Saturday, December 27, 2008


Herriman Saturday

Tuesday, May 28 1907 -- As best I can figure out, boxing promoter Jim Coffroth is doing everything possible to reassure the public of a fair fight on July 4 between Tommy Burns and Bill Squires. A recent match in San Francisco had been revealed to be a scam and Frisco politicians were grumbling about making the events illegal there. Apparently Coffroth, trying to give the impression of angelic innocence all around, has vowed not to have a drink until the fight has come off. What that has to do with throwing a fight I have no idea.

Wednesday, May 29 1907 -- Slightly over-the-hill fighters Marvin Hart and Mike Schreck are to box at Tonopah Nevada tomorrow, and promoter Jack Curley is billing it as the greatest fight ever staged at that popular venue. The boxing world collectively heaves a yawn over the news.


in case in needs to be said again from time to time.
You are doing us a rare favor of showing this stuff that I always presumed I would never see.
thank you.

--Eddie Campbell
Thanks Eddie. It is good to get affirmation occasionally that readers still want to see this stuff. Right now the microfilm photocopies are in bad shape needing a lot of work to be presentable, and I do find myself wondering if the effort is appreciated since there's few comments on the posts.

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Friday, December 26, 2008


Obscurity of the Day: Adam and Eve

Hope y'all had a merry Christmas, a happy Hanukkah, a fine Festivus, and today's entry in the holiday sweepstakes, a joyous Kwanzaa. Not to mention a blissful Boxing Day. Me, I'm still in abject pain from eating waaaay too much smoked turkey and fixins'. I'm in no shape to celebrate anything that doesn't include a ritual of laying around moaning and clutching a stomach in which I can still discern the shapes of various parts of the holiday meal.

T.S. Allen was one of the most prolific contributors to the Hearst dailies at the turn of the century (the 20th, that is). In addition to his ubiquitous urban kid cartoons he did a number of other series. One of the more memorable was Adam and Eve, a long series of single panel cartoons about a family of antediluvians with the unique pedigree of having previously held a starring role in Genesis.

The series never had a consistent title, so I assigned this as the official one for Stripper's Guide. Other perfectly reasonable contenders would be Adam's Family or In The Garden of Eden, both of which occasionally headlined the panels.

The series, which appeared sporadically, began in the New York Evening Journal on August 17 1898 and finally petered out in 1902. Although I indexed the Journal, the microfilm was incomplete and I was unable to assign a definitive end date. The characters also appeared in a Sunday version, and were later revived in another series, but we'll cover those appearances in separate posts one of these days.

A tip of the hat to Cole Johnson who provided these samples, all from March 1901. The microfilm of the Journal is so awful that I saved no samples, at least none worthy of reproduction here, so these samples scanned from Cole's cache of San Francisco Examiners are greatly appreciated.


Thomas Samuel Allen?
Timothy Stephen Allen?
Theodore Simon Alvin, uh, Allen?
Good question, DD. He just went by T.S., and a cursory look through the standard histories doesn't elaborate (the few that deign to even mention him, that is). I don't find a bio or obit in my file folders either.

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Thursday, December 25, 2008


Merry Christmas from Stripper's Guide

For those of you who didn't get my snail mail Christmas card, here are the images that adorned this year's yuletide greetings. The outside is a Percy - Brains He Has Nix strip from Christmas 1911, the inside is Cole Johnson's delightful work as a counterpoint on the robot theme. I shamelessly stole this image from Cole's card to me from 2007.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008


The Quints' Christmas -- Day 7

The End

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008


The Quints' Christmas -- Day 6

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Monday, December 22, 2008


The Quints' Christmas -- Day 5

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Sunday, December 21, 2008


Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics

Jim Ivey's new book, Graphic Shorthand, is available from for $19.95 plus shipping, or you can order direct from Ivey for $25 postpaid. Jim Ivey teaches the fundamentals of cartooning in his own inimitable style. The book is 128 pages, coil-bound. Send your order to:

Jim Ivey
5840 Dahlia Dr. #7
Orlando FL 32807

Also still available, Jim Ivey's career retrospective Cartoons I Liked, available on or direct from Jim Ivey for $20 postpaid. When ordered from Ivey direct, either book will include an original Ivey sketch.


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