Saturday, March 02, 2024


One Shot Wonders: The Incubation of Claude Murphy by Carl Anderson, 1897


Carl Anderson's famous creation, Henry, did not come to fruition until 1932 when he was an elderly man. Back in the 1890s he was a journeyman cartoonist whose newspaper work appeared mostly in the Hearst-owned New York Journal. In the 1900s he'd branch out more and have series accepted by quite a few syndicates. 

Back in the 1880's and 90s, chicken incubators were the subject of an inventor's race to come up with the best design. Here we see home inventor Mr. Murphy who has come up with his entry in the race. Evidently his version works like a charm based on its efficacy on his son, whose name is either Claude or Mickey -- apparently a miscommunication between the cartoonist and the typographers. 

The only problem with Mr. Murphy's invention is that it simply isn't an incubator. Incubators are for hatching out eggs. What he has created is a chicken BROODER. Being a chicken raiser myself, I can't let such an egregious error pass unremarked. 

This one-shot strip appeared in the New York Journal on March 14 1897.


Apparently the Incubator was a brand-new, exciting, imagination capturing invention in the late 90s. If one reads lots of comics of that era, it's very noticeable that Incubators are seen or mentioned all the time, often hatching out all kinds of humourously unnatural things.
Any specific reason why the "invinter" is Irish, other than making fun of the Irish in general?
A similar scene is a photo in a National Lampoon satire of a nonexistent Negligent Mother Magazine.
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Friday, March 01, 2024


Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: Emidio Angelo

(An earlier profile was posted in 2019.) 

Emidio “Mike” Angelo was born on December 4, 1903, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, according to his World War II draft card and several volumes of Who’s Who in American Art

In the 1910 United States Census, the family name was recorded as Angelone. Angelo was the oldest of three children born to Stanley and Laurens, both Italian immigrants. The family were residents of Mahanoy, Pennsylvania at 216 East Centre Street. His father was a baker.

The 1920 census recorded Angelo as the oldest of six children. The family resided in Philadelphia at 1325 Garnet Street. Angelo was an assistant at a newspaper office.   

Angelo took the correspondence course of the Federal School which was based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He appeared in a Federal Schools advertisement published in Wayside Tales and Cartoons Magazine, November 1921. 


Angelo was mentioned in The Federal Illustrator, Winter 1926–1927. 

Who’s Who (1989) said Angelo studied at the Philadelphia Museum and School of Industrial Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA). The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 15, 1953, said he started at PAFA in 1924. The 1936–1937 Who’s Who said he was a pupil of George Harding and Henry McCarter. Angelo was awarded PAFA’s European Traveling Scholarship in 1927 and 1928.  

A passenger list, at, said Angelo arrived in New York city on September 20, 1927. He had departed Cherbourg, France on September 14. His address at the time was 1255 South 21st Street, Philadelphia.

Angelo shared his European experience in The Federal Illustrator, Summer 1928.

According to the 1930 census, Angelo’s mother was a widow who had seven children. The family lived at 1628 South 22nd Street in Philadelphia. Angelo’s occupation was commercial artist. 

The same address was in the 1936–1937 Who’s Who that said Angelo was a member of the Da Vinci Alliance and Fellowship of PAFA. His pen portraits from life included Mussolini, ex-Presidents Coolidge and Taft, William Jennings Bryan, Premier Dino Grandi, Rudolph Valentino and others. His cartoons were published in Saturday Evening Post, Collier’s, Life, Judge, Ballyhoo, College Humor, Sales Management, Bell Telephone News and the Public Ledger. He lectured on “Cartoons and Caricatures.”

Who’s Who (1989) said Angelo was the editorial cartoonist for the Main Line Times (Ardmore, Pennsylvania) from 1937 to 1954 and 1981.

The Inquirer, December 12, 1943, said Angelo joined the Inquirer staff and married Yolanda Marinelli in 1938. At the time they had a four-year-old daughter named Joya. Anthony A. Chiurco wrote about his uncle in Up from South Philly (2014) and said Angelo joined the Inquirer staff in 1937. The book has a photograph of Angelo. 

According to the 1940 census, Angelo, his wife and daughter lived in Philadelphia at 845 North 65th Street. The artist had two years of college and earned $4,500 in 1939. A 1940 photograph of Angelo, his wife and brother- and sister-in-laws is at the Archives of American Art

On February 16, 1942, Angelo signed his World War II draft card. His 845 North 65th Street in Philadelphia was crossed out at a later date and updated to 1510 Crest Road in Penfield Downs, Pennsylvania.  

American Newspaper Comics (2012) said Angelo produced Funny Angles from January 1, 1945 to 1958. The panel was known later as Emily and Mabel. Vincent Schiller contributed to the writing.

The Inquirer, February 23, 1952, reported Angelo’s Freedom Foundation “third-place award for an editorial cartoon published last July 11 and entitled, ‘No Let-Up On Vigilance.’ He pictured Uncle Sam scanning storm clouds over Korea.”

The Inquirer, November 15, 1953, reported the annual PAFA exhibition and said 
This is the first year that humor, in the form of a gallery of original cartoons, has been included in these annual exhibitions. Angelo will speak particularly about this phase of the show.
In 1957 a collection of Angelo’s cartoons, The Time of Your Life, was published by the John C. Winston Company.

Who’s Who (1976) said Angelo received the Da Vinci Award silver medals in 1958, 1960 and 1968, and a bronze medal in 1961. He was awarded a gold medal from the Philadelphia Sketch Club in 1969. His memberships included the National Cartoonists Society and the American Editorial Cartoonists. He was the producer of the 1967 short color film, Alighier’s, The Inferno

Editor and Publisher, January 19, 1980, said 
Emidio Angelo, previously a political cartoonist, Philadelphia Inquirer, now draws for the Chestnut Hill Local, a weekly paper.
The 1989 Who’s Who said Angelo was an advance art class instructor at Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia. He received the Freedom Foundation Award in 1983. His mailing address was 419 Redleaf Road, Wynnewood Pennsylvania 19096.

Angelo passed away September 2, 1990. An obituary appeared in the Inquirer, September 5, 1990. 

Further Reading and Viewing
The Image of America in Caricature & Cartoon, caricature of Herbert Hoover
Editor & Publisher, February 18, 1950, Emily and Mabel to Hunt a Man Six Days a Week
Editor & Publisher, May 31, 1952, Two Humor Features From Inquirer Staffers


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Wednesday, February 28, 2024


Selling It: Mr. E.Z. Duzzit


It's a good thing that cartoonists sometimes got to sign their advertisment work, because I long ago waved the white flag trying to spot the art on many of these ads. Between Harry Haenigsen, Dik Browne, Gill Fox and the other cartooning luminaries who seemed to be able to nimbly ape just about any style, I'm lost. 

Here we have a 1943 ad for Duz Detergent, and it's boldly signed by Harry Haenigsen. If it hadn't been signed, Haenigsen would not have been my first guess. Frankly, Adolph Schus might have come to mind first. So thank you to the good folks at Duz who let Harry bask in the limelight. 

Although this ad seems like it would have been part of a series, this is the only installment of Mr. E.Z. Duzzit I've been able to find. I checked over on Ger Apeldoorn's blog, The Fabulous Fifties, because he is a real devotee of these comic strip ads, and it seems I've actually managed to find one he doesn't have over there! 

PS: Here's hoping that all is well with Ger. He hasn't posted in about three months. You out there, buddy? UPDATE: Ger says he's just fine, but busy with other projects right now.


Admittedly slightly off-topic, but this ad reminded me of a funny Fred Allen radio skit I heard years ago. Fred and Portland played a "realistic" morning show hosts--grumpy, half asleep, and bickering. They were sponsored by Little Panther Spot Remover and DUZNT.

"Other soaps brag about all the things that they do. Well, DUZNT duzn't do anything!"
October 27, 1946 Fred Allen Show. He was, for this skit, opposite Tallulah Bankhead, not Portland Hoffa. It's an absolutely brutal takedown of "Tex and Jinx," a morning show on NBC's local New York station, hosted by Tex McCrary and Jinx Falkenberg, which had a lot of advertiser plugs in it.
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Monday, February 26, 2024


Obscurity of the Day: The Adventures Abroad of Peleg Price, American


Cartoonist Frank Wing was a long-time fixture at the Minneapolis Journal, but gained national fame for his "Fotygraft Albums." These were a series of books of humorous 'photographs' -- actually vividly drawn wash cartoons -- with accompanying comedic comments by a family member who tries to explain them to the reader, who is supposedly visiting the home and looking through the family album. These books have aged surprisingly well, and I find them still quite funny. They're not terribly expensive on the used book market, and I think are well worth seeking out. 

Long before that, when the Minneapolis Journal was producing an in-house page of comics each Sunday, Wing lowered himself to creating a comic strip series for the one and only time in his life. Sporting the hefty title of The Adventures Abroad of Peleg Price, American, it chronicled the misadventures of Peleg Price and his uncle Imri, a pair of bickering rubes who take the Grand Tour of Europe. Wing drew the strip in a fabulous clean line style and the humour was the match for any New York comic-stripper of the day you might wish to name. 

The series began on December 12 1903 with Peleg and Imri saying goodbye to Wheat Corners, Minnesota. They made the whole tour, creating havoc in every European city they visited, and returned to America eight months later on August 20 1904, at which point the strip title changed to Peleg And Imri Return to America. After a few episodes in which they catch up on local doings, they got involved in a political primary campaign when Peleg is nominated to run for his (unnamed) party for Congress. Uncle Imri decides to run against him. On September 17 the strip title was updated once again, to The Campaign at Wheat Corners

On November 12 1904 Peleg wins the nomination of his party and the series comes to an abrupt end. The next week the Journal began running a page of Hearst-produced strips instead of their homegrown material.


Hark! Do I detect a Mr Dooley neologism?
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Sunday, February 25, 2024


Wish You Were Here, from Little Nemo

 This is our twelfth and (I think) final card in the Little Nemo series, published by Raphael Tuck. You know the game ... can you identify the Little Nemo strip from which the image was snatched? Or, is it an original penned right out of the noggin of the anonymous Tuck's artist? 

The other big question: we've published 12 cards here at Stripper's Guide, and I believe my cupboard is bare. Are there any others that we've missed?


Looking at this with sarcastic modern eyes: Nemo is appearing before an enthusiastic audience composed almost exclusively of pretty ladies, several of whom are proffering bouquets or waving lanterns with his name. Would-be valentines. But Nemo, looking coy and maybe even blowing a kiss, appears focused on the lone man holding up flowers. And he's holding hands with his buddy, the two of them in costumes Buster Brown would mock. Certainly no such subtext was intended, or subtext of any kind, this being well within the precious sentimentality of the strip and the era. But it does read funny now.
This is based on May 13, 1906.
Brian ... thanks for the ID!

DBenson ... strangely enough I am presently slogging my way through a couple of "scholarly" books on early comics, and the authors both do exactly what you're talking about -- treating 2% probabilty subtexts as if they are outright definitive subject matter. I think in academia the need to say something new and 'important' about these mouldy oldies is encouraging all sorts of ridiculous notions. As Freud said (or should have), "sometimes a cigar is just a cigar."

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