Saturday, November 05, 2011
Meanwhile Henry Berry, owner of the LA Angels, is on the warpath after some anonymous wag claims that he wears a weasel-skin hat.
Labels: Herriman's LA Examiner Cartoons
Friday, November 04, 2011
Ink-Slinger Profiles: Russell Patterson
Who Was Who in America with World Notables (1981) named his parents, William Francis and Kathleen, and said he was a student at St. Patricks School in Montreal, Canada. In Comic Art in America (1959) Stephen D. Becker said Patterson's father:
…would not pay for art courses, but would support his son in the study of architecture. The result was one year at McGill University; Patterson had to leave and go out on his own when a hotel owned by his father burned to the ground. He got a job promptly, taking ads over the counter for the Montreal Star. A staff artist tipped him off to an opening in the sports department with a new weekly, The Standard. Patterson got the job, and was fired almost immediately for turning in too much material and managing to get it printed under the noses of the editors. Patterson took his work to one of the city's French newspapers, La Patrie. They liked it and offered him seventeen dollars a week. As a staffer he did a strip in French called Pierre et Pierrette….
In 1914 he moved to Chicago. Who Was Who said Patterson was a student at the Fine Arts Academy, and Art Institute. He signed his World War I draft card on June 5, 1917. He was a self-employed artist at "1517 North American Building", and named his mother and an aunt as his nearest relatives. According to the card, he served in the Canadian military for three years with the rank of corporal in the artillery. His description was medium height and build with blue eyes and brown hair. Who Was Who said he "served in Royal Canadian Air Force." Comic Art in America said, "After an abortive attempt to join the Canadian Army in 1914—his father and brother went overseas with the first Canadian troops—Patterson went to Chicago, arriving with eight dollars…."
He married Constance Burke in 1918, according to Who Was Who. However, the Missouri Marriage Records at Ancestry.com recorded their marriage in Jackson County on June 28, 1919. On the application her name was "Mary C. Burke" and the same age, 26, as Patterson. (Actually, he was 25 at the time. A "Constance Burk" was found in the 1900 census and her birth date was recorded as "Oct 1891".)
Advertising Arts & Crafts (1926) had this address and telephone listing, "Patterson, Russell, 22 West 49th, Bry 5976". His Runaway Ruth was published in 1929.
The 1930 census recorded Patterson, his wife and daughter Elinor in Manhattan, New York City at 2 West 67 Street. His occupation was artist. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported his financial troubles on June 2, 1935.
Seventeen of the 129 creditors listed were doctors. The largest individual debt was a judgment for $3,532 held by Gates & Morand, Inc., 220 W. 42d St., Manhattan, on a note issued to Ballyhoo Productions, Inc. Patterson was one of five endorsers of the note.
Ballyhoo was a humor magazine -- apparently Patterson had a stake in it.
In the early 1930s Patterson offered advice to a young E. Simms Campbell. Patterson designed sets and costumes for Fox and Paramount Pictures, including "The Gang's All Here," 1931, "Hold Your Horses," 1933, and "Fools Rush In," 1934. He designed Shirley Temple's wardroom in her first picture, "Baby Takes a Bow". He also did sets and costumes for Florenz Ziegfeld's "Follies" and George White's 'Scandals". His work with marionettes was featured in Popular Science (October 1937), and Popular Mechanics (April 1938). Interest in Patterson's marionettes was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) on November 2, 1937.
The date of his divorce from Constance is not known. Who Was Who said his second marriage was to Ruth Cleary, a pianist, on August 13, 1938; later, they had a daughter, Russelle. He was one of ten cartoonists and illustrators featured in a Schlitz beer ad published in Life on March 27, 1939.
Comic Art in America said
In 1940 I.J. Fox asked him to design that season's coats; later Macy's called, and he did Christmas-toy windows for five years. Again, he had all the advertising work he could handle. Even the war was no deterrent to him: he designed the WAC [Women's Army Corps] uniforms. He did the interior work on fifteen trains for the Western Pacific; he designed hotel lobbies, decorated restaurants, and in his spare time did a few Sunday pages for metropolitan newspapers, a chore he dropped in 1956.
Labels: Ink-Slinger Profiles
The snipe mentions Macy's window work in 1939.
My name is Theresa and I have in my possession a framed napkin, original artwork done in watercolor by Russell Patterson to Actress/Singer/entertainer Lillian Roth stating" Thanks for the Notice at the Banshee Lunch...Russell Patterson"
I live in Florida
Thursday, November 03, 2011
Obscurity of the Day: Wings of Love
Wings of Love ran from November 3 1929 to February 9 1930, and was syndicated by Hearst's International Feature Syndicate arm.
Thanks to Cole Johnson for the second sample above.
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Obscurity of the Day: Mister Batch
In the New York American the strip ran pretty regularly through the beginning of March, but then only five more times through the end date. I suspect that the strip was produced much more often than that, but only ran in syndication. The Hearst bullpen was really cranking out product at this time and the American and Journal just didn't have enough room for it anymore. This was basically the beginning of a trend that would snowball in coming years, for syndicate flagship papers to run only a limited selection of the syndicate's output.
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Ink-Slinger Profiles: Irv Tirman
In the 1920 census, Tirman was the oldest of three sons. The family lived in Scranton, Pennsylvania at 1306 Capouse Avenue. In 1930, the family of five lived in Brooklyn at Flatbush Court, 2069 Nostrand Avenue. Information on his art training has not been found.
Tirman's comic strip, Nappy, was distributed, in 1939, by Lincoln Newspaper Features. It began in the Cayuga Chief (Weedsport, New York) on October 13, 1939 (see below).
Below, a selection of strips published in Fords Beacon (New Jersey): #354, April 3, 1942; #388 and 389, June 12, 1942.
Lambiek said he worked as a comic book artist during the 1940s. The Grand Comics Database has a list of his comic book credits. The U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, at Ancestry.com, recorded his enlistment on March 24, 1944. He had four years of high school and was a widower with dependents.
The Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office, Volume 634, Issues 3-4, 1951 recorded this entry:
Tirman, Irving, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Sheeshkebab sandwiches and shashlik sandwiches. Serial No. 594816, Feb. 27. Class 46.
According to Lambiek and other sources, his strip, Melvin, was published in 1953. (However, in E&P, March 7, 1953, the strip was to be syndicated by Editors Syndicate, a very small outfit. The strip was offered, but was not cited as running yet, which typically means they were still fishing for clients. Since Editors Syndicate did submit listings to the Syndicate Directory, and Melvin did not make it into the 1953 book, that means it was presumably a dead issue. --Allan) Tirman passed away on August 2, 1965, according to U.S. Veterans Gravesites. He was buried at the Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale, N.Y.
Labels: Ink-Slinger Profiles
Monday, October 31, 2011
Happy Halloween from Stripper's Guide
The first major Black character in the comics was in Cartoonist Lee Falk's adventure comic strip Mandrake the Magician, which featured the African supporting character Lothar from its 1934 debut on.
I think Sambo deserves some recognition as one of the early OG. He got over on those bullies more then he didn't and he was featured in a lot of Newspapers to boot.
Lothar in Mandrake was far, far, far from being the first black characters in comics. What Lothar might be able to claim is to be the first black character in comics running in white-run newspapers that was not portrayed primarily as a negative stereotype.
Although running around in a leopard skin, wearing a fez and speaking broken English make even that a highly questionable claim.
The Detroit News Tribune
San Francisco Chronicle
Indianapolis Sunday Star
The Sunday Star (DC)
Galveston Daily News
Tacoma Sunday Ledger
The Boston Sunday Post
There's so little information on these early comic strips. Don't know why the Golden Age of comics gets all the glory while neglecting all the beautiful full page work done before it. I'm glad to have found your website.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics
Labels: Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics