Saturday, February 13, 2021


Herriman Saturday


January 7 1910 -- Herriman illustrates a most odd report from the University orf Missouri, in which the boys claim to be growing their beards so as not to be attractive to the girls. This decision apparently made in order to promote higher levels of scholarship from the ladies, who otherwise are overcome by the mere sight of the rapturously handsome faces of the boys. 


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Wednesday, February 10, 2021


Toppers: Fold-A-Way Bucktoy


Here's the very first Buck Rogers topper (we've covered quite a few of them on the blog), this one a cut-out feature called Fold-A-Way Bucktoy. According to Buck Rogers expert Eugene Seger, this panel feature ran on the Sundays numbered 119 through 147. That translates, for papers running the strip on time, to July 3 1932 to January 15 1933. 

According to my ghosting credits, all these Sundays would have been ghosted by Russell Keaton.


I loved, and still love, the idea behind Bucktoys, those cut-out "movies" on the Popeye Sunday pages, and similar experiments in interactivity. As a kid, I once hoped to find a little tiny binder sized to hold the Crimestopper's Texbook pages. But cutting things out of newsprint except to collect was usually an exercise in futility. It was too limp to play with, and pasting onto stiff paper never quite worked out. Cereal box cardboard was vastly preferred for such things.
Hello Allan, DBenson,
I think it was a standard part of cut outs, at least in the case of most paper dolls, that an accompanying instruction to paste them on cardboard first, would be present. It would seem one would have to, lest the side flaps would be useless for making them stand.
On the other hand, the "Mechanical" creations like "Wimpy's Who's Zoo?"" would be unworkable with any backing.
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Monday, February 08, 2021


From the Archives Sub-Basement: Katzenjammer Kids - Foxy Grandpa Crossover


A February 23 1902 Hearst comics section shows us what sort of shenanigans could happen when cartoonists worked alongside each other in newspaper bullpens. Such crossover strips would eventually become very rare, but in the 1890s and 1900s these treats happened more frequently.


Allen, if I have this right, Hearst had only very recently moved to poach Schulze and his strip from the New York Herald. Could this "crossover" appearance of the Katzenjammers have been a sort of promotional stunt, welcoming Grandpa and "Bunny" to the Hearst papers?

-- Griff
Good catch Griff, yes, this was only Foxy Grandpa's second week in the Hearst section!

Hello Allan, Griff,
This is also one of the only times Foxy made it to the cover, mosly he was an inside half page, and eventualy, only seen in the extra comic page that might go in the back of the magazine section.

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Sunday, February 07, 2021


Wish You Were Here, from Grace Drayton


I love these Grace Drayton cards from Reinthal & Newman; this particular series has wonderful gags, so unexpectedly earthy in light of those cherubic little Campbell's Kids. 

This card is undated, but postally used in 1916. The card was mailed in Scotland, and I love the similarly earthy message written in a childish scrawl; "Thank you very much for the nice rock. With love from May." I'm sure the recipient, Miss Muriel Perry, was delighted that her gift of a rock was well-received.


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