Saturday, December 06, 2014


Herriman Saturday

Friday, September 4 1908 -- The Democrat's state political convention in Stockton convenes; the only really inflammatory item on the agenda is an accusation of bad management against committeeman Nathan Cole. However, the tempest is averted by a committee convening hours before the main convention allotting some of his powers to a suite of three delegates, which seems to make all sides happy.


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Friday, December 05, 2014


Sci-Friday starring Connie

 Connie, June 20 1937, courtesy of Cole Johnson. 
Follow the Connie story every Friday here on Stripper's Guide.


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Thursday, December 04, 2014


A Trove of Specialty Drawings, Part 4 of 4

Please see Monday's post for the story behind this large collection of cartoonist specialty drawings. On day four, we're finishing up with entries from the adventure and story strip cartoonists:

Harold Foster contributes his standard fan art image of Prince Valiant

Ham Fisher's Joe Palooka

V.T. Hamlin contributes a great Alley Oop strip; don't know if this was used elsewhere

Harold Gray's Little Orphan Annie

Burne Hogarth's Tarzan

The Steve Roper cast by Allen Saunders and Elmer Woggon

Pagan Lee from Alex Raymond's Rip Kirby

Alfred Andriola's babes from Kerry Drake

Milton Caniff goes all out with thoughtful special art for the occasion

Chester Gould offers a standard piece of Dick Tracy specialty art, but adds some quick sketches

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Wednesday, December 03, 2014


A Trove of Specialty Drawings, Part 3 of 4

Please see Mondays post for the story behind this large collection of cartoonist specialty drawings. On day three, we continue with more humor cartoonists:

A glorious drawing of the Bringing Up Father gang by George McManus

Believe it or not, both Katzenjammer Kids/Captain and the Kids cartoonists, Rudolph Dirks and Harold H. Knerr, appeared in the booklet

Edwina Dumm's Cap Stubbs and Tippie

The cast of Jimmy Murphy's Toots and Casper

Paul Webb's Mountain Boys

R.B. Fuller's Oaky Doaks

Crockett Johnson's Mr. O'Malley from Barnaby

Donald and Mickey from Walt Disney Productions (Disney expert Alberto Becattini says the artist is Hank Porter)

Dudley Fisher's Myrtle
Fontaine Fox's skipper from Toonerville Folks

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Cartoonists seem to have a tradition of doing things like this. I recall many strips doing each others' characters once. They all know each other and have a great camaraderie.
I'm amazed that so many of these strips were already ancient in 1949! And has any strip ever been more beautifully drawn than "Bringing Up Father"?
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Tuesday, December 02, 2014


A Trove of Specialty Drawings, Part 2 of 4

Please see yesterday's post for the story behind this large collection of cartoonist specialty drawings. On day two, we'll dip into the humor cartoonists:

Walter Berndt, creator of Smitty and his little brother Herby

Bill Dyer (one of the few actual alumni to appear in the booklet) and Patsy from The Adventures of Patsy

Bill Holman and his creation, Smokey Stover

Bud Fisher and his creation, Mutt and Jeff (art presumably ghosted by Al Smith)

Ernie Bushmiller and his creation, Nancy

Carl Anderson's Henry; Carl was dead before the booklet saw print

Chic Young's Blondie

Clifford McBride's Napoleon, with a one-size-fits-all gag

McEvoy and Striebel's Dixie Dugan offers some unfortunate stereotypical mushmouth vernacular

Lank Leonard's creation, Mickey Finn

Cliff Sterrett's Polly and her Pals

Martin Branner's Denny Dimwit from Winnie Winkle

Great stuff!
Re: Dixie Dugan strip.... the black man looks 'human' at least. Times changing....
I agree. At least he's looks human. 'Looks like they were trying to have it both ways here. During the '40s, the NAACP started to make noise about the depiction of African-Americans and Africans in the media.
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Monday, December 01, 2014


A Trove of Specialty Drawings, Part 1 of 4

As the fellow who has been entrusted with most of Jim Ivey's cartooning files, I could easily spend a year going through all those musty (and cigar smoke-filled) files and still not check out everything. In a recent spate of cleaning up, I came across this pamphlet, one I've filed and refiled a half-dozen or so different times over the years without even taking the time to look inside:

Finally I wondered why Jim had held onto this unassuming little publication from Washington and Lee University, whose subject was to give itself a hearty pat on the back for making it to 200 years of age. On paging through, I saw that there were congratulatory drawings from cartoonists. As I continued paging, they just kept coming. By the time I had looked through the whole booklet, I realized that more than half of the publication consisted of full page drawings from famous cartoonists!

Why the devil, I wondered, was Washington and Lee University so crazy for cartoonists? I eventually found my answer on this page:

Oh ho! Art Wood, perhaps the most devoted cartoon art collector who ever was, was in charge of this little pamphlet! No further explanation necessary. Gee, I wonder how many of the originals ended up in his collection?

The possible mercenary motives of Art Wood notwithstanding, he sure did bring together a real who's who of cartooning for this publication. Although many cartoonists tend to slough off requests like this with a standard page of printed art, accompanied by a quickly jotted 'hail and fare thee well', Art must have really applied the pressure. He got a lot of really nice original creations, with only an occasional standard piece of fan giveaway art mixed in.

Let's start off today with the editorial cartoonists, who were lightly represented. Which isn't a bad thing, because though they went to the trouble of producing special art, most ended up flogging pretty much the same idea. Tomorrow we'll start in on the strip folks:

Tom Little, editorial cartoonist and creator of the daily panel Sunflower Street

The great editorial cartoonist of the Washington Star, Clifford Berryman, who helped to popularize the Teddy bear

Edwin Marcus, editorial cartoonist of the New York Times

Fred O. Seibel, distinguished cartoonist of the Richmond Times-Dispatch

Joseph Parrish, editorial cartoonist of the Chicago Tribune

George Scarbo, NEA staff cartoonist and creator of The Comic Zoo

I wonder what Tom Little's cartoon meant in its time. In 1949, Washington & Lee University didn't have any black or female alumni. Whatever kind of bigotry he saw the university as defeating, I would like to know.
As you might have expected, many of the original drawings that were published in this pamphlet are in the Art Wood Collection of Cartoon and Caricature at the Library of Congress (not yet digitized for online access). Wood began collecting original cartoon art before he graduated from high school.
Sara Duke, Curator of Popular & Applied Graphic Art, Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress.
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Sunday, November 30, 2014


Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics


Classic story! More, please!
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