Saturday, March 28, 2015


Herriman Saturday

Saturday, September 19 1908 --The LA Examiner continues to beat the drum against Patterson, Eldridge and Wilson, the so-called "Solid Three" who are the chief engineers in a bond-fixing scandal.


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Friday, March 27, 2015


Sci-Friday starring Connie

Connie, August 28 1938, courtesy of Cole Johnson. 
Follow the Connie story every Friday here on Stripper's Guide.

This is the final sci-fi Connie story we have available from Cole Johnson. If anyone out there can contribute scans of another complete Connie story (later than 3/26/1939), or can offer another sci-fi strip to take its place on Sci-Fridays, I'd be delighted and grateful to hear from you! Note that we elitists at Stripper's Guide do not generally use digital microfilm material here on Stripper's Guide, so we would need sharp 300-600 dpi scans from newspaper tearsheets or syndicate proofs. 


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Thursday, March 26, 2015


Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: Tap Goodenough

Mason Tappan “Tap” Goodenough was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on March 31, 1910, according to the Massachusetts birth records at Tappan was his mother’s maiden name.

In the 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Goodenough was barely three weeks old when the census was enumerated. He was the only child of Harold and Helen. He, his parents and maternal grandmother resided in Boston at 120 Foster Street. Goodenough would live there into the 1930s.

The Boston Herald, January 17, 1926, named the honor roll students, including Goodenough, at Huntington High School. The school swim team was pictured in the Herald, January 27, 1928. Goodenough was the manager and already known by his nickname, Tap.

Information regarding his art training has not been found. A 1930 Boston city directory listed Goodenough as a cartoonist. The following year’s listing said he was in the art department at “5 Winthrop Sq”, which was the address of the Boston American newspaper.

The General Features Syndicate syndicated a number of strips in 1937. Among them was The Sports Parade which was copyrighted by Chuck Thorndike. Editor & Publisher syndicate directories have these credits for The Sports Parade: Tap Goodenough in 1937 and 1938; Tap Goodnuff in 1939; Taper Tapper in 1940; and S.C. Begg in 1942. Apparently Goodenough produced the strip for the first three or four years.

Goodenough also continued George Brenner’s Bing and His Buddies


In 1939, Goodenough resided at 35 Pinckney Street and was an artist at “Amer-Rec-Adv”.

Goodenough’s address was the same in the 1940 census which said he was a newspaper artist. The New Hampshire Marriage Records, at, recorded the marriage of Goodenough and Viola Rennert on December 28, 1940, in Franconia. In 1942, Goodenough lived at 41 Revere in Boston and continued as an artist with the same employer.

In addition to artwork, Goodenough was also writing a column. The Portsmouth Herald (New Hampshire), July 6, 1942, reported the new publication, The New England Outdoor Editor, that had “…a masthead…from a sketch by ‘Tap’ Goodenough, Boston American artist-columnist.”

During World War II, Goodenough enlisted in the army on February 19, 1943. While the 1943 directory said he was an artist, the Herald, February 12, 1943, referred to him as “Boston ski columnist”. Subsequent directories listed his occupation as reporter.

Richard Shaughnessy and Goodenough were co-authors of Skeet and Trapshooting (1950).

The Bennington Banner (Vermont), March 7, 1972, called Goodenough “the dean of American ski writers.”

The Herald, June 28, 1975, reported the death of Goodenough’s mother and said she was survived by her son “…of Yarmouth Port, a former sportswriter for the Boston Record-American and the present outdoor editor for the Quincy Patriot Ledger of Quincy”.

Goodenough passed away October 5,1992, in Bedford, Massachusetts, according to the Massachusetts Death Index.

—Alex Jay


Its pretty obvious, based on their styles posted here and elsewhere, that Goodenough trained under Chuck Thorndike, who you profiled here last June 17th.
Everything I find on Goodenough tells me he seldom, if ever, left New England, so its likely Thorndike taught a class in Boston, or Tap went to Silvermine Connecticut in 1935 or earlier. I'm ruling out just book learning since Chuck gained a copyright on one strip.
Why or how he inherited Brenner's gig is curious. Maybe this whole syndicate is the result of a class project :)
More later today on Goodenough's family and career that I pulled earlier.
If I may, here’s some of his other career sidelines for this Jack-of-all-Trades to add to your awesome research:
Newspaper articles have him in Huntington High School at least from January 17, 1926 to 03/03/1929, so he graduated at 19. During this time, and earlier, besides making the honor roll and being on the swim team, as you note, he won a marksman medal at Camp Skylark in Billerica (08/30/1925), provided a character sketch at a talent 'contest' the Brighton Men's Club (03/18/1926), won $5 at school for the essay"Why I Want to Go To College" (03/27/1927 and was chosen to compete in the finals of a speaking contest at school (03/03/1929).
He was first called as a cartoonist in 1930 and in 1931 in the art department of the Boston American.
He’s listed as an employee, primarily an artist, with the Boston American (or Record-American) consistently from 03/13/1932 through 1942, as you note, with a few sideline jobs, including having the first ski cartoon used in The Ski Bulletin, March 23, 1934, in addition to the work he did for The New England Outdoor Editor [as you say].
His Army career is simply awesome! He began with the 87th Mountain Regiment, a ski unit, at Ft Lewis, Washington, and they moved to Camp Hale, CO, in 1942, after which staged a non-landing (??) on Kiska Island in the Aleutians that was abandoned by the Japanese a month earlier. They then returned to Camp Hale and in 1944 were sent to the desert [!!!] at Camp Swift. Texas. And InJanuary, 1945 they were accepted into the 5th Army and became the 10th Mountain Division. In February, they helped flush the Nazis out of The Appenies in Italy.
After the war he is primarily a reporter for the Boston American from 1946 to at least 1959, but he also had a 15 minute radio show on Wednesdays at 6:45PM on WNAC from 01/15/1947 to 04/02/1947 and directed plays for Scituate's Children's Theatre and the Cohasset Dramatic Club and the South Shore Theatre.
He was isted with the Quincy Ledger from at least 1962 to 1977, and at Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce in 1981, though he was reired in 1978.
Along the way he did special reports on golf for the Boston Globe(02/24/1978), fishing for The Hartford Courant (10/08/1978) and a contributing editor (pictures and text) for Skier Magazine (1969).
And there’s a 1950 photo of him on eBay --
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: George Brenner

George Edward Brenner was born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 9, 1908, according to a death notice posted on the RootsWeb message board. Brenner’s birth information was also found in the New York, New York Birth Index at

In the 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Brenner was the oldest of two sons born to Walter and Catherine. His father was sheet-metal worker at a cornice maker. The family resided in Brooklyn at 625 60th Street.

Brenner has not yet been found in the 1920 census. The 1925 New York state census recorded the Brenner family of five in Brooklyn at 959 Franklin Avenue. The census enumerator noted that Brenner attended Alexander Hamilton High School which trained and graduated many art students.

The Brenners home in the 1930 census was 2062 East 29 Street, Brooklyn. Brenner’s father passed away September 19, 1933, as noted in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, September 20. The New York, New York Death Index, at, has a Catherine Brenner who passed away March 29, 1945, in Brooklyn.

Who’s Who of American Comic Books 1928–1999 said Brenner’s earliest work appeared in 1936. He produced Biff an’ His Pals which appeared in editor Jerry Iger’s Wow, What a Magazine!. When the magazine folded, after four issues, that year, Brenner joined Iger’s studio which was a partnership with Will Eisner. Brenner’s stay was brief.

Brenner copyrighted his comic strip, Bing and His Buddies, which was listed in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 1, Group 2, Pamphlets, Etc. 1936 New Series, Volume 33, Number 8. Below is the entry:
Brenner ([Edward]) Bing and his buddies. © July 23, 1936; A 74649; General features syndicate, Inc., New York. 28159
The strip was published in the weekly Hastings News (Hastings on the Hudson, New York) from March 19, 1937 into 1938. Some strips had Brenner’s byline and a few were signed. His strips appeared from July 2 to November 26, 1937, and on January 28, 1938. I believe Brenner produced just one month of strips.



The syndicate found another artist to continue the strip. The artist was Tap Goodenough, who drew the Sports Parade; his profile appears tomorrow.

According to the 1940 census, Brenner was married to Grace and had a two-year-old son, John. He owned his parent’s Brooklyn home at 2062 East 29th Street. His occupation was freelance artist and he had completed four years of college. According to the Quality Companion (2012), Brenner graduated from Villanova University.

Brenner’s livelihood was in the comic book industry, as an artist and editor, until his death. The Connecticut Death Index, at, said Brenner passed away September 13, 1952 in Greenwich, Connecticut.

The Quality Companion blog has additional information on Brenner and has been contacted by Brenner’s son, John.

—Alex Jay


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: Larry Whittington

Carl Lawrence “Larry” Whittington was born in West Virginia around 1903 according to most census records and death information.

In the 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Whittington was the third of four children born to John, a carpenter, and Naomi. The family resided in Columbus, Ohio, at 387 Loeffler Avenue.

The 1920 census recorded the Whittington family in Cincinnati, Ohio, at 942 Morris Street. Information regarding his education and art training has not been found. Soon, Whittington moved to New York City.

According to American Newspaper Comics (2012), Whittington drew Gene Carr’s Kitty Kildare from October 1 to 8, 1922. For The Evening World (New York), Whittington created Fritzi Ritz which debuted October 9, 1922. His last strip appeared May 14, 1925. The next day’s strip was by Ernie Bushmiller
Fritzi Ritz, from October 9 to December 29, 1922, can be viewed here.


Whittington left the World to produce Mazie the Model for the New York Mirror. The strip saw print from May 25, 1925 to April 14, 1928.

The 1925 New York State census listed cartoonist Whittington in Manhattan, New York City at 228 West 72 Street.

Whittington has not yet been found in the 1930 census. His oldest sister, Ida, was married to Walter Leonhardt whose household included three children and his father-in-law. They resided in Queens, New York, at 4371 164th Street.

Whittington did the drawings for Assen Jordanoff’s Flying and How to Do It which was published by Grosset & Dunlap in 1932.

The Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 1, Group 2. Pamphlets, Etc., 1936 New Series, Volume 33, Number 8, had this entry:

Whittington (Larry) Daisy Daily and Dotty Dawn © July 23, 1936; A 74645; General features syndicate, Inc., New York. 30593
Daisy Daily and Dotty Dawn ran in the weekly Hastings News (Hastings on the Hudson, New York) from March 19, 1937 to March 11, 1938.


According to the 1940 census, Whittington and his mother, a widow, resided at the same address, 4314 214th Place, Queens, New York, as his brother-in-law, Walter. Whittington’s occupation was artist in the art industry.

Whittington passed away November 26, 1942, in Long Island City, New York. His accidental death was reported the same day in the Long Island Star-Journal (New York).

Larry Whittington, 40, of 43-24 214th street, Bayside.
Whittington was struck by a car driven by Bennett Spolan of 118-09 83rd avenue, Kew Gardens, and died a half hour later in St. John’s Hospital, Long Island City. Police absolved Spolan of blame in the accident.
Whittington was widely known as a cartoonist. He originated the comic strip “Fritzy [sic] Ritz,” in the old World in 1922 and later created “Mazie the Model” for the Mirror.
Whittington’s career as a comic strip cartoonist was interrupted 12 years ago when his right arm was broken in an automobile accident but he continued to work as an illustrator and recently did the drawings for a book, “Learn to Fly.”
He lived with a sister, Mrs. Ida Leonhardt. Another sister, Margaret Whittington, lives in Sunnyside.
The New York, New York, Death Index, at, said he was 39.

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Whittington’s sister, Marjorie, was declared, by Flo Ziegfeld, to have perfect feet and the shapeliest legs. Her perfect feet was reported in the Delmarvia Star (Wilmington, Delaware), June 11, 1922, which said Charles Dana Gibson had the same opinion. The front page of the Cincinnati Post, July 31, 1922, included a headline that read, “Cincinnati Girl’s Legs Called Shapeliest”, and said:

…Such is the perfection of Miss Whittington’s legs, such the art with which nature has shaped them, such their faultless symmetry, that Flo Ziegfeld has had them insured for $250,000, as one insures a rare painting to a specimen of Gobelin tapestry…. 
…Miss Whittington, whose quality has been brought to national attention, once was a frail child, according to her relatives. By exercise she remedied physical deficiencies so that she had no difficulty winning an engagement in “Ziegfeld’d Follies.” Formerly she did a pogo stick act in the “Follies,” Now she does a whistling act.
Marjorie Whittington (left) and Dolores Rouse

On occasion, news about Marjorie would also mention her brother as a cartoonist of the Evening World.

The Daily Star (Queens, New York), July 11, 1928, reported the siblings’ involvement in an early morning tragedy.

The body of Hendrick C. Nelson, thirty-five, wealthy sportsman and manager of Gorham’s Fifth avenue, Manhattan, silverware house, was recovered last night from the bottom of Long Island Sound off Whitestone, where Nelson sank early yesterday morning with a cramp during an impromptu bathing party.
Joseph Snyder of Twelfth avenue and Wilfred Lake of Twelfth road, Whitestone, life guards, found Nelson’s body with grappling hooks. Nelson’s fiends spent hours diving for the body and members of the Police Harbor Squad dragged the bottom near where the man drowned.
Nelson wound up a joy ride in the company of Miss Marjorie Whittington, Follies girl who won renown as “the girl with the million dollar legs,” and Miss Whittington’s brother, Larry Whittington, cartoonist an creator of “Mazie the Model.”
The party also included John Sparrell of Cedar lane, Douglaston, and John Wingate of Eighth avenue, Malba. It had been at Wingate’s home and had stopped at Villa Beau Rivage on Merritt road, Whitestone, when several of the group decided to take an early morning dip.
They were in the water only a few minutes when Nelson was seen to double up with a cramp and sink.
Whittington dived for the drowning man and brought him up, but left him after a minute to aid his sister who became hysterical and was also in danger. Nelson sank again and Wingate, grasping his arm, endeavored to swim ashore with him, but became exhausted and was obliged to let go. Help was called.
Later in the day Nelson’s friends joined the police and life guards in grappling for their companion’s body. Miss Whittington and her brother also dove many times in fruitless efforts to locate Nelson.
Wingate posted a reward of $100 for the recovery of the body. When the Whitestone life guards found Nelson, clad only in his underwear and bent double, Miss Whittington collapsed. The others were also attended by a physician.
The Whittington siblings were news again, this time for their misbehavior as reported in the Daily Star, August 15, 1932.
‘Million-Dollar Legs Beauty’ and Brother Arrested After Stabbing Affray
Franklin, Mass., Aug. 15, (U.P.)—Marjorie Whittington, twenty-eight, former Follies girl, and her brother, Lawrence, twenty-five, who gave Flushing, L. I., as their address, are scheduled to appear in District Court here Thursday on charges of disturbing the peace.
They were arrested early Saturday in a cottage at Lake Archer, Wrentham, after the stabbing of one James Gillis, described as a guest at the camp. Gillis suffered only superficial wounds. Miss Whittington and her brother have denied all knowledge of the stabbing.
Wrentham, Mass., Aug, 16.—A young woman who described herself as Marjorie Whittington, former Follies beauty and known to Broadway as “the girl with the million dollar legs,” is under arrest here today on a charge of disturbing the peace and intoxication.
The Marjorie Whittington who was president of the “Follies” Alumnae Association in 1924 formerly lived at 55-11 158th street, Flushing.
According to police, the young woman was taken into custody with a man who said he was Larry Whittington, her brother, after James Gillis of New York City had been stabbed during a fracas in a Lake Archer cottage.
Gillis was taken to the Norwood Hospital, where his condition was reported as favorable. The police allege that the young woman inflicted the stab wound in his back with an icepick.
In November last, Miss Whittington caused the arrest of her brother Lawrence, a cartoonist, on a charge of disorderly conduct, alleging that he had kicked her in the back at Northern boulevard and Farrington street, Flushing.
Whittington was released on bail provided by his sister and later discharged when she failed to appear against him in Flushing Magistrates’ Court.
On November 28, 1931, Miss Whittington was seriously injured in an automobile accident when the car she was-driving skidded and struck an “L” pillar at the Flushing end of the Roosevelt avenue bridge. It was learned at that time that she carried a $50,000 insurance policy against injury to her legs.
At the same time it was reported that a purse containing several valuable pieces of Jewelry and some cash disappeared from the wrecked automobile.
The Boston Herald, (Massachusetts), August 19, 32, said each Whittington was fined twenty-five dollars for disturbing the peace and guilty of drunkenness.

Marjorie passed away in 1957. The Schenectady Gazette (New York), October 25, 1957, carried news of her death.
Ziegfeld Star Dies Suddenly
New York, Oct. 24 (AP)—Marjorie Whittington, 55, whose legs once were insured by the late Flo Ziegfeld for a million dollars, collapsed and died yesterday in Grand Central Station.
The former star of the Ziegfeld Follies in the 1920s was identified today as the woman who collapsed on a subway platform in the station. Relatives were located through a telephone number found in her effects. She had been living with friends.
The Actors Fund said it was taking over funeral arrangements.

—Alex Jay


I think you're off by one day on the end of Larry's run on Fritzi. The May 14th strip is signed by Whittington, while the June 15th strip is unsigned, but clearly the work of Bushmiller.
Right you are. Thanks for the correction.
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Monday, March 23, 2015


Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: Jerry Iger

Samuel Maxwell “Jerry” Iger was born on August 22, 1903. The birth date is from the Social Security Death Index. Bob Andelman’s book, Will Eisner: A Spirited Life (2005) said Iger was born in Idabel, Oklahoma. However, federal census records list New York state as Iger’s birthplace. The 1910 U.S. Federal Census said Iger’s father emigrated in 1902 and his mother in 1903. The Iger family moved to Oklahoma sometime between 1905 and 1910.

The 1905 New York State Census recorded Iger in Manhattan, New York City, at 167 Suffolk Street. (Jack Kirby grew up on this street and, years later, would work at Iger’s studio.) He was the third of four children born to Jacob and Rosie. Andelman said Iger was the youngest child. His father worked in the garment trade. Iger’s parents, older sister, Gussie, and brother, Joseph, were Austrian emigrants. Andelman said Iger’s father was Australian.

According to the 1910 census, the Iger family resided on Main Street in Idabel, Oklahoma, where Iger’s father was a peddler. In Andelman’s book, Iger had polio according to nephew, Arthur Iger.

The family returned to New York City. The 1915 New York state census said the “Eiger” family lived at 106 McKibben Street in Brooklyn. Iger’s father was a department store employee. On September 12, 1918, Iger’s father signed his World War I draft card. His address was 332 Sumner in Brooklyn. He did pressing at Blatt Brothers & Love.

In the 1920 census, Iger family’s address was unchanged. Teenager Iger was a newspaper cartoonist. Information regarding his education and art training has not been found. Joe Brancatelli, in the World Encyclopedia of Comics (1976), said New York City native Iger “broke directly into the field as a news cartoonist for the New York American in 1925.”

The New York, New York, Marriage Index at said Iger married on October 14, 1928, in Brooklyn. I think his wife, Louise Hirsch, was also the cartoonist who produced the strip, Tessie Tish with the panel, Charlie Chirps. American Newspaper Comics (2012) said the strip appeared from December 22, 1927 to July 19, 1928. Around the same time, Iger’s strip, The Gang, ran from September 16, 1927 to June 28, 1928. Both strips were distributed by Paramount Newspaper Features and reprinted years later.

Standard Union (Brooklyn, NY) 11/17/1928

Louise and Iger resided with her parents in Brooklyn at 2244 East 14th Street, as recorded in the 1930 census, which spelled the surname as Eiger. He was a cartoonist in advertising, and she was unemployed.

In 1936 Iger edited the comics magazine Wow, What a Magazine!. It lasted four issues but one of the contributors was Will Eisner who would become Iger’s partner in an art studio. According to Who’s Who of American Comic Books 1928–1999, the Eisner and Iger Studio was also known as Syndicated Features Corporation [but that's been pretty well proven untrue -- Allan]. When the partnership ended in 1939, each of them formed a studio under his own name.

American Newspaper Comics said Iger’s comic strip output included Bobby (1938), Pee Wee (1938 to 1939), and Uncle Otto (1938; written by Iger and drawn by Will Eisner as Carl Heck). Iger may have drawn Little Buddy which ran from March 4 1935 into 1939.

Magazine cartoonist Iger lived alone at 310 East 44th Street, Manhattan, in the 1940 census enumeration. According to, Iger had been “embroiled in a divorce.” The census said his highest level of education was the eighth grade, and, in 1939, he worked 52 weeks and earned five-thousand dollars. 
The New York Times, August 13, 1942, said Iger moved to 246 East 46th Street in Manhattan. 

Action Play-Books was a publishing imprint owned by Iger. The first book appeared in 1937, then seven years later, twelve books followed.

Treasure Book of Puzzles (1937) by Emery I. Gondor
Indian Legends by Ruth A. Roche, illustrated by David B. Icove
Bobby’s Diary by Ruth A. Roche, illustrated by David B. Icove
Adventures of Peter Pupp by Ruth A. Roche, illustrated by David B. Icove
Pee Wee and the Sneezing Elephant by Ruth A. Roche, illustrated by David B. Icove (the original art is here)
Snowy, the Traveling Snowman by Ruth Burman, illustrated by Elsa Garratt
The Grasshopper Man by Erwin Scharf
Happy-Go-Lucky by Marjorie Romyns
The Big, Big Zoo by Lester Kohs
Joey Jeep by George Arthur Hornby, illustrated by Bertram Goodman
Rumpy by Novo and Stuart, illustrators
The ABC’s in Rhyme by Ruth A. Roche, illustrated by David B. Icove
Chimpsey  at Play by Ruth A. Roche, illustrated by Dic Loscalzo

An overview of Iger’s comic book work is hereAmerican Newspaper Comics said the panel, Court Chuckles, was signed with one of Iger’s pseudonym, “S.M. Regi”, and was syndicated by Iger’s Phoenix Features beginning in 1948.

In the Times, May 1, 1954, Iger signed a business lease in the building at 113 West 57th Street. 

Iger retired around the late 1950s. He resided in Sunnyside in the borough of Queens, New York City. He was mentioned in the local paper, The Leader-Observer, in its column, “It’s Flying Time”. On December 19, 1974, columnist H.C. Beck wrote:
Had the extreme pleasure Thanksgiving Day to meet world famous cartoonist Jerry Iger, who began his drawing career at age 15, for several large publications. Among Jerry’s originals were “Pet Wee,” “Sheena of the Jungle” and many other popular cartoon strips. By the way, Jerry, how’s about doing “Theodore.” Kindly bear it in mind.
The September 4, 1975 column said:
A thank you note at this writing to world-famous cartoonist Jerry Iger for the autographed copy of Lincoln Savings Bank’s beautifully illustrated brochure which was drawn by Jerry, who is the originator of Sheena of the Jungle and also the cartoon strip Pee Wee...
About three months later, in the December 11 edition, Beck said:
Had an extremely pleasant Thanksgiving Day as guest of Ruth Mundy, lovely star of Stage, Screen and TV at her home in Elmhurst, N.Y. Other guests included Patricia-Ann Kelly, the inimitable Jerry Iger world-famous cartoonist, and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sadler of Elmhurst. After a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings, Mr. Iger entertained the guests with illustrations and humorous stories reverting to his heyday when he had been the creator of the cartoon strip titled “Sheena of the Jungle” and another cartoon called “Pee Wee.”
Will Eisner said he created Sheena.

Iger passed away September 5, 1990, according to the Social Security Death Index, which said his last residence was Sunnyside.

Further reading: Alter Ego, #21, February 2003: “The Iger Comics Kingdom

—Alex Jay


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Sunday, March 22, 2015


Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics


Yea! Jim is back... but for how long?
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