Saturday, March 25, 2023
Herriman Saturday: May 22 1910
May 22 1910 -- What do you get the child who has everything this Independence Day? Ringside seats at the Fight of the Century, of course.
Labels: Herriman's LA Examiner Cartoons
Friday, March 24, 2023
Obscurity of the Day: Shantylane
But that doesn't mean they had the playing field all to themselves. On July 18 1926, the St. Louis Globe-Democrat inaugurated their own race of little people on the back cover of the Sunday magazine. The series was called Shantylane, and the wee ones in this case were wooden dolls with ape-like heads, and they lived in a land that seemed to be cobbled together out of scrap lumber.
At the beginning each instalment offered some verses by Allen Metelman, who went by 'Allen Met' on the series, and a lovely full-page cartoon by 'Vic Vac', the pen name of Victor Andrew Vaccarezza. 'Met' dropped out after March 6 1927, and from then on it was a solo for "Vic Vac', who eventually tried out continuing storylines after a long stretch of gags and verses.
Vaccarezza has managed to keep a low profile in cartooning histories, but it's not for lack of ability. His work, which often uses a black background to make his colour work really pop, was well-known in St. Louis, where he was in the bullpen at several papers over the years, but pretty well unknown elsewhere. He eventually did get one syndicated credit for June Bride, a feature that came and went with all the stealth of a ninja on a moonless night.
Shantylane ran in the G-D for a little over two years, occasionally missing a Sunday, but ended on October 28 1928, for reasons unknown. There seems to have been a feeble attempt to syndicate the feature (I found it running for awhile in the Winnipeg Tribune).
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: Arnold L. Hicks
Harry C. Maley Company Augments StaffWilliam C. Faul, William E. Prickett, and Arnold Lorne Hicks have joined the Harry C. Maley Company, Chicago advertising agency. Mr. Faul, who will be art director, was formerly with the Ethridge Company, and the Wm. H. Rankin Company. Mr. Prickett, formerly with Critchfield & Company, Chicago advertising agency, becomes an account executive. Mr. Hicks joins the art staff.
Art Director Named by Advertising AgencyAppointment of Arnold L. Hicks as art director of Nolan and Twitchell Advertising Agency, Albany, was announced today by Paul S. Twitchell, president.Mr. Hicks has done advertising art work for Wilson Sporting Goods, New York Telephone, Westinghouse and Gillette Razor companies and was commissioned by the Federal Government to paint a series of murals on the U.S. postal system.
East Chatham Artist Takes Popular Award in Albany Art ShowArnold L. Hicks, well known East Chatham artist, captured the popular award in the fourth annual “Greenwich Village” art exhibit held at Albany last week.Mr. Hicks’ portrait of his granddaughter, Christy Nelson, age 8, was chosen by the public as the outstanding canvas at the exhibit.Mr. and Mrs. Hicks have resided in East Chatham a little more than a year. Their daughter is Mrs. Steve Nelson, also of East Chatham.
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Hicks have sold their home on the Chatham-East Chatham road and have moved to Schodack.
Woodward & Voss, Inc., Albany ad agency announces appointment of David L. Sprung as account executive, Arnold Hicks as commercial artist and David Deporte as copy and layout specialist.
Labels: Ink-Slinger Profiles
I don't suppose Norton tells you specifically what they object to? I mean, 'phishing' is normally done via email. Not sure how a website would be phishing unless they were representing themself as something they aren't and asking for payment. I certify that this is the real STRIPPER'S GUIDE, and it's FREE!
I get the same notice with John Adcock's Yesterday's Papers.
Monday, March 20, 2023
Obscurity of the Day: Jennifer
The Christian Science Monitor had sort of a mini-golden age of comics in their staid pages during the 1940s. Well, maybe not quite gold, but at least high end aluminum foil. These were the years when Adventures of Waddles, The Bells, and other fine strips ran regularly there. Amid the many new features that came and went in this dcade was Jennifer, a strip (or sometimes panel) about a pig-tailed little girl who thinks rather grandly of herself. As with most CSM strips, it wasn't a daily, but just ran a few times per week. It first appeared on November 25 1944 and ended July 26 1946.
The strip is bylined to Isabelle Grover. I can find not a peep about her on the 'net. That might just be me not searching well enough, or that old single/married name bugaboo. Another possibility is that the creator used a pseudonym -- some artists who worked for the Christian Science Monitor felt it prudent to keep their real identity a secret rather than to be known for practicing Christian Science.
UPDATE: Paul DiFilippo sends a short article from the Oakland Tribune, January 13 1948 with a mention of Isabelle Grover, so it was apparently not a pseudonym. Oddly it mentions her character Jennifer as if ythe feature is still running. Thanks Paul!
I tend to think of comic strip characters' names as being more old-fashioned than trendy. For Isabelle Grover to name her character Jennifer in 1944 seems downright futuristic.
Sunday, March 19, 2023
Wish You Were Here, from Grace Drayton
Here's card #500 from Reinthal & Newman, featuring a Drayton cherub who has a very healthy appetite. She's ready to chow down, so hop to it mom.
Labels: Wish You Were Here