Saturday, August 14, 2010


Herriman Saturday

Sunday, December 1 1907 -- Since I was able to include the article, gonna classify this one as self-explanatory.


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Thursday, August 12, 2010


Obscurity of the Day: Awful Week-Ends

Anne Harriet Sefton, nee Anne Harriet Fish, went by just "Fish" on her cartoons and illustrations. She was British and much of her work was for magazines over on that side of the pond, but her breezy clean line style was popular enough that quite a bit of her work managed to cross the Atlantic.

One of her recurrent venues was the cover of Hearst's American Weekly newspaper magazine section, for which she produced several series from 1930 to 1942. This series, Awful Week-Ends, ran from January 23 to March 13 1938. There was also a book by the same name published in 1938 -- I don't know if these covers are the same material or different, I would guess the same.

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These are amazing!
Great to find your entry on Fish ! I did a search for her 5 or so years ago and there was almost nothing about her anywhere online.
I have her 'Awful Week-Ends-and Guests' book, and as you suggest, it's straight reprints of the artwork (but in black and white thus losing the vibrancy of the colours).
Really enjoy what you are doing here - keep up the good work !
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Obscurity of the Day: Extraordinary Adventures of Joseph, James and John

D.C. Bartholomew was one of the cartoonist mainstays of the short-lived Boston Herald Sunday section in its second and third incarnations, but he wasn't featured for his ability to write a good gag, that's for sure.

In The Extraordinary Adventures of Joseph, James and John, Bartholomew sends a trio of kids out on a round-the-world adventure in episodes that often fail to make any discernible sense at all. Although Bart was a passing good cartoonist, he was hopeless at the writing end. In the second sample above, you can also see that he was no slave to continuity, either, because the three boys are now three men. Or maybe it was just a REALLY long trip, I dunno.

The series ran from December 2 1906 to April 14 1907.


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Monday, August 09, 2010


Help Wanted

Have a few blog readers looking for information. Can you help?

* Paul Karasik is searching for interview subjects who knew Ernie Bushmiller. He recently talked to Morris Weiss and is looking for others. Do you know of any surviving Bushmiller buddies?

* Steven Tabarez is trying to gauge whether there is any interest in a book of Tom "TAD" Dorgan's cartooning work of the 1900s. It would  be a self-publishing project. I reluctantly told him that though personally I'm a Tad fan and would definitely enjoy such a book that there are darn few other folks who know enough about Tad to care. Am I wrong? Gosh I'd like to think so. Here's a sample of the material he would be using:

By the way, Steven runs a way-cool blog called No Message Here that showcases all sorts of oddball items he's picked up in a lifetime of being fascinated by, apparently, just about everything under the sun. Cool stuff, check it out.

I regretfully agree with your estimation. Dorgan was an important figure in his day, but like many other important cartooning figures he's been largely forgotten.
I've seen some interesting books and documentaries that used once-popular artists and cultural phenomena as a way to view broader topics. Maybe a book on TAD could be framed as an eyewitness account of sports & fandom in his time, or a commentary on sports today (the sample could be a dry comment on the epic posturing involving the Oakland As and the San Francisco 49ers, both being wooed by other cities). While there'd be space to explore TAD and the era more generally, his sports cartoons would form the heart of the book.
You can sign ME up. I'm a fan from way back. I even have a couple of tad originals that I treasure.
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Sunday, August 08, 2010


Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics


Ha, ha, ha, "eye lash damage" - Love it!
Open the book and, just like buying and driving a car off the lot, the value is halved.
"How much,Jim?"

"Well... it's priced at $25 dollars, but for you, sir, I'll make it $20 an I'll eat the tax."

"Too much!"

"Aw, I knew you were an El-Looko-Grande!"
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