A Pair of Mysteries

The Stripper would like some Christmas presents from his readers.As always, the stocking stuffers I crave are answers to my newspaper comics questions. Here are two that have me stumped right now. Can you help?


MYSTERY #1

I have three weeks of 1966 proof sheets for a panel cartoon titled Washington Razzle-Dazzle. It was distributed by Nonpariel Features out of Canton Ohio and the panel creators were Erlyn L. Smith and C. Winebrenner.

The feature sports ‘gags’ that are more like the fumings of a spittin’ mad Tea Partier than anything resembling actual jokes — these guys were way ahead of their time!

Can you shed light on any aspect of this? I know nothing of Nonpariel Features, or the creators, or the panel itself. Have you seen it running anywhere?

MYSTERY #2

This gaggle of gags is from the Fort Gibson (OK) Times, December 4 1991. They are all copyrighted to The Comic Factory, which I’m guessing was run by Ed Gillum. Gillum signed Winston and The Jones Sisters, and both Punchline by Chris Johnson and Gaggles by Francis sure look like they are by Gillum working under pseudonyms. Outer Limits, signed Ron Wilson, is a little harder to tell because the figures are so small I can’t really get a sense of the art style.

A photocopy of this page from the Fort Gibson Times was sent to me by a correspondent, but I’ve asked him several times for more information (like — did these run more than once?) and I get no answer. I’ve also sent an email to an artist named Ed Gillum in California asking if he’s the same guy who ran the Comic Factory, but have heard nothing back. So, does anyone have any information to break this conspiracy of silence??

Mystery Strip: Marge by Russell Cole

Looking for help on this one, folks. Just received a pile of newspaper clippings. The collection focused on sports, but there were some rare strips that came along for the ride. This one above, though, I can’t ID. This strip was printed in a tabloid size rotogravure section in either late September or early October 1929.

The page gives no indication of the newspaper, but most of the collection comes from New York papers, so I’m betting it’s from the Evening Graphic, the Daily News or the Mirror. Many of the roto photos are credited to P & A Photos, but that doesn’t help me any.

The signature is covered with bandage tape (the whole page is edged with the stuff) but with the aid of a bright light and magnifying glass I managed to determine it is by Russell Cole. I lose track of him after 1926, though, when he was doing a feature for Editors Syndicate.

So can anyone ID the newspaper and, even better, confirm that this was a series, not a one-shot? Comics rarely ran in rotogravure sections, so this one is quite the oddball.

News of Yore: More E&P Mystery Features

Here’s another few short articles from Editor & Publisher, each of which discusses a feature I’ve so far been unable to locate. Have you seen any of them?

4/13/29 – Bell Syndicate, Inc. has started a new daily continuity strip, called “Tark.” It is drawn by Aslan Bey and the continuity is written by J. Kenneth Jovey. The central character is a detective.

3/22/30 – A local cartoon strip, done by Dennis McCarthy, has been added to the San Francisco News. Each day, McCarthy interviews some prominent San Franciscan and tells the story in a picture strip.

9/26/36 – (Hopkins Syndicate ad) — Pictur-Grams are a new kind of cartoons. Here are cartoons that not only produce laughs but have a definite educational value — build vocabulary. Johnny Stork with his simple wisecracks is always corrected by Sammy Bear who knows the right word for everything. Their remarks greatly enliven this entirely new type of gag-cartoons, securing reader interest for the whole family. (The sample cartoon was credited to ‘Eisenzoph’)

Mystery Strips of E&P – “P” Listings

As you’ll no doubt recall from previous installments of this series, the following features were all listed in the Editor & Publisher annual Syndicate Directory listings. Problem is that I have not been able to find these ones in any American newspaper. I’m looking for positive proof that (1) these features did indeed exist, (2) they are actually comics of some sort and weren’t just mislabeled in E&P, and (3) they ran in U.S. newspapers. If you have any information about any mystery strip on this list please, please, please tell me all about it. And if you can provide positive proof that the mystery feature did indeed run in U.S. newspapers (a tearsheet is ideal proof) and qualifies for listing in the Stripper’s Guide index, you can be the recipient of a goodie box chock full of all manner of comic strip ephemera — could be reprint books, old tearsheets, magazines, original art or all of the above. Trust me that my goodie boxes do not disappoint!

If you prefer to contact me privately rather than posting a comment on the blog, send it to stripper@rtsco.com. Please be sure to mention Stripper’s Guide in your subject line or I may miss your message in amongst all the spam.

Here’s the mystery features starting with letter “P” as in “please get me off this list!”. Each listing has the title, years advertised, creator(s), syndicate and format. Sorry, I’d put these in a more attractive tabular form, but Blogger plays havoc with tables:

P.J. Abominable, 1968, John Gallagher, United Feature Syndicate, daily strip
The PO Box, 1993-97, Earl T. Musick, self-syndicated, weekly (author says it sold primarily to specialty publications – thanks Earl!)
Pa and Abie, 1926, Russell, Wheeler-Nicholson, daily strip
Pa and Ma, 1926, Voorhees, John F. Dille, daily strip
Padded Cell, 1942, Charles J. Dunn, Watkins Syndicate, daily panel
Paddy Pigg, 1937, Richard Decker, Allied Features, daily and Sunday strip
A Page For Every Age, 1936, G. Melikov, Nu-Way Features, weekly strip
Pan-Dee-Monium, 1982, Jackson Gray, Mid-Continent Features, daily strip
Pandora, 1948, Kaye Spence, Press Features, daily panel
Panel of Fun, 1939, C. Decker, Bell SYndicate, daily panel
Pantomime, 1975, Sara Black, Spadea Syndicate, daily panel
Paperclips, 1981, Doug Brunner, Community Features, thrice weekly
Paradise Park, 1994-99, R. Claude, Singer Media, weekly strip
Parents Plus, 1968-69, Justin Manning, Four Corners Syndicate, weekly panel
Parking Space, 1931, Russell Askue, McClure Syndicate, daily panel
Party Gators, 1998-2004, Elaine Sandra Abramson, A&A, weekly strip
Party Ranks, 1986-87, Mike Pascal and Joe Stuart, JSA Publications, daily/weekly strip
Pat the Paris Shopper, 1932-35, Joan Carson, John F. Dille, daily strip (fashion feature?)
Patent Nonsense, 1999, Roy Doty, Paradigm-TSA, daily strip
The Patsy, 1933-34, Irma Harms, Thompson Service, daily strip
Patterson’s People, 1968-73, Gene Patterson, Allied Features, daily panel
Patty Lee, 1933, Edwin Finch, Henle Features, daily
Peanut Butter Soup, 1990-92, Joe Amadeo and Tom Kerr, Syndicated News Service, weekly
Pebbles, 1951, Henry Boye, McClure Syndicate, daily panel
Pee Wee’s Pencil, 1979, Joe Rice, Copley News Service, daily and Sunday panel
Peeping Tom, 1981, C. Crist, Globe Syndicate, weekly strip
Peg, Ann & Barbara, 1928-30, Mabel Whitney, International Syndicate, daily panel
The Pennypockets, 1939, Wes Dennis, Consolidated News Features, daily strip
People & Things, 1940, Prescott Chaplin, Bell Syndicate, daily/weekly strip (likely illustrated column)
PeraNormal, 1996-98, Jim Pera, Second Ring Syndicate, weekly strip
Percy’s World, 1961, Howie Schneider, Page One Syndicate, daily strip
Perfect Couple, 1986, Rick Geary, Copley News Service, twice weekly strip
Peter Panic, 1973-2003, Lo Linkert, Singer Media, daily/weekly panel
Peter Pupp, 1937-39, Bob Kane, Eisner-Iger Associates, weekly strip
Petey, 1935, Lou Darvas, Thompson Service, daily panel
Pews, 1982-85, Joe McKeever, Copley News Service, weekly panel [Charles Brubaker reports that McKeever says he never saw the panel in print — Copley told him they didn’t know which papers, if any, actually ran it]
Phil Ossifer, 1934-36, Clyde Campbell and O. DeCaillet, Thompson Service, daily panel
Phillip’s Flock, 1968-85, Doc Goodwin, Dispatch Features, Sunday strip (presumably originated at Columbus Dispatch)
Phoney Photos, 1925, Bret Hart Jr., Readers Syndicate, daily panel
Phrog, 1985-86, George Albitz, Al Smith Service, weekly strip
Phyllis, 1939, Bernard Baily, Keystone Press Features, daily strip
Pig Newton, 1983, Mal Hancock, Field Newspaper Syndicate, daily panel/Sunday strip
Pilot Storm, 1959-72, Henk Sprenger, Douglas Whiting, daily strip (Dutch – appeared in U.S.?)
Pinhead Pete, 1928-31, uncredited, Premier Syndicate, weekly panel (found! by Bill Mullins in Cleveland Plain Dealer and Portland Oregonian — thanks Bill!)
Pinny and his Pals, 1937, Barney Bravman, Foreign Press Syndicate, daily/weekly strip
Pipe Dreams, 1957-63, Rud, Sun News Features, daily/Sunday panel
The Pit, 1957, Morris Turner, Pioneer Press Service, daily panel
Pixel, 1985, Frank Hill and Ted Mancuso, Al Smith Service, weekly strip
Playmates, 1924-25, Lloyd Jones and H.F. Voorhees, John F. Dille, daily strip
Plympton, 1978-81, Bill Plympton, self-syndicated/Universal Press Syndicate, weekly-4 times weekly panel (possibly political cartoon)
Pollutocrats, 1972, Larkin and Gordon, Allied Feature Syndicate, daily panel
Polly Esther, 1971, Ed McNally, Chicago Tribune-NY News Syndicate, daily panel
Polymericks, 1978, Steve McKinstry, Enterprise Features, 3 times weekly panel
Ponder This, 1965, Leonard Andrews, Chicago Tribune-NY News Syndicate, daily
Poor Little Rich Man, 1948, Courtney Dunkel, Chicago Tribune-NY News Syndicate, daily panel
Pop Winters, 1935, Cliff Knight, Triton Syndicate, daily panel
Possum Holler, 1936, Boody Rogers, McClure SYndicate, daily strip
Pre-Columbian Mysteries, 1976, Mario Bertolini, Ed Marzola & Associates, daily strip
Prince, 1986, Winthrop Prince, Chronicle Features, weekly panel (author says it was syndicated as Free Zone to several papers and appeared in the SF Chronicle under this title – thanks Winthrop!)
Private Stuff, 1953, Jack O’Brien, Editors Syndicate, daily panel
Professor Naturebug, 1971, John Hazlett and Edward Thomas, Dispatch Features, Sunday strip
Professor Pi, 1959-72, V.T.Born, Douglas Whiting, daily strip (Dutch – appeared in U.S.?)
Professor Unquote, 1948, Bill Henry, Globe Syndicate, daily strip
Proven Proverbs, 1962, Bill Zaboly and William Davy, Select Features, daily panel
Pud, 1989-98, Steven Nease, Southam Syndicate/Liberty Features, daily strip (Canadian – appeared in U.S.?)
Punch Line, 1975-78, Palbo, Community Press Service, weekly panel
Punchline, 1995-96, Tim Newlin, self-syndicated, Sunday strip
Punchy and Judy, 1945, Loy Byrnes, NY Post, daily strip (found! in NY Post)
Puzzy, 1953, Jack Fitch, Editors Syndicate, daily panel

Mystery Strip Clues

Anthony Sciarrino writes me with some tantalizing information about a pair of Mystery Strips. He tells me that he went to an estate sale in St. Louis (MO) and purchased some original art from two of my mystery strips, Doctor Sam and the Space Monsters and Julian of the Jungle. Both strips were, according to their E&P listings, syndicated by something called the Editorial Board Syndicate.

The Editorial Board Syndicate was based in St. Louis, so that fits well, and they offered three strips from 1967-69; the third was something called Riff McTic. All three strips were advertised as both daily and Sunday.

Here are some pics of the Doctor Sam and the Space Monsters strip. Sciarrino found both a Sunday and some dailies, plus a color proofsheet of the Sunday:









And here are some pics of Julian of the Jungle, he just got a Sunday strip of this title:




Now none of the above would be of all that great an interest to me. There’s plenty of original art out there for strips that were never published. What heightens my interest is that Sciarrino says that there were also some newspaper tearsheets of the Julian of the Jungle strip at the sale. Unfortunately he did not take the tearsheets and apparently only gave them a cursory look because he cannot remember the name of the paper that they are from. He provides this tantalizing but inconclusive picture that he took at the sale:


So we’re left with tantalizing but inconclusive evidence that at least one of the strips, and probably all three, were in fact taken by at least one paper. But without knowing what paper they appeared in (and for all we know it was just an underground or school paper) we have a painful case of cartoonus interruptus.

Can anyone provide further clues? Does anyone know the whereabouts of the principals of the syndicate, James Westermann, Darryl Martin, Kenneth Green, Frederick Taran, or Alex Crosby?

Mystery Strips of E&P – “O” Listings

Tomorrow we’ll start on a program of Christmas posts at the Stripper’s Guide blog, but here’s some mystery strips for you to ponder over the holidays. As you’ll no doubt recall from previous installments of this series, the following features were all listed in the Editor & Publisher annual Syndicate Directory listings. Problem is that I have not been able to find these ones in any American newspaper. I’m looking for positive proof that (1) these features did indeed exist, (2) they are actually comics of some sort and weren’t just mislabeled in E&P, and (3) they ran in U.S. newspapers. If you have any information about any mystery strip on this list please, please, please tell me all about it. And if you can provide positive proof that the mystery feature did indeed run in U.S. newspapers (a tearsheet is ideal proof) and qualifies for listing in the Stripper’s Guide index, you can be the recipient of a goodie box chock full of all manner of comic strip ephemera — could be reprint books, old tearsheets, magazines, original art or all of the above. Trust me that my goodie boxes do not disappoint!

If you prefer to contact me privately rather than posting a comment on the blog, send it to stripper@rtsco.com. Please be sure to mention Stripper’s Guide in your subject line or I may miss your message in amongst all the spam.

Here’s the mystery features starting with letter “O” as in “Oh no! More mysteries!”. Each listing has the title, years advertised, creator(s), syndicate and format. Sorry, I’d put these in a more attractive tabular form, but Blogger plays havoc with tables:

O’Malley’s Law, 1979-83, Scott Smith, Feature Associates, weekly strip
O. Johnny, 1960-63, Ghilchik, Sun News Features, daily strip (British feature by David Ghilchik?)
O.O., 1978-81, Stan Meritakis, self-syndicated, daily strip
Odd But So, 1950-54, Joe Fabian, Words & Pictures Syndicate, daily panel
Odd Ball, 1983-93, J. Kuchera, Oceanic Press Service, weekly strip
Odd Truths, 1935, Carl Kuhn, Thompson Service, daily panel (Canadian?)
Oddities of Nature, 1947-61, Chuck Thorndike, A.S. Curtis Features, weekly panel
Oddities of the News, 1937-42, Al Blum and Alex Boon, General Features, weekly panel
Odditowns, 1935, Mike Brady, Allied Features, daily panel
Oddograms, 1935, James Burke and Edward Mason, Allied Features, daily panel
Offline, 1996-2005, Herb Stansbury, Davy Associates, daily and Sunday strip
Office Frolics, 1979, Art McCourt, Feature Associates, weekly
Oh! Oswald, 1948-52, Jean Leo and Martine Martin, Press Alliance, daily
Olaf, 1961, R.D. Hassler, Chicgo Tribune-NY News Syndicate, daily strip
Old Is, 1979, Dominic Poelsma and Marcella Markham, NY Times Special Features, daily panel
The Old South, 1936, Wilbur G. Kurtz, Triton Syndicate, daily panel
Old Timer, 1939, Ed Wheelan, Bell Syndicate, daily panel
Oliver Twist, 1939, C. David Vormelker, Jolyon Features, daily strip
On The Beat, 1998-99, Oliver Gaspirtz, self-syndicated, weekly panel (apparently a magazine feature, not eligible for SG index)
On The Way Out, 1991, Craig Rogers, Sparks Syndication, weekly
One Liners, 1973, Henny Youngman, N.E. Coan, daily panel
One Up, 1963-66, Lew Saw, National Newspaper Service, daily strip
One For The Road, 1976-79, Kern Pederson, Trans World News, weekly panel
Oscar the Giraffe, 1946, R.S. Matz, Unique Features, daily strip
Oscy, 1985-88, Mike Liper, United Cartoonist Syndicate, daily
Otto Knox, 1924, Sidney Light, Hoosier News Service, panel
Our America, 1938-39, Frederick Polley, Esquire Features, weekly panel
Our Country Cousins, 1939, Joe Buresch, National Art Features, daily panel
Our Faith, 1955-61, Carl Pfeufer, Eric Jon Associates, weekly panel
Our Oscar, 1971, Edgar Allen Jr., Register & Tribune Syndicate, daily panel
Our Paper Boy, 1976-78, Kern Pederson, Trans World News, weekly panel
Our Parish, 1959-79, Peg O’Connell aka Margaret Ahern, National Catholic Welfare Conference, weekly panel
Out Of This World, 1956, Charles Addams, McClure Syndicate, Sunday panel (Found by D.D. Degg in Pasadena Independent – thanks DD!)
Over Fifty, 1989-94, Keith M. Manzella, Newspaper Features, daily strip
Overheard At America’s Lunch Counters, 1985, Susan Catherine, Willow Creek Syndicate, weekly

Mystery Strips of E&P – “N” Listings

I’m back! Didja miss me? I’m still swamped with work but it’s not so ridiculous at this point that eating and sleeping are unattainable luxuries. We’ll start back off with the Editor & Publisher mystery strips starting with the letter “N”. If you don’t know what I mean by mystery strips, or how to get your free goodie boxes by providing proof of the existence of them, go back and read the first mystery list post.

Nanny O’Twinkle, 1948, Larry Reynolds, Press Alliance, daily
Nature Notes, 1939, J.N. Meissner, KNM, thrice weekly panel
Nature’s Notebook, 1929, Frank Thorne, Science Service, daily
Nature-Tomes, 1970, Ficklen and Raynor, Avalon Features, daily panel
The Newlyweds, 1993-96, Mike Brown and Charlie Michaels, Family Matters Publications, weekly
Nehi and Skyhi, 1937, Joe Buresch, Thompson Service, daily strip
Nellie’s Notebook, 1966, Art Gates, Chicago Tribune, daily panel
Nelly Newcook, 1938, Jessie A. Knox, Our Family Food, weekly strip
The Nerve of Some People, 1945-46, Ed Sullivan, Associated Features, daily panel
The Nest, 1985, Mario and Nancy Risso, Mercury Features, daily strip
The Neutrons, 1980-81, Stan Meritakis, self-syndicated, weekly
Never Land, 1980, Eddie Pipe, Allied Press International, daily panel
New Dialogue For Old Movies, 1967-68, uncredited, C-K Special Features, daily panel
New Jersey Subjects, 1969, Gar Schmitt, self-syndicated, weekly panel
New Outlook, 1949-50, Jack Fitch, A.S. Curtis Features, daily panel
Newbies, 2000-present, John Kovalic and Liz Rathke, Shetland Productions, weekly strip (web only?)
Next of Kin, 2000-present, Clinton Harmon, Clintoons, weekly strip
Nextdoor Neighbor, 1947, Bill Nickel, Editorial Services, weekly panel
Nice Weekend, 1978, Joe Mahoney, Community & Suburban Press Service, weekly panel
Nick Ryan – The Skull, 1993-94, Kevin Miller and David Watkins, Suzerain Group, daily strip
Night Riders, 1940, Ralph Matz, Miller Features, daily strip
Nighlife, 1983-84, Georgeson, Superior Features, weekly panel
Nimon’s Island, 1997-99, Kevin Donahue, Ctoons Studios, daily and Sunday strip [apparently a web-only strip according to comments below]
Nimrod, 1990-2003, Morrie Turner, Worldwide Media, daily strip
Nip and Tuck, 1936-39, Bess Goe Willis, Ledger Syndicate, weekly strip [do have the version that was apparently a local strip in the Boston Post 1942-43]
Nip and Tuck, 1963-69, Fred Treadgold, Singer Features, weekly strip
No Rodeo, 2001-present, Robert Berardi, self-syndicated, daily and Sunday strip (probable web-only feature)
The Noob, 1994, uncredited, LA Times Syndicate, daily (now a webcomic)
Noodles, 1978-79, Robert Righetti, Danny Ball Productions, weekly panel
Not Too Smart, 1993-94, Charles McDonel, Comic Art Therapy, daily
Nully Fy, 1971, M. Sitton, Winford Company Features, daily strip (never published according tto Alter Ego article – see comment below)
Nutty Nature, 1983-99, Fallon and Pracy, BP Singer Features, weekly strip

E&P Mystery Strips – “M” Listings

After a loooong layoff in the mystery strip listings, here’s my list for letter M. Rather than rehashing what this list represents I refer you to this post that explains all.

As usual I’m looking for proof that any of these features ran in U.S. newspapers. Proof must be in the form of tearsheets from a newspaper. For the purposes of listing features in the Stripper’s Guide Index documentary proof is needed. If you don’t have any samples you can scan or photocopy for me but do know where a mystery strip ran, please let me know the name of the paper and I’ll try to get hold of the microfilm to verify it.

Don’t forget that if you can supply proof that a title listed below did indeed run you get not just my gratitude (cash value 1/20th of a cent) but also a goodie box of neat comic strip related stuff (vintage tearsheets, reprint books, even original art find their way into these) for your trouble.

MD – James Whatley – Interpress – weekly panel – 1974-82
Modern Oxygen / MO – Marc A. Vargas – American International Syndicate – daily panel – 1993-94
Machamer’s Corner – Gene Machamer – Dickson-Bennett – daily panel – 1981-82
Machine Head – Syder Webb – Copley News – weekly strip – 1987-88
Mad Lewis Mad Caps – Fred Lewis – American International Syndicate – daily strip – 1988-90
Madge the Badge – Al Liederman – Trans World News – daily strip – 1978-79
Maggie McSnoot – uncredited – Ledger Syndicate – daily strip – 1945-50
Malfunction Junction – Mal Hancock – Whitegate Features – daily – 1990-93
Mama’s Boy – Will Gould – Kay Features – daily strip – 1931
A Man Called Horace – Andrew Christine and Roger Kettle – North America Syndicate – daily strip – 1992-98 (British strip)
Man in the Street – Jett Black – Schwartz Cartoon Service – daily strip – 1928
Man’s Wings – John McCormick and J.M. Richardson – King Features – daily strip – 1929-33
Mandy Capp – Carla Ostrer – North America Syndicate – daily strip – 1997-98 (British strip)
Manny From Mars – Fred Treadgold – BP Singer Features – weekly panel – 1963-69
March of Science – John I. Hudson – Science Service – daily panel – 1936-38
Margie – Stanley Metz – Century Features – daily panel – 1937-38
Maria – Griz – Columbian Comics Syndicate – daily and Sunday strip – 1991-96
Marsh Mellows – Len Borozinski – Copley News Service – daily strip – 1977
Marty – Gerald Bennett and Roy Sanchez – R-GAB Features – daily strip – 1978-79
Marvin – Pat Moran – World News Syndicate – daily panel – 1973
Mary Jane (aka Mary Lou) – Stanley Matz – Matz Features – daily strip – 1936-46
Masked Invaders – William Sherb – Jolyon Features – daily strip – 1939
Masked Marvel – Ben Thompson – Watkins Syndicate – weekly strip – 1939
Masked Pilot – uncredited – Beacon Newspaper Service – daily and Sunday strip – 1940
Mata Hari – J.D. McFarland – self-syndicated – daily strip – 1970
Matt Marriott – Tony Weare – Piccadilly Press – daily strip – 1966-68 (British strip)
Maya – John Heine – Publishers-Hall Syndicate – daily panel – 1973
Mayme The Manicurist – uncredited – Chicago Tribune – daily panel – 1930 (found in NY Daily News)
The McNabs – Leonard Bruce – Leoleen-Durck Creations – daily strip – 1983-88
The Meanest Man In The World – Bob Battle – Transworld Features – daily strip – 1956-59
Memoirs of a Housewife – Juli Tarpin – Lew Little Syndicate – Sunday panel – 1965
Memories of a Former Kid – Bob Artley – Extra Newspaper Features – weekly strip – 1986-95
Men From Mars – Stanley Miller – Unique Features – daily panel – 1945
The Merriers – Stan Campbell – Eric Jon Associates – weekly strip – 1958-62
Merry Mixup – Barbara Jones – Allied Features – daily panel – 1970-71
Merry Moments – Eg Margo – Queen Features – weekly panel – 1939
Merry-Go-Round – Jerry Marcus – Roberts News Service – weekly panel – 1962-67
Michael Brand – William Barry – Adventure Features – daily strip – 1975-76
Miffy – Dudley Buxton – Miller Services – daily strip – 1934
Mighty O’Malley – George Merkle/Dean Miller – Chricago Tribune-NY News Syndicate – Sunday strip – 1947-49
Mike O’Kay – Roberts – Wheeler-Nicholson – daily strip – 1926 (found! in Lowell Sun)
Millie – Roger Mahoney and Andrew Pilcher – North America Syndicate – daily strip – 1992-96 (British strip?)
Milly – C. Decker – Lloyd James Williams Co. – daily panel – 1939
Milo – Ronald Boerem – Danny Ball Productions – weekly strip – 1978-79
Mimi – Mary Dorman – National Newspaper Service – daily panel – 1974
Mind’s Eye – Jerome Chamberlain – Trans-World News Service – daily panel – 1976
Mini-Poster – Don Addis – Willow Creek Syndicate – daily panel – 1969
Minit Movies – Irving Phillips – Thompson Service – daily panel – 1933-34
Minstrel Lore – Robert Larsen – Pat Anderson Features – daily panel – 1976
Mr. Cheerio – Milt Lichtenstein – Leeds Features – daily panel – 1933
Moccasin Trails – Mike Roy – Royal Features – daily panel – 1960-61 (alternate title for Hoss Laffs?)
Modern Planes – Les Marshall – Eisner-Iger Associates – weekly panel – 1937-39
Mojoe – Edward Bryant – self-syndicated – weekly – 1991-92
Mom’s Boarding House – Gerald Bennett – Dickson Features – daily panel – 1979
Mona – uncredited – Vaz Diaz International – daily strip – 1954-69
Moonshines – J.D. McFarland – self-syndicated – weekly strip – 1968-69
Morgan Rogers in Days of Queen Elizabeth – A.S. Curtis – Curtis Features – daily strip – 1949-50
Mother Goose – Eleanor Schorer – Columbia Newspaper Service – weekly strip – 1926-27 (do have the 1915 series)
Motorization of Mr. Man – James Henderson – Ullman Features – weekly panel – 1931
The Mountain Ranger – Ralph Matz – self-syndicated – daily strip – 1940
Movie Epochs – R. Dale Armstrong – Fred Harman Features – daily – 1934
Movie Gig – Jim Richardson – Dickson-Bennett – daily strip – 1983-84
Mr. 2 by 4 – Jack O’Brien – Nationwide Features – daily panel – 1949-50 [Charles Thompson supplies proof that Nationwide was a producer of advertising strips; not eligible for SG listing]
Mr. Big – Tim Newlin – self-syndicated – daily and Sunday strip – 1992
Mr. Dilly – Bil Dwyer – Globe Syndicate – daily strip – 1948
Mr. Housewife – Clayton Strohmeyer – Creators Syndicate – daily and Sunday strip – 2002-03
Mr. Magic – Shirley Spillman – Pacific News Service – daily and Sunday panel – 1961-62
Mr. McCivic, Taxpayer – MEB – Eagle Syndicate – daily strip – 1934 (did NOT run in Brooklyn Eagle)
Mr. Sandman – Frank Vydra – National Newspaper Syndicate – daily and Sunday strip – 1970
Mr. Skooch – Charles Saxton – Atlas Features – weekly strip – 1951-59
Mr. and Mrs. Homer – Everrett Lowry – self-syndicated – weekly panel – 1932
Mrs. Weber’s Diary – Posy Simmonds – Feature Associates – weekly strip – 1983 (British strip)
Muldoon – Bob Meyer – Oceanic Press Service – weekly strip – 1983-95
Murfy – Buzz Gambill – self-syndicated – daily panel – 1994-present
Murphy’s Law – Nick Frising – Allied Features – daily panel – 1979-89
Muscle Movies – uncredited – Wheeler-Nicholson – daily panel – 1926
Musings of the Mad – His Mark – Fine Arts Syndicate – weekly strip – 1932
Musk Malone – Larry McNeil – Midwest Syndicate – daily strip – 1946
My Big Brudder – Frank Engli – Eastern Color Printing – weekly strip – 1930-34
My Stars – Ken Bruns – LA Times Syndicate – daily panel – 1976

E&P Mystery Strips: Letter L

Here are the L for Lost features. Help them find their way off that crazy island!

Laff It Off – Vance van Demark – Thompson Service – daily panel – 1941
Laff Toons – Mike Gray and Bob Moore – Nationwide Features – weekly panel – 1949-50 [Charles Thompson supplies proof that Nationwide was a producer of advertising strips; not eligible for SG listing]
Laff Track – Marty Brucella – R-GAB Features – daily panel – 1980
Lamentin’ Luke – Art Gates – self-syndicated – daily strip – 1956
Land of the Midnight Fun – Sarge O’Neill – Southern Cartoon Syndicate – daily strip – 1974
Larger Than Life – David Gallagher – Public Syndicate – daily panel – 1992-93
Larry Brannon – Winslow Mortimer – National Newspaper Syndicate – daily strip – 1961-68 (Alberto Becattini says it ran in the Toronto Star – did it appear in any US newspapers?)
Lars And June – Ray Rhamey – Ray Gross Enterprises – daily strip – 1977-78
The Last Straw – Dan Juravich – Superior Features – weekly strip – 1983-present
The Late Late War – Fred Fredericks – Adcox Associates – daily strip – 1960 (Alberto Becattini says it ran in the Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal – anyone have samples?)
Laughing Gas – Bill Freyse – Feature Sales Syndicate – daily strip – 1937-38
Laura Good – Ellis Eringer and Russ Manning – Crown Features – Sunday strip – 1960 (Alberto Becattini says it ran in Shopping Bag/Family Funnies, a weekly magazine distributed in southern California supermarkets)
Law And Disorder – George Koukos – Creators Syndicate – daily strip – 2000
The Law – Charles Schwab – Unicorn Features – daily panel – 1972-73
Lefty Betts – Bob York – Globe Syndicate – daily strip – 1948
Legal Laffs – Rube Weiss – Blackstone Press Features – weekly panel – 1971-76
Leisure Hour – Newton Pratt – Globe Syndicate – daily panel – 1950
Lemont Brown – Darrin Bell – Continental News Service – weekly strip – 1996-99 (D.D. Degg says this ran in the UC Berkeley Daily Californian, a college paper, before it was renamed “Candorville” on syndication)
Les Moore – Philip Jewell – self-syndicated – daily panel – 1992-96
Lest We Forget – Joe Archibald – Wheeler-Nicholson – daily panel – 1926
Let’s Go – Grace Brown and Marion Moran – Conde Nast – daily strrip – 1929
Let’s Go Town – William Spear Jr. – Western Newspaper Union – weekly panel – 1927, 1936-37
Li’l Chief Hot-Shot – Frank Stevens – Associated Features – daily and Sunday strip – 1945-46
Li’l Peanut – Lou Paige – Al Smith Service – weekly strip – 1951
Li’l Philosopher – Constance Bannister – Miller Services – daily panel – 1960-62
Libby – Jeff Sinclair – Kartooning Advertising – daily strip – 1980-81
Life Lines – L.C. (Les?) Carroll – Crosby Newspaper Syndicate – daily panel – 1938
Life’s Little Dramas – Bart Hodges Jr. – NY Post Syndicate – twice weekly panel – 1946-47
Life’s Little Temptations – Phil Hummerstone – Words & Pictures Service – daily panel – 1949-50
Life-Laffs – Ralph Hershberger – Century Features – daily panel – 1937
Lippy The Yippy – Sarge O’Neill and Bill Wright – Southern Cartoon Syndicate – daily panel – 1970-76
Listen Ladies – Mark Beebe – NY Herald-Tribune – daily panel – 1953
Little Evy – Evy Caroll – King Features – daily panel – 1945
Little Ezra – Ed Jona – Allied Features – daily/weekly strip – 1938
Little Folks of Circleville – Rome Siemon – N.E.W.S. – daily and Sunday strip – 1949
Little Green Man – Jaime Diaz – Ed Marzola & Associates – daily and Sunday strip – 1976
Little Ideas That Grew Big – Frank Cheesman – North America Sportsmens Bureau – thrice weekly panel – 1938
Little Island – Collins Clive – United Press International – daily strip – 1984
Little Jackie – Stanley Miller – Matz Features – daily strip – 1936
A Little Leary – Bill Leary – National Newspaper Syndicate – daily panel – 1963-86 (doesn’t qualify for listing, art was reused from day to day on this homilies panel – thanks to Bill Mullins for sample)
The Little Major – Bob Kane – General Features – weekly strip – 1937-42
The Little Man – Ray Salmon – self-syndicated – daily panel – 1980-2001
Little Moonfolks – Rome Siemon – Associated Press – daily and Sunday strip – 1952
Little Otto – H.T. Elmo – Wheeler-Nicholson – daily strip – 1926
Little People of the Air – Isabelle Stewart Way – Giblin Features – daily panel – 1925 (doesn’t qualify for listing, turns out to be an illustrated text column about birds – thanks to Bill Mullins for sample)
Little Rodney – Jimmy Caborn – Arthur J. Lafave – weekly panel – 1937-39 (FOUND! in Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Little Rowdies – Marsh and Mulholland – Thompson Service – daily strip – 1934
Little Sampson – Paschall – Graphic Syndicate – daily – 1925
Little Strokes – Elena – self-syndicated – daily and Sunday panel – 1973
Little Wild-Heart – Carl Moon – Independent Syndicate – weekly strip – 1930
Live ‘n Laff – Rube Weiss – Blackstone Press Features – weekly panel – 1967-76 (Found! by Robert Brooke in Eastern Oklahoma Journal)
Live It Up – Tony Victorian – World News Syndicate – daily panel – 1973
Lola – Inigo – Picadilly Press – daily strip – 1966-68
Lonely Heart – Herc Ficklen – Avalon Features – daily panel – 1968-79
Long Shots – Frank Hill – Continental Features – daily panel – 2003-present
Looking Around – Sid Hathaway – Al Smith Service – weekly panel – 1970
Looney Land – Jim Navoni – Premier Syndicate – daily panel – 1926 (FOUND! by Bill Mullins in the Lowell Sun. Thanks Bill!)
Loony Limericks – Jerry Schiller – Blackstone Press – weekly panel – 1957-61
Loop Carew – Ted Miller – Press Alliance – daily – 1940-48
Lord, I Said – Hank Hartmann and Martha Merrill – LA Times Syndicate – daily panel – 1978
The Losers – Bob Kane – Ledger Syndicate – daily panel – 1966
Love And Laughter – Maria Molnar – Oceanic Press Serv ice – weekly strip – 1983-95
Love, Love, Love – Chuck and Gwen Bowen – Universal Press – daily panel – 1970-71 (found! in Sacramento Union)
Lucky Breaks – C.R. Miller – Distinctive Features – daily panel, Sunday strip – 1930

Mystery Strips of E&P – “G” Listings

More mystery strips, today the letter G.

G. Whiskers – Geoffrey Foladeri – Press Alliance – daily strip – 1940-58 (found! by Cole Johnson in NY Post, SF Chronicle, New Hampshire’s L’Avenir Nationale)
Galloping Galaxies – Lillian Bono – self-syndicated – weekly strip – 1983-84
G.R.A.B. – David Dunning, Sally Wilson – self-syndicated – weekly panel – 1978-79
Gabby Flynn – Ken Ernst – Watkins Syndicate – weekly strip – 1939
Gabe & Loki – Ross Bunch – Centurion Press – daily strip – 1972-78
The Games Afoot, The Sherlock Holmes Crime Scene Chronicle – Howard Bender, Jack Harris – Singer Media – 1996-2003
Garden State Digest – Gar Schmitt – self-syndicated – weekly panel – 1969
Gargoyle And Gadget – E.B. Sullivan – National Newspaper Syndicate – daily strip – 1936-45
General Friendship – McCann & Tepper – United Feature Syndicate – Sunday strip – 1946
Generation Gap – Kennison Keene – Community & Suburban Press – weekly panel – 1971 (found! in Nashua Reporter)
Geographic Oddities – Leon A. Dickinson – Queen Features – weekly panel – 1939
George – George Wolfe – Al Smith Service – weekly panel – 1969
George And Jacques – Adrian Raeside – Miller Services – daily strip – 1979 (Charles Brubaker asked Raeside about this strip, turns out in ran only in the Toronto Star, thus doesn’t qualify for Stripper’s Guide indexing)
Georgi – Sharaga Caltoon – American Internation Syndicate – weekly strip – 1992-94
Geraldine – Mike Rose – Atlas Features – weekly strip – 1951-59
Geriatrix – Paul Norris, Lyle Swigart – Copley News Service – weekly panel – 1978-85 (existence verified by DD Degg in Oswego County Messenger – thanks DD!)
Gerties Gig – Suzanne Farrow – LA Times Syndicate – daily panel – 1976
The Ghost Rider – Stanley Matz – self-syndicated – daily strip – 1939
Ghoulsville – Peter Garvey – Trans World News – daily panel – 1976
Giggle Gags – Cecil Danner – Paramount Syndicate – daily panel – 1938
The Gilmore Brothers’ Music Scene – Douglas and Keith Gilmore – Telstar – weekly strip – 1975
Ginger – Gene McNerney Jr – Watkins Syndicate – daily strip – 1936
Ginger Blue – Al Carreno – Al Smith Service – weekly strip – 1954 Found! by JohnAdcock in Hory County News
Gino – Gene Machamer – self-syndicated – daily panel – 1982-91
Girl About Town – Melisse – United Feature Syndicate – daily panel – 1936
Glamorettes – Woody Kimbrell – General Features – daily panel – 1950
Gleeb – Paul Lowney – Copley News Service – weekly panel – 1981-85 FOUND! by D.D. Degg in Oswego County Messenger
Glombo – Glen Sherman – Humor Books Syndicate – daily strip – 1995-96
Going Down – Leonard Bruce – Leoleen-Durck Creations – daily strip – 1982-92
Going West -Frank Thomas – Al Smith Service – weekly strip – 1951-54 (aka Hossface Hank?)
Goldbrick & Company – Tom Gibb – Exmark News Service – weekly strip – 1980
The Golden Age – Robert Hoover – Dispatch Features – thrice weekly panel – 1968-74
Golden Spurs – W. O’Forest – Jones Syndicate – Sunday strip – 1940
Goo-Gags – Pat Pending – King Features Syndicate – daily panel – 1926
The Good Old Days – Walter Schwimmer – Feature Sales Syndicate – daily panel – 1938
Goodbyland – Charles Biro, George Nagle, Bob Wood – ? – Sunday strip – 1937-38
Goofy Golf – H.C. Weagant – King Features Syndicate – daily panel – 1926 (found! in Port Arthur News)
Goomer – Nacho & Ricardo – Creators Syndicate – daily and Sunday strip – 1992
Gopher Hole Gazette – Evans – Harper Features – weekly panel – 1934 (turned out to be an illustrated column and thus not eligible for SG listing)
Grace And Looie – Al Wiseman – LA Times Syndicate – daily panel – 1966,73
Gramps – Patrick Rice – American Way Features – daily strip – 1987
Grandfather Clause – Chris Wright – Creators Syndicate – daily and Sunday strip – 2000-01 FOUND! existence verified by Charles Brubaker; thanks Charles!
Grandpa Noah – Gus Edson – Chicago Tribune-NY News Syndicate – weekly strip – 1955 (verified – replaced Cousin Juniper as topper to The Gumps)
Great Little Lovers – Grace Drayton – DP Syndicate – weekly strip – 1926
Great Moments – Dick Leahy – Continental News Service – weekly strip – 1995-present
The Great Pierre – Marc Swayze – Bell Syndicate – daily strip – 1956 (DD Degg says Swayze in Alter Ego article said the strip never sold)
Green Force Five – Osvaldo Blanco, Miguel Repetto, Alfredo Grassi – King Features Syndicate – daily strip – 1985-87
Green Scene – Pat Hines – Richard Lynn Enterprises – daily panel – 1978
Greenhouse Effect – Jeff Barfoot – Paradigm-TSA – daily and Sunday strip – 1999
Greenwood – Keith M. Manzella – self-syndicated – daily and weekly strip – 1988-94
Greg-Jim Humorous Adventures – Gregory Clarke, Jim Frise – Star Newspaper Service – weekly – 1938-40
Grimes the Butler – Joe Busciglio – Publishers Feature Service – weekly panel – 1946-49
Gripes And Grins – Lin Streeter – Associated Newspapers – daily panel – 1945
Ground Zero – Tim Haggerty – United Feature Syndicate – daily and Sunday strip – 1987 (Found! in LA Times)
Grumps – Roger Price – Manson Western Syndicate – daily panel – 1976
Guess Who – William Feld – Stuyvesant Feature Syndicate – weekly panel – 1970
Gully Foyle – Reginald and Stanley Pitt – Ledger Syndicate – Sunday strip – 1967-71 (Art Lortie and Steven Rowe both say it was never successfully sold – case closed!)
Gunther – John Roman – McNaught Syndicate – daily strip – 1980-81