Saturday, November 22, 2014

Murphy's Flaw

Thursday Story Strip Day.

There are two periods when Murphy Anderson drew Buck Rogers. One short period in the late fifties (before George Tuska took over) and one earlier one in the late forties. Clearly not yet the illustrative giant he would become, but even in this condition they are great to see.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ring A Buell?

Wednesday Advertising Day.

Marge Henderson's LittleLulu had a huge career in many different media, but most of them were produced without Henderson's help. The original panel cartoon serie ran in The Saturday Evenng Post from 1935 to 1944. In the ealry forties Paramount Pictures started a cartoon series that ran from 1943 to 1948. In that same period, she also appeared in Four Color Comics series and was such a succes that she was eventually spun-off in her own series. This series (and others with other characters from the strip) was originally written and drawn by John Stanley and has a huge following among comic book artists. From 1950 to 1968 there also was a newspaper strip version and in the early sixties she was featured in a couple of new cartoons. The only version that Marge Henderson seemed to have been involved with (at least to my eye) was the Kleenex newspaper ad series that ran in the forties and fifties. If it was indeed by Henderson, she proves here that she could do continuity. And pretty good, too.

Another Coogy Sample

Tuesday ComiC Strip Day.

These days I have to show my Coogys one at the time, because they are so hard to come by. They are not collected on their own, I only get one every once in a while on the back of something else. And because they were only printed in the New York Herald Tribune, they are not represented in any of the online available microfiche sources. Or at least, none that I know.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Brother, Oh Brother!

Monday Cartoon Day.

Even thought it was drawn very well and the gags are nice (and sometimes even funny), the very element that was it's unique selling point makes it absolete now; the clerical subject. Still, he got a nice run and a couple of pockets out of it.

A Darker Shade Of Crime

Sunday Meskin Measures.

Two more moody crime stories from Mort Meskin, both from Headline #48, newly added to the Digital Comics Museum. Both stories are probably inked by George Roussos. In the first it is obvious in a few of the face, the second has the most of the dark and quick inking Roussos often used over Meskin.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

TeeVee HeeHees

Saturday Gagover Day.

Ever since I saw the fist Sunday of Bil Keane's Channel Chuckles, I was a fan. Having done a similar gag series for a Dutch magazine (with artist Willem Ritstier) I know how hard it is to come up with new gags for the same subject over and over, but Keane managed to do so for over 15 years. I even find it funnier than The Family Circle, because it allows for a bit more sarcasm than the family life. I came across wat sees to be the frst weeks of this Sunday and daily gag series that deserves a good reprinting.