Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Put A Little Pep In Your Step

Wednesday Presentation Day.

Today is the presentation of my new (Dutch) book about the hsteory of the weekly comic magazine Pep. In it's early days, it was mostly know for the covers made for it's many forignbought strips (which included Asterix, Lucky Luke, Batman, Big Ben Bolt and Flash Gordon). Later it became the developing point of the new Dutch comic generation. Here are just a few of the earlier covers and some that show the contributons of the later Dutch artists.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tea and Crispies

Wednesday Advertising Day.

Two Kelloggs ads and three for Lipton Tea by Dik Browne I don't think I showed before.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Closer Then He thought

Monday Cartoon Day.

When Al Capp joined AP in 1932, he took over the Colonel Gilfeather panel from Dick Dugan and changed the name to Mr. Gilfeather. The character remained the same, a pompous blowhard. When Capp left later that year, the strip was continued by another new arrival, Milton Caniff. He kept the premiss the same for a vouple of months, but somewhere between february and July 1933 he started letting Gilfeather remenisce about his youth and in fact changed the premiss of the panel to Close To Home, a nostalgic panel in the manner of his idol H. T. Webster. I have shown Caniffs first panels some time ago, and some of his later nostalgic panels as well. But here are a couple of month I hadn't shown yet, when Gilfeather was still the main focus. The humor is repetative but the arwork shows that Caniff really was a remarkable artist. His style was changed forever when he met Noel Sickles, but underneath it all was a superb draftsman with a great sense of character, as we can see here. For more Close To Home follow the label.