source material to It Happened In Montana. -- Allan
I found "It Just So Happened" by Kern Pederson running in Sequoyah County Times 1979-1981
Thanks Charles, it looks like we have a start date around January 1979, an end date around June 1982 based on the Sequoyah County Times and West Carroll Gazette.
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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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Thursday, May 18, 2006


Obscurity of the Day: An Embarrassing Moment

There was a well-known Hearst series titled Embarrassing Moments that ran in the 20s and 30s. Among the luminaries that worked on that series were Billy DeBeck and George Herriman. What few people know is that it was actually a revival of an earlier Hearst series, An Embarrassing Moment. The original series started 3/2/1916 in the New York American, and was a tag team affair by A.C. Fera (better known for Just Boy, aka Elmer) and Fred Locher (Cicero Sapp). The joint effort only lasted a week, and then the series disappeared for five months (though it may have been running in papers outside New York). Locher resumed the series as a solo effort on 8/25/1916, but it was passed off just two months later to Jimmy Swinnerton (who supplies all our samples). Swinnerton produced the strip until July 1917 for the American, though it ran there only sporadically. It seems to have been produced and run in other papers on a more frequent basis.

The second and more famous series started sometime in 1922.


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Wednesday, May 17, 2006


Obscurity of the Day: Kate And Karl

Mary Hays was definitely a relative of the better known distaff cartoonists Margaret Hays and Grace Drayton, possibly a sister though no one is quite certain. Mary seems to have been younger than the other two, and certainly was not nearly as gifted artistically. Her only long-running strip was Kate And Karl, done for the Philadelphia North American. All of the cartooning Hays clan worked at the North American in the first two decades of the 20th century, the others most notably with the long running popular series The Turr'ble Tales of Kaptin Kiddo. Mary definitely was trying to echo the style of Grace Drayton, but her version comes off as flat and lifeless by comparison. Her storytelling ability, too, leaves something to be desired as our sample attests (I had to read it three times before I could even decipher the continuity and the gag).

Kate And Karl ran 9/24/1911 through 11/30/1913, and was later reprinted in the World Color Printing Sunday sections of 1917-18. It's my understanding that Mary Hays went on to be a well-regarded paper doll designer.


Mary A. Hays (later Mary Hays Huber) was a daughter of Margaret Gebbie Hays, and a niece of Grace Gebbie Wiederseim Drayton (Margaret and Grace being sisters). In her early career Mary hadn't come into her own artistically, but she was very young!
She later designed/illustrated a good many items for the Dennison and Gibson companies; the companies neither credited their artists nor kept a record of their names. I have seen her name on a couple of children's magazine pages, one of which I own, and I have seen just her initials (MH) on one Gibson postcard which is recognizably in her style (and which I also own).

I realize that postcards, bridge tallies, and holiday stickers aren't your primary interest, but I thought you might enjoy having some of the information I've been able to glean over the past few years.

Elizabeth Huntington Hall
Hi Elizabeth --
I'm always thrilled when readers write with additional info about these cartoonists. So many of them are ciphers to me, it's great to hear about their other endeavors!

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006


Obscurity of the Day: Chris and Christena's Courtship

In mid-1912 the Rocky Mountain News ran Chris and Christena's Courtship as sort of a banner on the front page of their Sunday classified section. I have a run of the strip from July through August, but it may well have run longer.

Notice that this strip is in (limited) color, even though it ran in what is normally a black-and-white section of most papers. The papers of Denver (the Post, the Times, the Republican, the Express, the Rocky Mountain News and perhaps even others) were in a pitched battle for circulation, though, so many of the papers brightened their paper with a liberal use of color. The color extended to the news coverage as well -- the Denver papers of the 1900s-1910s are some of the yellowest journals you'll ever find. If you're a fan of sensational newspapers like I am, you'll find nirvana in the pages of these old Colorado papers.

I don't know whether this strip originated at the News or if it was syndicated from elsewhere. The cartoonist Artigue has a few comic strip credits in Boston and Philadelphia in the 1906-09 period, but I lose track of him after that with this one exception from 1912. Can anyone offer more information on either Artigue or this strip?


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Monday, May 15, 2006


Can You Find the Lost Kirby Strips?

As promised a few moons ago on this blog, I have been looking for the list of newspapers given to me by Greg Theakston. These newspapers are supposed to have run Jack Kirby's ultra-rare material for the Lincoln Features Syndicate. Though we've found a few papers now running Lincoln material, most of the more interesting Kirby work (like Socko The Sea Dog, Cyclone Burke and The Black Buccaneer) are still only know from proofs in the collection of Roz Kirby.

Greg Theakston got a short list of papers from Roz that are presumed to have run some of the more obscure Lincoln Features material, and he passed it along to me. I have been unable to obtain any of these newspapers on microfilm. If any of you have access to these papers I beg, chide and admonish you to index the Lincoln material (which starts around 1935):

Nassau Bulletin
Hillsdale Herald
Tripoli (IA) Leader
Cuyahoga Falls (OH) News
Darby (PA) Progress
Clifton (NJ) Leader
Newark (NJ) Issue
Putnam County (NY) News
Irvington (NJ) Herald
Clifton (NJ) Weekly
unnamed paper in Beverly Hills CA
unnamed paper in South Bend and Fort Wayne IN

Did you ever find a paper running Socko the Seadog?
The Old Fulton site has some samples from the Attica News and the Cayuga Chief.
Go to and do an exact search for Socko the Seadog.
Lincoln Features that appeared in 1937 are:
Cyclone Burke
Black Bucaneer
Socko the Seadog
Lefty Wright
Dolly in Hollywood
The Cloud Busters (protaginist is "Lance Kirby"

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