Friday, May 22, 2015

Infrequent Flyer

Thursday Story strip Day.

Together with the samples of Things To Come I clipped a set of 1942 Sundays of Scorchy Smith by Frank Robbins. Not complete and not in color, but they show how interesting a good run of these would be in full color. They are so rare, that I have never seen even these before.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Strong Man

Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

Last time I shared some of the scans I made from the earliest Popeye pages by Bud Sagendorf, it was from 1960. Here we have what I scanned from 1961 along with a couple I missed from 1960. Most of this stuff has been unseen since it as first published. If, like me, you like Sagendorf's version of Popeye, it is a goldmine.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Pushing Out the Barrow

Monday Cartoon Day.

Sunday supplements carrying the Associated Press strips must be among the most rare out there. They had a great roster of talent and quite few successful series, such as Scorchy Smith, Patsy in Hollywood, Oaky Doaks and Dicky Dare. But most of these strips were sold to small papers that only had daily editions. The only Sundays I have even found are from the late forties, with the ones from the early fifties and the early to mid forties among the most rare. I have never seen Sunday pages from Frank Robbins' Scorchy Smith, or the version of that strip done from 1952 onwards by A. C. Hollingsworth and George Tuska. Among the lesser known strips from this syndicate is Hank Barrow's Things To Come, a delightful Sunday only strip about future inventions. When Barrow left in the late forties the art was taken over by another artist who kept the project going till 1953. I'd love to see more of these in color, but the black and white source I found a pretty good.