Saturday, July 04, 2015
Wednesday, September 30 1908 -- There is a grand jury looking into Los Angeles Mayor Harper's questionable ethics. Chief prosecutor Woolwine and city attorney Hewitt, at the forefront of the push to dethrone Harper, are considering a petition to hold a recall election against the embattled mayor.
Labels: Herriman's LA Examiner Cartoons
Friday, July 03, 2015
Sci-Friday starring Connie
Labels: Connie Sci-Friday
Thursday, July 02, 2015
Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: Tecla A. Scheuring
Tecla A. Scheuring was born in Wisconsin around 1908 according to U.S. Federal Census records. In the 1910 census, Scheuring was the only child of Louis, an accountant, and Cecelia. They lived in Anna, Illinois on Miller Street.
The 1920 census recorded the Scheurings in De Pere, Wisconsin, on River Road. Scheuring’s father was a partner in Smith and Scheuring Audit Company. Also in the household was Scheuring’s paternal grandmother and a servant.
The 1929 Green Bay, Wisconsin city directory listed Scheuring as a bookkeeper at Northwest Office Supply Company and her residence in North DePere, Wisconsin.
According to the 1930 census, Scheuring lived at 428 St. James Place in Chicago, Illinois. She was an office manager for an aviation corporation and had a female roommate.
In the 1940 census, Scheuring, who used her maiden name, was divorced and had a two-year-old son, Michael, who was born in Illinois. They lived in Chicago at 7700-02 North Eastlake Terrace. Scheuring was a freelance feature writer for a newspaper syndicate. Her education included two years of college. According to American Newspaper Comics (2012), beginning in 1940, Scheuring was the writer on the comic strip Little Miss Muffet which was drawn by Fanny Y. Cory since September 2, 1935. Scheuring remained on the strip into 1946.
The Rockford Register-Republic (Illinois), July 12, 1951, reported the passing of Scheuring’s father.
Dies of Heart AttackAfter this event, what became of Tecla Scheuring is not known.
Chicago—(AP)—Louis Scheuring, 73, of Depere, Wis., a retired public accountant, died of a heart seizure today while visiting a daughter, Mrs. Tecla Elliot, 43, Chicago. Scheuring, a former partner in the firm of Scheuring and Jones, Green Bay, Wis., retired five years ago.
Labels: Ink-Slinger Profiles
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Obscurity of the Day: America's History in Cut-Outs
Gonna kill two holidays with one stone today! Today, of course, is Canada Day, and three days hence is the U.S.'s Independence Day. Luckily I have an obscurity that is applicable to both. Well, sorta.
America's History in Cut-Outs ran in one of the McClure pre-print Sunday comic sections from June 20 to September 26 1909. The first two episodes, above, apply to the whole continent, so I figure I'm good to go.
Now I'm no expert in paper dolls. But maybe if there is a cut-out aficionado lurking out there, you can tell me if this is a particularly awful use of the form. As best I can tell, the kiddies are supposed to cut out the figures, and then (here it gets real exciting) place them in the approved positions, as dictated by the provided black and white outline drawing, on the background illustration.
Wow. I hope those rugrats aren't prone to over-excitement, because this amount of fun could well give them a brain hemorrhage or something. Is it my imagination, or is this about as much fun as a holiday weekend homework assignment to write a ten-page essay titled "What Freedom Means To Me"?
Not surprisingly the artist, who is quite good, decided to be anonymous on this series. Good call, my friend. No point in telling the kiddies who exactly to curse for wasting a space of a proper comic strip in the Sunday paper.
Happy Canada Day and 4th of July!
Maybe there's a story in comic strip interactivity. Segar's Popeye Sunday pages had ingenious "movies"; and post-Segar strips had oddball creatures to cut out and fold into standing position. The Disney Silly Symphonies strip included phenakistoscope discs (yes, I looked up the proper name) for a stretch.
Usually it was something to cut out and collect. Dick Tracy had his Crimestopper's Textbook pages, and L'il Abner the semi-parody Advice fo' Chillen. I remember something with spaceships, but a quick look at Flash Gordon and my ancient Buck Rogers book (with two sample Sunday stretches) yielded nothing.
Play money and stamps, decorated with character faces, seemed to appear with several strips for a while. Popeye had both. Prince Valiant had "stamps" on the banner over the strip, sometimes featuring props and symbols. In time they became little portraits with no stamp border, the same handful of faces until the banner itself went away in the 40s. I know I've seen them elsewhere. A fad, a syndicate campaign, a random tradition cartoonists kept up? I can certainly see the appeal for depression kids.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Magazine Cover Comics: Social Problems
Here's another one of those great magazine cover series by Fish; we've covered quite a few of them, and there's more waiting in the wings. This one is titled Social Problems, and it ran from July 30 to August 27 1939. As always, delightful Art Deco drawings and wonderfully droll captions.
Monday, June 29, 2015
Obscurity of the Day: Hippy
Okay, so anyone like to take a wild guess about the date when Hippy was being offered to newspapers? No? Well, yeah, it is a tough one. After all, the iconic image of the dirty, stupid, stoned counterculturist has been in vogue many times. In the early part of the century they were Bohemians, then in the 1950s they were beatniks, in the 60s (the classique period) they were know as hippies, and in recent times they were the 99%ers or Occupiers.
Why is it that anyone concerned enough about the status quo to speak up about it is safely ignored by the establishment by simply branding them as having imperfect hygiene? I remember when Wall Street was occupied a few years ago, I got quite the dose of nostalgia when, seemingly within hours of the story breaking, every pundit in the media apparently read the same memo and started making fun of the Occupiers as being unbathed. It was like watching TV back in 1968, when every show thought it was comedy genius to dress someone up in a Flower Power shirt and sandals, and have them act as vacant-eyed and dim-brained as, oh, say, George W. Bush.
Oops. Sorry, thought for a moment this was my other blog, AllansPoliticalRanting.com. Okay, back on track.
As you actually probably did guess, George Gately's Hippy debuted sometime in 1967 (exact date unknown to me -- must've been the drugs, man). That was the Summer of Love year, of course. (You can see some pics of it here, in which even the barefoot hippies appear to be surprisingly hygienic.) Hippies were a national fascination, and Gately evidently decided that a comic dealing with a beautiful curvaceous flower child, along with hackneyed hippie gags that were already getting stale, might be a winner.
Gately was already syndicated by the Chicago Tribune-NY News Syndicate with his Hapless Harry strip, and they agreed to take Hippy on, as a daily-only panel. Hippy, however, did not sell well at all. My guess is that you had liberal editors who found the panel trite and stupid, and conservative editors who weren't about to turn their papers over to a feature about the hated hippies. Not sure which editors that leaves as the market for Hippy.
Even though Hippy didn't do at all well snagging clients, it was advertised in E&P until 1970, though I've never seen any actually printed that late. Luckily, Gately came up with a vastly more popular new comic in 1973 called Heathcliff.
Oh, one last thing. That bottom sample in which smoking bananas is mentioned stimulated some dim memories of people telling me that you could get high from smoking banana peels. The memories are unclear as we might well have been experimenting with other smoking options at the time. Anyway, I looked it up, and it turns out there was a rumor that banana skins could be smoked to get a buzz. Well, turns out it was just idle stoner talk. Here's the Straight Dope on smoking bananas.
Glad I was a freak, not a hippy.
As to that bottom panel: the reference to sniffing glue surprised me. I don't think it would pass muster on today's comics pages.
Also about that bottom panel: Look at that! Forty years ahead of its time - nose rings. Far-out, Man!
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics
Labels: Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics