Sunday, May 28, 2017

True Love

Saturday Leftover Day.

One of my favorite Daan Jippes pages ever. A parody of Tanguuy and Lavadure, which comes out a a cross between Uderzo and Jijé. And the top tier is even missing in this scan of the original from the Groningen Museum exhibition of Daan's work. What does a real hero do when he is trapped with nowhere to go...?

Friday, May 26, 2017

The W Word

Friday Comic Book Day.

One of my favorite artists doing funny stuff, but the witches eyes give him away... and the signature, of course.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Action Heroes

Thursday Story Strip Day.

These days I almost have more realistic strip from the forties to share than anything else. But only because I have such nice long runs of everything. Here are several years of True comics. The stories were always short and often drawn by guest artists. Main artist seems to have been Sam Glankoff, who is rep[resented here the most (even if he doesn;t sign). But I see other hands as well. I just can't recognize any of the, I think these stories were recut for use in the comic book version. Maybe one day I should do a search on the Grand Comicbook Database.

I am ending with a selection of black and white pages from an online source, which I have left uncut.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Salt Water Salesmen

Wednesday Advertising Day.

In at least one interview Stan Drake claimed he was allowed to sign his ads for Johnstone and Cushing. I have never found a signature, not even in his series of Ipana ads. I think he also did the unsigned Sal Hepatica ads for the same manufacturor and have shown some before. Here are two, that look a bit odd though. The first one is definitively his, but I am not sure if he inked it himself. The second may be his, but seems to have been inked by Jack Betts. Sal hepatica was an interesting product - a laxative mineral salt that, when dissolved in water, reproduced the taste and effects of the natural mineral waters of Bohemia.It's manufacturer Bristol and Myers dropped the produt in 1960 but went on to become Squibb, one of the biggest farmaceutical companies.

It's Her Again

Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

It's Me, Dilly is a delightful and late entry in the 'pretty girl in Hollywood' genre that came up regularly in comics and newspaper strips in the fifties. I guess one of the precursors would e the successful radio show and movie series My Friend Irma, although I guess there are more examples of ditzy blondes. Dilly, though, distinguishes itself because it's heroine is not dumb. At least not all the time. Conceived by Alfred Andriola and Mel Casson, but actually drawn by Andriola's Kerry Drake assistant Sururi Gumen. I have shown this strip before, but never so many dailies.