Saturday, June 01, 2013


Herriman Saturday

Tuesday, April 14 1908 -- The fleet is in!


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Friday, May 31, 2013


Sci-Friday starring Adam Chase

Adam Chase (c) renewed 2013 by Russ Morgan. All rights reserved.

Adam Chase strip #23, originally published November 6 1966. For background on the strip and creator, refer to this post.


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Thursday, May 30, 2013


Ink-Slinger Profiles: Gene McNerney

Eugene Anthony “Gene” McNerney Jr. was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 11, 1899, according to his World War I draft card and the 1900 U.S. Federal Census. In the census, he was the only child of Eugene, a letter carrier, and Margaret. They lived in Philadelphia at 1225 North 18th Street.

In 1910, they remained in Philadelphia at a different address, 3369 Ridge Avenue. He signed his World War I draft card September 12, 1918. He lived with his parents in Philadelphia at 3331 Ridge Avenue. On the line for occupation it said: “Prospective Student, University Pa.” His description was tall and slender with blue eyes and black hair.

McNerney attended the Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadlephia. The Evening Public Ledger (Pennsylvania), March 24, 1919, reported the caricature exhibition at the Academy and noted his contribution:

…By far the most popular picture for funmaking was Carles’ “Marseillaise.” One version by Eugene McNerney showed Carrie Nation rampant, arms outstretched, brandishing a hatchet over the dead body of “John Barleycorn, who died with his boots on.” This version won the third prize of a copper cent medal.

His Academy award-winning ways were noted in the Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania), June 1, 1919:

Eugene McNerney, Jr., of this city, won the Ramborger prize of $25 for the best drawing in black and white of a head from life by a pupil who has not been under instruction for over two years. The same student also was given the first Zoological prize of $30 for studies of animals in the Zoo.

Soon afterwards, he was working for a local newspaper, according to the Inquirer, July 27, 1919:

Phila. Newspaper Artists Entertained
Fine Arts Academy Officials Hosts to Party at Chester Springs

Artists on staffs of Philadelphia newspapers were entertained yesterday by the officials of the Academy of Fine Arts at the Academy’s Summer School of Art at Chester Springs. Cartoonists, illustrators, “funny” men and sports picture-makers went out on an early train and spent the day sketching, swimming in the famous quarry pool, playing tennis and sampling the mineral springs.

Among those who went were: …Eugene McNerney…

The 1920 census recorded him, a newspaper artist, and his parents in Philadelphia at 3254 Ridge Avenue. He was the drawing instructor at the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Marriage Index, 1885-1951, at, said he married Anne Devine in 1923. Evidently he moved to the East Coast to be closer to the New York City publishers. The Westport, Connecticut, City Directory 1927 listed him on East Meadow Road. He was a contributor to the New Yorker magazine.

In the next census he, his wife and daughter, Nora, remained in Westport on East Meadow Lane. He was an illustrator. His drawing of “The American Flapper” appeared in Scribner’s Magazine, January 1937.

McNerney has not been found in the 1940 census. He may have resided in Chicago for a period of time, when he produced Kit Cabot for the Chicago Tribune Comic Book; the strip ran from June 8, 1941 to April 26, 1942.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Marine Corps from 1942 to 1945; starting as a private and finishing as a captain. The San Diego (California) City Directory, 1943, said he resided at 612 Prospect, during his service. He continued with the Marine Corps Officers Volunteer Reserve and attained the rank of major, according to the U.S. Marine Corps Muster Rolls, 1798-1958, at The Marine Corps Reserve: A History (1966) acknowledged his work.

McNerney passed away December 25, 1980, according to the California, Death Index. The Social Security Death Index said his last residence was Huntington Beach, California.


I have just left a meeting with a retired USMC officer and the daughter of Gene McNerney to discuss his service in the USMC with General Holland Smith and the art work and writings her father produced during his time with General Smith. As a result I started to roam about for further information about McNerney and found your blog. A lovely coincidence!
I know this is late, but I have a drawing signed "E. MCNERNEY JR Capt USMC / 44 with s brief note to my grandfather. My email address is for information on this drawing.

Greg Stahl
Gene was my great-grandfather! My dad's mom's father. It's fun to read this, and to see that someone is interested in his life and art outside of our family :) Thank you!

Gene was my grandfather, all hid drawings from his USMC years have been donated to the Marine corp museum in DC. Mostly sketches of the horrors of Tarawa Betio atoll. His comment on the action was “ incredibly intense 3 days” mostly of gut wrenching stress.
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013


The Chicago Tribune Comic Book: Kit Cabot

Kit Cabot may not have had the makings of the next blockbuster hit, but I'm sure intrigued and wish it had stuck around awhile. I ask you -- how can you go wrong by making your lovely heroine an artist who undresses on panel at least once per week?

Kit Cabot was added to the Chicago Tribune Comic Book section on June 8 1941. At first it might have seemed an odd choice, because the strip has a lot in common with Brenda Starr, with which it shared space in the Comic Book section. Both were strong female 'working girl' characters, and both always seems to have a moment to peel down to their skivvies in the middle of the action. However, after three weeks sharing space, Brenda was graduated from the Comic Book section into the regular comic section, making it obvious that Kit Cabot had been intended as her replacement here in the Comic Book when the elder strip went on to bigger and better things.

However, Kit Cabot didn't last long. The strip was dropped from the Comic Book on April 26 1942, less than a year later, when the section was downsized from 24 to 16 pages. Ah, all the undergarments we never got to see...

The strip was penned by someone named Gene McNerney, a name that means little to me. All I know is that he (?) also tried syndicating a couple features through the elusive Watkins Syndicate, neither of which have ever turned up in my research.

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gene mcnerney was my grandfather -a cartoonist for teh new yoprker and illustrator
Eugene McNerney was my father. To clarify a few things. He drew for the New York Daily News for many years, as well as the Saturday Evening Post, Ladies Home Journal,Colliers,the Trib,etc. Before joining the USMC the McNerney family moved to New Hope PA. We never lived in Chicago. His strip was syndicated out of Chicago. He joined the USMC as a Captain assigned to General Holland Smith's staff as a combat artist and served in the South Pacific.
He left the Marina Corps as a Major. Upon leaving the Marine Corps he went to work as a sketch artist for 20th Century Fox and Columbia. Upon his retirement he moved to Huntington Beach CA and for a few years taught art at Orange Coast College, as well as giving art lessons. Many of his portraits of Marine Generals are housed at the Marine Base in San Diego. Fo He was a painter as well as an illustrator and cartoonist.For further information: my email is
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Ink-Slinger Profiles: C.C. Cooper

Carlisle Carlton Cooper, Jr. was born in Alabama on September 6, 1919. His birth date was found at a public record at, and his World War II enlistment record had the birth state.

In the 1920 U.S. Federal Census, he was the only child of Carlisle and Mazie. His father was a dry goods traveling salesman. They lived in Andalusia, Alabama on Riley Rankin Street.

Ten years later, he, his parents and brother, James, resided in Charlotte, North Carolina at 1304 Harding Place. He attended Central High School and, in his senior year (top photo), contributed art to his yearbook, Snips and Cuts 1937.

The Trenton Times Advertiser (New Jersey), December 26, 1937, carried the supplement, Parade of Youth, which published Cooper’s article on his career goal.

‘I Aim to Be—’

A Cartoonist.

Why? There are several reasons. First, I enjoy cartooning more than anything else I have ever done; second, it pays well and is one of the best fields of self-expression in the business world. I keep these facts in mind all the time.

I have always been interested in drawing—cartooning was a development of that interest. In the first grade I learned that I liked to draw. Since, I have been drawing, drawing and drawing! I have averaged at least one picture a day during school months. I am 17 now.

About four years ago I took a correspondence course in cartooning. The course soon made me see that my drawings were very crude. I had never known the many little tricks that give a drawing a professional appearance.

Those lessons opened a new field of thought to me. I realized my work must improve and began studying in earnest. I am now taking another correspondence course and learning new things. In the last year four of my cartoons have been published and I have won various prizes for other work.

A cartoonist must remember that it’s the idea that counts most of all. He must keep practicing: it’s the only way to improve. He must never be satisfied with his work, but continually strive for better ideas ad drawings.

I live at 1348 Harding place, Charlotte, N.C.

The Fillmore Gazette, June 11, 2012, said Cooper “…was an avid drawer of adventure figures from a young age.” After high school he attended Duke University. Hill’s Charlotte City Directory 1938 listed him, as a student, and his parents at 1348 Harding Place. Their address in the 1939 directory was 211 E Park Avenue. His father passed away July 9, 1939.

The 1940 census, which was enumerated in April, recorded Cooper, his mother and brother in Andalusia, Alabama at 402 Smith Street. His mother was an artist working on a Works Progress Administration project. Having completed four years of college, he moved to Chicago, according to the Gazette, to study cartooning at the Academy of Fine Arts.

On October 27, 1940 his comic strip, Fighting with Daniel Boone, debuted in the Chicago Tribune Comic Book. It ended May 9, 1943. The Press-Courier (Oxnard, California), January 25, 1981, said he “…had to give it up hen he was stationed in England during world War II.” He had enlisted in the army August 5, 1942, according to After his discharge in 1945, the Gazette said:

…Cooper studied nights and weekends at the American Academy of Art (Chicago) where he met teacher William Mosby. Carlisle suggests that had it not been for Mosby, a graduate of Brussels Academy of Fine Art, he would have never realized his own talent as a painter….

Cooper later received his master’s degree in art education at the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied under Isobel McKinnon [sic] Rupprecht and Edgar Rupprecht, original students and sponsors of Hans Hoffman, as well as Boris Anisfeld, internationally known Russian painter and former set-designer for the Metropolitan Opera House, New York.

Polk’s Glendale (California) City Directory 1951 listed him at 1227 North Brand Boulevard. The Press-Courier said he returned to Chicago and, in 1959, moved to Seattle. There, he married Brigitte Dehmelt, a dancer, on May 28, 1960, as reported in the Seattle Times, May 29. After their wedding trip to San Juan Islands and British Columbia, they settled in Seattle. 

The Press-Courier said they moved, in September 1963, to Ventura, California, where he accepted a teaching position at Ventura College (see photo below).

He retired from teaching in 2011 and continued to paint at home.

Cooper passed away on September 11, 2013. He was laid to rest at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park. 


C. C. Cooper passed away on September 6, 2013.
C.C.Cooper passed away on September 11, 2013; September 6 was his birth day.
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Monday, May 27, 2013


The Chicago Tribune Comic Book: Fighting with Daniel Boone

A quasi-historical imagining of Daniel Boone's adventures in founding the town of Boonesboro/Boonesborogh/Fort Boone, this feature was by C.C. (Carlisle) Cooper. Although the strip is quite good and consistently entertaining, it suffers from excellent but cartoony art that just isn't appropriate for a blood-and-thunder adventure strip like this.  There's also the matter of the name, which it seems to me implies that the strip is actually told from the viewpoint of Boone's adversaries. Although that concept might have some merit for being out of the ordinary, in fact the badly worded name was meant to indicate that the strip was about those who fought alongside Boone.

In the early strips, Boone's partners are a couple of hunters cum sidekicks named Bear-Dog and Pierre Perue. Later, the focus shifts to Boone's young friend Catfish (seen in the samples above), who periodically elbows Boone out of his own strip. It's all good fun, with just enough historical accuracy to keep the historians from taking up arms against the cartoonist.

Fighting with Daniel Boone debuted on October 27 1940, and ran about a month past the end of the Comic Book itself, ending on May 9 1943. As far as I know, this is Cooper's only newspaper cartooning credit, and that's a shame as it seems to me he would have been really good handling the art on a humor strip.

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Still alive as of a couple years ago,
when he listed his favorite comic strip as Fighting with Daniel Boone.
Looks like the link to C. C. Cooper is now dead, probably needs to be linked to the Wayback Machine page.

D.D. was correct when he wrote it, but Cooper would pass away only a few months later on September 11, 2013.

my best
-Ray Bottorff Jr
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Sunday, May 26, 2013


Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics


So true. I agree about helping individuals... or even local charities.

Yesterday Doralya and I saw a guy on a street corner in our end of town. He was holding up a sign with 3 small children on it. The sign said that they were his kids and all were homeless and the kids were hungry and scared. Doralya said he does the same thing by her work which is way on the other end of town. The man was well dressed and clean. She said that others at her work had seen him doing the same thing in various parts of town for some time now.

Compare that to a person that is not asking for a handout, but could truly use one. Who do you think I will give a few bucks to or buy them a meal?
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