Thursday, April 28, 2016

Four Favorites

Monday Cartoon Day.

I have been trying to get my 1949/1952 run of gags magazine complete. I have all of 1951 and 1952, but I am still missing most from 1949/1950. All I have is Sept 1949 and May, September, November and December 1950. If you have any of the others please contact me (or don't bid against me on Ebay). What do I do with them? Well, after scanning all of the Mort Walker and Hank Ketcham cartoons, these are the four guys I watch out for... from the November 1950 issue...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Three Faces Of Mort

Sunday Meskin Measures.

What makes Young Brides such a desirable comic book for Mort Meskin collectors is that later in the run he drew so many cover for it, some of them the best he ever did. Here is the cover for #16, followed by two stories from #17. The first seems to be a clear (late) sample of George Roussos inking Meskin, or at least assisting him. Or maybe Meskin tried a lighter touch and Roussos was asked to beef it up. The second one has a couple of very weird faces that make me wonder if it isn't Meskin inking and repairing someone else's poor pencilling job. Anyway, neither have the solid slickness of the cover.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

It's A Terry Terry Terry Thomas

Saturday Leftover Day.

Two more comedian strips from the British Film Fun magazine. This time it's British and American favorite Terry-Thomas. One of the funniest comedian/actors ever.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Duck Rabbit, Duck

Friday Comic Book Day.

It's been a while since I last showed some work by wonky cartoonist Irv Spector. After sharing a couple of Coogy Sundays and some of his earliest and latest comic book work, I ran out of stuff and thought I might have exhausted the well. This week, the Digital Comic Museum upload two more issues of Standard's Lucky Duck, both with many Spector stoies. Best know for his later work as a storyboarder for television cartoons, his work from the fifties has a remarkable weirdness. No wonder many of the more offbeat animators of the last few decades (including John Kricfalusi) admire his work. It has a touch of Walt Kelly, mixed with a little bit of Harvey Kurtzman and a dollop of Virgil Partch. If you haven't seen Coogy, follow the link below and join me in championing a complete reedition of that masterpiece. Or just enjoy these stories.