Saturday, June 19, 2010
Why the Examiner decided to make sport of Walter Hoff Seely's theatrical debut I don't know, but they had so much fun taking him to task that the accompanying article never gets around to naming the play.
Labels: Herriman's LA Examiner Cartoons
Friday, June 18, 2010
Obscurity of the Day: Runaway Ruth
Probably the first of the Russell Patterson magazine cover series, Runaway Ruth started sometime in or before March and ran until June 23 of 1929. It was distributed by Hearst's International Feature Service.
Today a cartoonist starts from the simplified line and has little to develop, so they mostly all draw the same way.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Obscurity of the Day: Dummydom
Dummydom's main characters are those wooden puppets with strings that make their limbs move. I know there must be a term for these -- not marionettes I suppose because these aren't nearly that complex and they have a base to keep them vertical. Anyhow, Rigby got some good mileage out of these and other types of toys making guest appearances. Sort of Toy Story for the turn-of-the-century crowd.
The feature ran in the World from November 25 1900 to May 5 1901.
Thanks to Cole Johnson for the scans!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Obscurity of the Day: Dizzy Dramas
The strip normally used stick figures for characters and large lettering (our second example above is an unusual entry with detailed art) so it could be easily read where it typically lurked down at the bottom of the page. The gags were simple and didn't use continuing characters. Although the feature was a daily, few papers ran it more than once a week. However, some papers would run a whole weeks worth on Sundays by pasting a strip on the bottom of each page of the Sunday comics section.
Dizzy Dramas was distributed by the Ledger Syndicate of Philadelphia, and they initially ran it in their tabloid paper, the Philadelphia Sun. The feature started there on February 7 1927, though a contemporary article in Editor & Publisher cites a start date sometime in January. Eventually the long-running strip was moved over to the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, where it ended on May 2 1942. Although this was probably the end of new material, the strip was sold in reprints for many years. I've seen it appearing as late as 1957.
The strip was credited to Joe Bowers, but Cole Johnson says that F. O. Alexander told him it "was a pseudonym for a fellow with an Italian name, which I've conveniently forgotten now."
Trenton Evening Times
May 12, 1943
Comics Artist Killed on Camp Rifle Range
Philadelphia, May 12 (AP).
Hugh J. Deeney, 41, Philadelphia artist, who drew
the comic strip "Dizzy Dramas" under the name
Joe Bowers, was killed accidentally yesterday on
the rifle range of Camp Blanding, Fla., the War
Department notified his family.
Hugh was actually 49 at the time of his death.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Obscurity of the Day: The Baby
Here's a short-lived series that appeared in the top-of-the-line version of the McClure Sunday comics section (the one with Billy Bounce, Simon Simple, etc.).The Baby ran from December 25 1904 to March 5 1905. The feature was never signed, and I tend towards it being by a cartoonist not in the usual McClure creator corral, while Cole Johnson suggests it might be Mark Fenderson's work. The ugly mug on that baby does put me in mind of Fenderson, so Cole may well be right (as usual).
Thanks to Cole for the scan!
Rea Irvin's strip that started in 1930 was "The Smythes", syndicated by the NY Tribune. Beautifully drawn, as was anything by Irvin.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics
Labels: Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics