Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Assistant Did It

Sunday Robinson Review.

Continuing my run of Jerry Robinson drawn four pager with Bruce Wayne's butler from Batman Comics #26.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

They Should Be On TV

Saturday Leftover Day.

Last week I showed you a couple of pages from the British magazine Film Fun featuring Tommy Cooper. Here are two other old comedy favorites in a complete four page story: Tony Hancock and Syd James.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

The Cuban Connection

Friday Comic Book Day.

I am still selling my comics on eBay. In the course of preparing those pages, I come across stuff I forgot I had. One of those is a find I did years ago, a story in Prize's Justice Traps the Guilty I believe to be by Ric Estrada. Estrada is a respected artis who today is mostly remembered for his work vaguely Tothlike at the DC war titles in the sixties. BUt he was around before that, even doing a story for Harvey Kurtzman at EC about Cuban fighters. In the late fifties he went to Germany for two years, as I recently found out because he was a Mormon and was doing his regular duty to go from door to door there. Before that very little of his career was known, until I found that he had drawn more than half of the two first issues of Mad magazine imitator Frantic. You will find some of those pages in my book Behaving Madly (linked on the right) and I will add one I didn't use to this post. Even then I knew about the Justice Traps the Guilty story, but I couldn't find it in any of my books anymore. So there I was scanning for a set of British JTTG reprints, when it turned up in black and white. I immediately made photos and for this blog I went to the Digital Comics Museum and got the proper scanned version in color as well, from Justice Traps the Guilty #77. It shows the slightly flowery style Estrada used in some of his other comic book work a couple of years before that (which you will find if you follow the Estrada link below).

As a sidenote, Mort Meskin lovers will see that some of the panels are fully redone, probably because of some comic code requesed rewrite. Maybe Estrada had already left for Germany and wasn't available. The Frantic pieces are unsigned, while most of Estrada's work for Frantic was, which is the mean reason I did not used this in the book. But it looks lovely, doesn't it?

Thursday Friday

Thursday Comic Book Day.

During this year I have been showing quite a large run of John Spranger and cartoonist Lariar's detective adventure strip Bodyguard, which later changed it's name to Ben Friday. Here are the last of the Ben Friday Sundays I have, but fear not. The series was continued as The Bantam Prince, whose character was already introduced in Ben Friday. He was replaced there by Carl Pfeuer on July 8 1951, but more on that when we get there. I am not completely sure where the name change occurred, because my Ben Fridays end here on October 8 and start with The Bantam Prince on October 29.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Everywhere You Look

Wednesday Advertising Day.

Some newspaper ads, most probably from the famous Johnstone and Cushing agency.

I normally don't scan stuff that is cut, but I think these late fifties Camels ads by Dik Browne are so nice and so rare, that I am sharing this one from the bak of another strip anyway. Note that it is from 1959, so well into Browne's run of Hi and Lois (daily and Sunday, while he was also doing a weekly strip for the Boy's Life comic section). Most have been a very well paying assignment.

Between 1940 and 1945 Camels were doing their famous celebrity assignment strips. After that, they diversivied. First they had Bob Buggs Sgt. Bilko ads and later the square ones by Dik Brown. But they didn't own the celebrity endorsement idea. They were all over popular culture, including newspaper comic strip ads. So these ones are for all the Peggy Lee and Fontaine sisters fans out there.

Just a seperate and rather bland one, which sems to me to be by Elmer Wexler.

And aother bland one, which is by an unexpected visitor at Johnstone and Cushing, signing NC. Comic book (and Batman) fans know this is Nick Cardy, who did a lot of work on J&C's comic book section in Boy's Life and later joined his fellow J&C regular Neal Adams at DC doing Batman and horror covers.

And finally a sample of what I call the Rosetta stone series of ads for the Smith Brothers black coughdrops. It showcases the same style as the Lipton Tea ads, which always seeed to me to be by Dik Browne and Gill Fox imitating the Harry Haenigson style. In the Smith Brotehrs ads you can see three styles, the first unsigned - which seems like the Lipton Tea ads, the second signed by Gill Fox - which is like the Lipton Tea style but slightly different and the third signed by Bill Williams - who took over a couple of Dik Browne's accounts when he left for Hi and Lois.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

A Chappie, A Sappy and a Poppy

Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

Thimble Theatre and Popeye's daddy Elzie Segar started out doing Charlie Chaplin strips and I found a few.

Thimble Theatre itself wasn't too bad either before Popeye came on and stole the show.