Saturday, October 11, 2008


Herriman Saturday

Still recovering from our trip to the Library of Congress, and today I've volunteered to go out canvassing for the Obama campaign, so just one Herriman cartoon this week. This is the second of his series on the Shriners' convention, printed May 3, 1907.

By the way I'll be talking more about our LoC trip come Monday, but wanted to get back to our regular weekend features since we missed one weekend already.


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Friday, October 10, 2008


Back From The LoC

Got back from the Library of Congress Wednesday night, then spent all day Thursday typing in the newfound information into my Stripper's Guide database. Following is a quick summary of our new information. Please note that a lot of the information we were seeking was based on tips we got right here on the blog, and I thank all of you who have been providing suggestions for places to search -- we had great luck with your suggestions!

* Quality Time end date

* Chloe - couldn't find in a quick survey of SF Chronicle

* Local strip Rollicking Realms of Boreas found.

* Lots of local strips in the Newark Evening News of the 20s documented, including one predecessor of Al Jaffee's Mad magazine Fold-In feature.

* Pushed back start date on In Animal Land

* Start date in Cincy Enquirer for The Girls

* Start date for The Nutheads

* Start date for The New Breed

* Could not find Bachelor Party in the Salt Lake Tribune -- if it was there it came and went quickly

* Start and end dates for The Big Parade

* Start date for The Ditto Brothers

* Start date for Eddie The Fox

* Start date for Zack Hill

* Couldn't find anything out about You Know How It Is, self-syndicated feature.

* Extended end date on GP Jones MD

* Correct start date for Zippy The Pinhead, four months later than Griffy claims on his website.

* Start date for Mr. Straphanger -- LoC missing too much Detroit News microfilm to determine end date.

* Determined that W.C. Fields strip did not run in its home paper, the LA Times.

* Determined that Out Of Orbit and Out Of This World were both ROP features in Dallas Morning News so gave up trying to track them on this visit.

* Got start and end dates on the delightful Gilly The Gopher strip in the Atlanta Constitution

* Pushed back start date on Funny Signs but ran out of time looking for start date.

* Start date for Officer Crust

* Start date for When I Was Short

* End date on We Have With Us Today

* Corrected dates on Mazie The Motor Maid that previously came from a secondary paper running it.

* New strip Fat Chance by Westover

* Got an end date on Zotwots

* New strips in 1914-15 NY Herald Sunday magazines

* End date on Dolly Dip

* Could not locate start or end dates on Lug Nuts

* Start and end dates on Ground Zero in LA Times

* End date for Angelina's Line A Day; ran out of time before finding start date.

* Pushed back the daily end date of Tailspin Tommy by a week.

* Nailed down the topper dates for Exploits of Eve

* Running dates for Colorado Sketchbook

* Corrected start date for Brick Bodkin's Pa

* Corrected end date of After Dark

* Fixed listing for What The Keen Eyes Of Artist Gruelle Saw

* Verified the beginning and syndication dates for Penmen (what a fabulous strip, by the way)

* Got a start date for Buffalo Burt, ran out of time to find the end date.

* Start and end dates for Story Of An Ambitious Man

* Found the ROP Countdown running a year later than previously known.

* SF Chronicle either did not run Bizarro from the beginning as cited in a press release as January 1985 or the press release is bogus.

* Now Society which ended its daily run in 1979 was found running in a 1985 SF Chronicle Sunday -- just a sporadic occurrence? No time to check.

* On Sale Today found still running in 1989 but since paper used it only once a week didn't pursue an end date.

* End date for Cleveland found.

* Sonny Pew started in 1981, not 1982; no time to check further in Cleveland Press.

* Determined that Danny Dumm was actually a strip adjunct to a daily sports editorial cartoon in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

* Could find no sign of Chicago Latino in the Chicago Today paper in 1972. Came home to find that my samples have disappeared from my files. Now THAT'S a mystery strip!

* Found running dates for Jack And Tyler in Deseret News -- it was there purely as a tryout strip but didn't finish its trial period because King cancelled it

* Start date for Swan Factory -- another Deseret News tryout.

* Found running dates for -- hoped that other Paradigm strips would be there in the Hartford Courant but they only ran this one (because Englehart was on staff there)

* Bumped end date of Top Of The World out by about 3 months.

* End date of Blast Blair bumped out 5 months.

* Got running dates for X-Rays.

* End date for Letter From Kids

* Cleaned up some Barney Google Sunday topper dates in 1934

* Found the end date for What A Family

* Checked August 1974-February 1975 Corpus Christi Caller for Friends and Romans that was supposedly running as a local strip then -- didn't find it.

* got start date for Intellectual Pup, searched as late as 1942, still running.

* New panel Shadow Kids found

* New end date for Glady And The Young Moderns

* Found start date for Single Slices

* Found end date for Adventures of Mary Ann

* Gave up on finding end date for Us Girls when it became extremely sporadic

* pushed out end date of True Comics by one week

* New weekly panel They Never Grow Old local in Boston Post, no time to track down start and end dates.

* End date on Boston Post's Nip And Tuck; no time to get start date.

* Fixed some dates for the NY American's strips in 1916-1917, but the microfilm is in such disarray and so much is missing that I didn't get very far.

* Went through the film of the New York Evening Journal for 1919 and 1921-1924 in order to clean up a lot of listings with missing info, found some new stuff too.

* Found 3 months of the full four page World Color Printing section in March-May 1904; although Jeffrey Lindenblatt had already found 5 months from January-May in the NY Daily News his findings there were so odd (cartoonists that never worked for WCP as far as I knew) that I figured he had to have found a combination of multiple syndicates. The three months I found in the Boston Journal, however, reconfirm his data perfectly, so we now have the full four page section all through the first half of 1904!

About Tom Isbell's Friends and Romans...
I have page B1 from the August 31, 1974 Corpus Christi Caller which features a big article on Isbell and his strip. That article states that Friends and Romans "will debut Monday in the Caller".
Another item from the Caller, this one undated, announcing the suspension of the strip pending national syndication says that the strip "has been appearing six days a week in the Caller since Sept. 2".
The March 8, 1975 issue of Editor and Publisher announcing the March 30, 1975 beginning date for syndication of the strip reads "Continental Features, Inc., of Atlanta took on syndication of the humor strip after it had been running about three weeks in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times."
I haven't found it, as a local strip, in the few issues of the evening Times of that period, and I don't have access to the morning Caller of September 1974; but I got to believe it is in there and you have overlooked it.
I thank Isbell relatives Al and Jerry, cousin and uncle respectively, for the Caller articles, and for so much more about Tom Isbell (a cousin, on his mother's side to Farrah Fawcett; maybe not a big deal now, but during the run of the strip...).

Speaking of the run of the strip, I can find the last Continental Features strip (October 2, 1976)
and the first UFS strip (October 3, 1976) but not the very last strip;
the latest I can find is January 2, 1978 - do you have an end date for that strip?
What's a ROP feature?
Hi Joshua -
Thanks for asking, and sorry about the jargon. ROP stands for Run Of Press and when used to describe a newspaper feature, whether a strip, a panel, or most anything else, it means that the feature is essentially put aside to fill a hole when doing the makeup of the paper. Thus the feature can appear most anywhere in a given day's issue, or not appear at all if there was no need to fill a hole.

Panel cartoons are often used as ROPs and when used that way there is little point in trying to track them for indexing purposes because they are often run out of order and days, weeks, or even months away from their intended publication dates.
I have an original drawing at the Library of Congress for Friends and Romans, copyright United Feature Syndicate, 1977, published January 2, 1977, in the Art Wood Collection.

Sara W. Duke
Curator,Popular & Applied Graphic Art
Prints & Photographs Division
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20540-4730
sduk at
The DeseretNews started The Nutheads on August 7, 1989.
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