Tuesday, June 28, 2016


Saturday Leftover Day.

Before becoming the publisher and driving force behind the mmost famous crime comics of the forties Lev Gleason was best know as a left wing publisher. My friend Ken Quattro has written one of his famous well researched pieces about him on his blog The Comics Detective: http://thecomicsdetective.blogspot.nl/2011/07/mr-gleason-are-you-now-or-have-you-ever.html

One of his publications (or at least, as a collaborator) was the left wing news weekly Friday. I know he hardly ever used comics in there and I don;t think anyone has ever seen one of his later artists there, but here is a nice (crime) feature he did in a November 1944 issue. The artist Carl Becker is not someone we know from comics and sadly there are too many Carl Beckers on the Internet for me to find which one this would be.

Teen Powell

Friday Comic Book Day.

For most of the sixties Bob Powell had disappeared into his work for Sick (with a few small sidesteps as a magazine illustrator). I have written an article for Alter Ego about his last few years as an active artist which I hope oy Thomas will soon be able to publish (but I have written more than one article for him, at least one of which will come sooner). When Sick crimbled in the mid-sixties (and before he was diagnozed with cander) he had to go out and look for new accounts. One of these was with the youth magazine Teen Life, where former Miss America editor Bessy Little was in charge. She hired him to illustrate a teen strip called Teena-a-gogo, which soon was turned into a newspaper strips as well. Though shortrun, I have ben able to show a lot of those (though sadly not all the Sunday pages, which I am still looking for). Before that he did a couple of one-off strips for Teen Life. Maybe these were his first work for the magazine. Anyway, if we can classify hs later worked as mostly forgotten, strips like this are firtually unknown.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Go Go Chicago

Thursday Story Strip Day.

Jed Cooper was a staple of the fifties and appeared two papers from which I have large runs, but mostly from the later fifties. I never actually scanned it, because I found it a poor cousin to the Milton Caniff influenced strips and it's historical subject made it slightly boring. But when I came across the first few years of Richard Martin (Dick) Fletcher and Loyd Wendt' Sunday only strip, I changed my mind. At least it looked gorgeous back then. Fletcher also did Sugeon Stone before this strip, from which I have pretty much the whole run and will show some day in the future. Loyd Wendt was a Chicago journalist. It struck me that his last name is the same as Chicago born Cheers actor George Wendt, but there seems to be no connection.

Ad Add

Wednesday Advertising Day.

An interesting selection of comic strip ads I took from the website of the Chicago Tribune. Most of these are from series I have covered before (and I intend to make 'complete' collections of each of them). It was interesting to see how many weekly ads in the daily format were made in 1948/1952, explaining how some of the talent involved filled their week.

First off a daily ad by Harry Haenigson. It is know he worked for Johnstone and Cushing and some people have proposed that some of the ads I have attributed to either Dik Browne or Gill Fox (or indeed the both together) in his style were by Haenigson himself. Here we see that he was a lot less slick than Browne and/or Fox made him out to be.

Several artists worked on the Bond Street ads that were always used underneath Lou Fine's Philip Morris series. But this is the first by Jack Betts I have seen. This, like the next one, may look like a daily ad, but it was in color and one tier.

Bond Street by Frank Robbins.

Camels by Jack Betts, another rarity.

Pul Fung sr. has been suggested for this ad series. It certainly is too early for Paul Fung Jr. to have drawn this.

Jack Betts again, possibly inked by someone else.

Despite the fact that I have gone back and forth about who might have drawn this, all signs now point toward Paul Fung Jr. who drew the magnificently animated Blondie Sundays in the fifties.

An artist working in this style signes it Sargent elswhere.

So here we have either Dik Browne of Gill Box or both doing Haenigson for this delightful series I though I had completed.

Nestlé was Jack Betts' bread and butter.

I wish I had a complete set of these longrunning Pepsi Cops. These seem to be by Mal Eaton.

This earlier color sample may be by the originator of the series, Rube Goldberg.

But this one is certainly by Goldberg. Most old comic book collectors know the strip, because like Captain Tootsie and Lou Fine's Wildroot ads, it was recut and used in many different comics of the forties.

Philip Morris by Lou Fine. Follow the link for a longer post with all I have.

Postum was Lou Fine's other account.

Stan Drake is supposed to have done the Ipana Sundays, so maybe he did this one too.

Meanwhile, Somewhere Else In The Net...

Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

In Dutch we have a greta word for fish fishermen catch while they are actually fishing for something else. Google Translate tells me in English it is called bycatch, but I have actually never heard or seen it used. So here is the bycatch I didwhile scanning some larger projects: to Sundays of Mr. Mum and two from Ponytail. Biot illustrating why I find the period at the end of the fifties and the beginning of the sixties one of the most exciting.

I Salute You

Wednesday Cartoon Day.

When I first saw these General Misschief cartoon sin Amrican Legion, I immediately recognized them as the work of on eof my favorite 'weird' newpaper strip artists, Sam Brier. I discovered his delightful strip Small World in bound volumes of the European edition of the Herald Tribune in the University library years ago. It features little kids in their parents clothing playing ordinary married life jokes. The trick of doing it with children dressed up as adults, makes it work very well. Apparently, he was doing similar stuff when he was still a cartoonist. And apparently he was signing his fill name, rather then the Abbriates Sam Briers. The Who's Who of comic strips tells me he was from Montreal which explains a lot.. but not everything.

Heavy Helping

Sunday Meskin Measures.

In Headline #50 we get Mort Mesking with George Roussos giving a hand.