Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Biography of R.J. Scott by Alex Jay
Roland J. Scott's humorous art appeared frequently in The Indianapolis Sentinel in the early 1900's. Not only did he draw front-page political cartoons, but he also frequently tried his hand at humorous sketches of the various sporting events of that day in the Hoosier capital On Sundays, the Sentinel featured his comic strip, Mr. Lose Out.
He studied with George Frink, staff artist of The Chicago Daily News. Early in his career he was employed by the Indiana Illustrating Company for a year. Following that, he worked briefly for The Anderson Herald and the Chicago Daily News before coming to the Sentinel.
Roland Jack Scott (1886-1968), professionally known as R. J. Scott, was an American cartoonist and creator of the comic strips Scott's Scrap Book and Sally's Sallies.
Originally from Indianapolis, Scott began his cartooning career with the Indianapolis Star circa 1900. In 1921 he made his way west to Phoenix where he worked as a cartoonist for The Arizona Republican (later renamed The Arizona Republic). After stints with papers in New York and Cleveland, Scott eventually signed with King Features Syndicate in 1931. He returned to Arizona the following year where he remained producing his syndicated panels until his retirement in July of 1967. R. J. Scott died April 4, 1968 at the age of 81.
- Sally's Sallies actually started a bit earlier, on March 1 1926.
- I did not know that Just Among Us Girls started as an illustrated column -- it outlasted Ms. Kenney's text contribution and became a regular panel cartoon under the helm of Paul Robinson.
- Has anyone seen this Mr. Lose Out feature in the Indianapolis Sentinel?
Thanks for the posting on R.J. Scott. He's a cartoonist I've really wondered about. Now I have a lot more of his story.
I have a poor copy of Mr. Lose-Out, made from a microfilm of the Indianapolis Sentinel. From the title and the one example I have of the strip, I would guess that Mr. Lose-Out was one of those one-joke strips from the early days of comics. I can send you a copy if you suggest a way.
Most copies made from microfilm are pretty horrific, so I'm prepared for the worst. I would very much like an example -- can you scan, or is snail mail more your style? Of course I'd be happy to reimburse your expenses. You can contact me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org to iron out the details.
When you made the microfilm copy, did you determine that the strip was indeed part of a regular series? Did you determine the start and end dates?