Saturday, October 23, 2021
Herriman Saturday: February 25 1910
February 25 1910 -- Woe be to the admirer of the feminine form in Los Angeles a hundred years ago. A Mr. John Kranz was hauled into court on charge of being a masher, simply because he was accused of leering at Miss Ella Winters. Miss Winters characterized his stare at her as being "positively desperate." In court Kranz revealed that he had a glass eye, whose supposed stare was entirely beyond the operator's control. The case was dismissed.
Labels: Herriman's LA Examiner Cartoons
Friday, October 22, 2021
Toppers: How To Keep From Getting Old
George McManus played along with King Features' policy of multiple toppers by adding a panel cartoon to his Bringing Up Father Sunday page from 1933 to 1937. Rosie's Beau was amputated slightly, which was no great loss, leaving enough room for the additional feature. A total of four different panel titles were used, of which How To Keep From Getting Old ran from April 1 1934 to May 19 1935. The panel offers a simple but effective gag, showing how McManus's dolt of the week puts his or her life in danger.
Labels: Topper Features
The Hearst strips all sprouted these panel cartoons in the Sundays at about the same time, some were ambitious, like the Katzenjammer jigsaw puzzles by Harold Knerr, or the cut out dolls by Murphy in Toots & Casper, or even, surprisingly enough, by Alex Raymond in Flash Gordon.
Most of them were just one-off single panel gags, but the standout was Chic Young's over Blondie. The first one was all gags under the title "Sideshow", but in early 1935, it became the re-occuring characters series "Colonel Potterby & the Duchess", which, after only a few weeks became the top strip, and eventually a seperate strip, lasting until 1963.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: H.R. McBride
Mr. McBride has been a cartoonist for about two years. He commenced with the Newspaper Enterprise Association in Cleveland. His cartoons were along the more serious lines—you wouldn’t think so from the one above—and were printed in all of the newspapers that comprise that Association. He developed something entirely new—a setting in the form of wiggly lines that was extremely attractive, and that held the attention of all who followed his work. He came to New York about six months ago, where he is freelancing. He has contributed to a number of the newspapers and magazines, along the line which he so successfully followed in Cleveland.
It was in 1915 that McBride learned to know what the phrase “struggling artist” means. He was 22 then, and had come to Cleveland from his home on a farm near Mansfield, O., with the hope of “catching on” some place where he could foster his ambition to draw. For a month he worked in a restaurant at $12 a week. Then he found a place in the art department of a local bag company.His first job as a newspaper cartoonist was with the Newspaper Enterprise Association, where he illustrated jokes and drew an occasional cartoon for a salary of $10 a week.“I can’t draw very well but I’ve got to have a job” was the easy he applied, and it was the utter sincerity of this appeal which won him a place, according to the man who hired him.After a year and a half with the N. E. A., McBride came to New York.“Life was hard—I didn’t know a soul when I came and I was timid about going after work and charging for it after I got it,” he says. “Editor & Publisher gave me my first work in New York. I was drafted into the army after 6 months and spent 15 months in the army, 8 of them as art director of Air Scout, an air service publication.”
Another man who visited the Julia Richman High School was Hubbell Reed McBride, an artist. He had a roll of posters that he had drawn appealing to young men to go into the army or navy. He said he thought he could be of more service to the nation as an artist than as a soldier. Being told that the prescribed industrial exemptions did not fit his case he wrote on a blank form, “I am opposed to the taking of human life.”
Hubbell Reed McBride, who draws recruiting cartoons that sound the call to the colors as loud as any bugle, but told Board 154 he had scruples against personal participation in violent exercise on the battlefield, has suffered a chance of heart. He stopped in at the board’s headquarters long enough yesterday to withdraw his exemption claim and ask the way to the nearest naval recruiting station.
H. R. McBride, the cartoonist, whose work has frequently appeared in the columns of The Editor and Publisher, and who is now a private in the aviation section of the Signal Corps, is the staff artist of the Air Scout, the official organ of the Aeronautical Camp at Garden City. McBride’s pen has lost none of its power, and the pages of the Air Scout are enlivened by many examples of his distinctive work.
McBRIDE (Hubbell Reed) [6233, 6234 © Feb. 1, 1921; 2 c. Feb. 4, 1921; Announcing the arrival of a new daily comic, The Ark age. 7 l., illus. 48mo. © Dec. 31, 1920; 2 c. and off. Jan. 3, 1921; off. Jan. 20, 1921; A 607823.Ark age. 7 l., illus. Obl. 48mo. © Dec. 31, 1920; 2 c. and aff. Jan. 3, 1921; aff. Jan. 20, 1921; A 607824.© Pen-art service, inc., New York.
Today McBride “has arrived” as they say. He has perfected an individual style. His drawing are widely known. He is a consistent contributor to Life and other publications. In his spare time he is completing a series of 36 figures of President Roosevelt—pen drawings—which he says will be the best serious work he has yet done. … https://www.loc.gov/resource/ppmsca.36101/… McBride will draw cartoons for the new Macfadden evening tabloid to be launched in New York soon.
McBride Murals Add Color To Trans-Texas TheatresH. R. McBride, famous for his outdoor murals which decorate screens from Odessa to Galveston, recently completed attention-getting mural paintings for both the Burnet snd Chief drive-in theaters, two Austin houses of the Trans-Texas Theatres, Inc. His mural for the Burnet was accorded a four-column photo and story break in the Austin Stateman. Mr. Earl Podolnick, president of the circuit, advises that “The new murals, painted in gorgeous colors, are most beautiful and outstanding, and have really attracted the attention of all.” He also reports that the management has been receiving “great comments” from patrons.The stunt received wide coverage, and aided box office receipts.
Pascal, Jeanne B. Painter born in France in 1891, the daughter of Paul Pascal (qv). She came with her family to Washington, DC, in 1898 and became interested in art watching her father paint in his Washington, DC, studio. Following her father’s death in 1901 [sic], the family was poverty-stricken and she was placed in an orphan asylum. She maintained her interest in painting and finally persuaded E. C. Messner (qv) to allow her to study at the Corcoran School of Art. Like her father, she specialized in watercolor renderings of orientalist scenes, some almost indistinguishable from his. She is listed in local references until 1914.
Labels: Ink-Slinger Profiles
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Monday, October 18, 2021
Obscurity of the Day: Louis Laughs
In previous coverage of Walter Gallaway I've said that his artwork was vastly superior to his gags, and the short-lived Louis Laughs is no exception to the rule. This simple strip ran on an inside page of the New York Herald comic section from May 28 to July 2 1905*. The gag, if you can even call it that, is that Louis has such an infectious laugh that he disarms people who are angry at him. That's about all there is to it.
Louis Laughs has the minor distinction of being Gallaway's swan song at the Herald. After that the only other newspaper comic series he did, Was There Ever a Boy Like Barney Blue, was done for the Boston Herald.
* Source: Ken Barker's New York Herald index
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Wish You Were Here, from Rudolph Dirks
Here's one of those freebie cards published in the Hearst papers. This series, from 1906, offers kids all the fun of burning the house down to reveal the hidden figure. Go ahead kids, climb up to that gas jet on the wall! It's perfectly safe! Oh,you have electric lighting? Well, just go ahead and find the matches wherever mommy hides them. Notice how they say "Safety Matches" right on them -- no worries there. Mommy and daddy will never know you used them.
Labels: Wish You Were Here
I have another of these cards, another Katzie one, in fact, and the edges are actually singed!