Saturday, October 14, 2023
One Shot Wonders: Pocohontas Up-To-Date by A.B. Canon, 1903
Canon contributed to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Sunday comics section from 1901-1903. Other than that I know nothing about him. This one-shot was penned in 1902 (see Canon's signature) but did not run in the paper until January 18 1903.
Labels: One-Shot Wonders
Friday, October 13, 2023
Obscurity of the Day: Abner Simp
The daily strip debuted on July 23 1923* through the auspices of the New York Tribune syndicate. The star of the show is a hayseed from Mudsink, Tennessee, come to seek his fortune in the big city. He rooms in a boarding house run by Mrs. Whang, with the typical penny-pinching, sharp-tongued qualities that seem to come with the profession. The other roomers are mostly just a blur of standard characters, but the stenographer Lucile stands out as a possible romantic interest for Abner.
The strip starts out as primarily gag-a-day, with featherweight continuities barely making ripples. However, as the strip gains a little steam Abner gets a taste for speculating in the stock market and eventually lucks into a copper mine stock that goes through the roof, making him a very well-to-do boob. He invests some of his money by paying off the boarding house's mortgage and Abner finds himself on the other side of the landlord-roomer divide. Now his problems are those of a rich man. But it is not long into this new phase of the strip that either Little or the Tribune decided to call it quits. On October 25 1924** the strip ended without so much as a farewell.
* Source: Syracuse Herald
** Source: Nashville Tennessean
What's with "This ain't no fire—it's an earthquake"? Does it hint at the 1906 SF earthquake and fire?
It was a well known conceit of San Franciscans , following the chamber of commerce's lead, to never refer to the cataclysm of 1906 as "The Earthquake", and instead as the "the Fire". This being, that a fire would indicate a man-made disaster, something that could be controlled, and one would assume that as great fires happen in cities, the conditions that led to it are not allowed to happen again.
Earthquakes are unpredictable, uncontrollable and are an alien thing to most Americans, so their possibility might scare away tourism and investment.
So, by the fireman exclaiming that it's not a fire, but an earthquake, it's a humourous inversion of a then well-known take associated with California boosterism, insisting that that was a FIRE, and not, or only insignificantly, a Quake.
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: Munson Paddock
... Kenosha artists drew the pictures for the annual and the work of Munson Paddock and Roy Donley in the artistic line is worthy of more than passing mention. The pictures contributed by Paddock to the book are a reminder of the clever work of Gibson while the comic sketches and etchings by Donley are filled with subtle humor. ...... The annual portion of the book is introduced by a splendid drawing by Munson Paddock which forms the frontispiece. ...
Mrs. Paddock, Dies in Athens, Fashion ArtistMrs. Paddock Dies in Athens, Fashion Artist Mrs. Marguerite Noble Paddock, 62, of 623 South Main Street, Athens died suddenly last night at her home at 8 o’clock following a heart attack.Well known in art circles, Mrs. Paddock and her husband, Munson Paddock, were engaged in fashion drawing in New York City for several years. She was a Towanda native.Mrs. Paddock, a graduate of Cooper Union, the New York School of Art and the Art Students’ league, came to Athens about nine years ago. While in this community, she was interested mostly in portraiture.She is survived by her husband, Munson Paddock, a sister, Miss Kate Noble, at home and several cousins.The funeral will he held at the convenience of the family, and burial will be in Oak Hill cemetery, Towanda.
Funeral services were held this morning for Munson R. [sic] Paddock, 84, of 222 Speece, Sunbury, from the Davis funeral home, Northumberland, with Father John W. Kline, pastor of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Sunbury, in charge. Burial was in Riverview cemetery, Northcumberland.
Labels: Ink-Slinger Profiles
Monday, October 09, 2023
Obscurity of the Day: Angelic Angelina
It's nice to know that in the world of rotten li'l kid comics, which were staggeringly popular in the 1900s, that there was at least a small feminine contingent in this male-dominated profession. There was the popular Mamma's Angel Child, of course, but other lesser known female brats include today's obscurity, Angelic Angelina. This strip ran in the New York Herald's Sunday comics section from March 22 1908 to February 7 1909*.
Angelina's favourite target was her little brother Bobbie, who was gullible enough to be easily convinced to do all sorts of rotten things that end up getting him spanked, while Angelina engineers herself into the hero of the day. It's all a bit ho-hum of a concept, except for the one detail of the brat being a girl instead of a boy.
The creator of Angelic Angelina, Munson Paddock, was responsible for other ho-hum comics in the late 1900s, mostly for the New York Telegram. One exception that is much better than his norm is Wisdom of Wiseheimer. Angelic Angelina was Paddock's only series that ran in the New York Herald. Stay tuned Wednesday as Alex Jay has an Ink-Slinger Profile of Paddock with new and updated information.
* Source: Ken Barker's New York Herald index in StripScene #20.
Sunday, October 08, 2023
Wish You Were Here, from Nate Collier
Here's another card from the collection of Mark Johnson, this one by a very young Nate Collier, when he still signed his first name as 'Nathan'. It was published in 1911 by the Hoover-Watson Printing Company of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Labels: Wish You Were Here