Herriman Saturday


Both cartoons were printed in the March 4 edition of the LA Examiner, an issue that was in pretty bad shape on the microfilm; lot of restoration work but the results are still sub-par I’m afraid.

Up top we have Herriman commemorating an exhibition game between the New York Giants and the Angels. The New Yorkers were all complaining about being stiff and tired after their 3000 mile rail journey and so only beat the Angels by a pair. Anyone have an idea who this Samivel (Samuel?) Crane fellow is?

The second cartoon, an editorial, has Herriman complaining about the DA’s apparent lack of interest in the Examiner’s charges of corruption in LA’s road-building endeavors. Why George feels the need to credit Jimmy Swinnerton on this cartoon is a mystery to me.

PS – the images above are PNG graphics rather than JPGs. If anyone has trouble viewing them or notices any other odd behavior please let me know.

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

On Hiatus

My apologies to regular readers of this blog. Beset by a perfect storm of business obligations, (paid) writing obligations and a flaky internet connection I haven’t had so much as a free moment to do any posts. Look for the Stripper’s Guide blog to resume, at least spottily, later this week as I whittle away at an enormous workload.

In the meantime, if anyone reading this happens to be in the know about getting grants for doing scholarly research I’d really like to have the opportunity to pick your brain. I started on a magazine article and it’s becoming apparent that it could be turned into an excellent book if I had the time and backing to do further research.

News of Yore 1952: No Day of Rest for Beetle

King Offers Sunday Page On Private Beetle Bailey
By Erwin Knoll 8/2/52

Private Beetle Bailey, who in the past year-and-a-half has safely entrenched himself as by far the most accomplished goldbrick in this man’s army, will per­form his duty-shirking antics for Sunday read­ers too when King Features Syndicate launches a color page Sept. 14. Undertaken at the request of papers subscrib­ing to the daily strip, the Sunday page will be available in tabloid, one-third and half-page regular sizes, and has already been signed by the Amer­ican Weekly.

As in the daily strip, Sunday action will take place in and around the stateside training camp in which Private Bailey seems to be doomed to spend the rest of his army days, relieved only by an occasional home furlough. As be­fore, the emphasis will be on army humor with primarily civilian ap­peal. And the theme will con­tinue to be Private Bailey’s re­lentless war against standard oper­ating procedure.

“Beetle Bailey” was launched by King two years ago as the nation’s only comic strip dealing exclusively with college life, fea­turing Beetle as B.M.O.C. (Big Man on Campus for the uninitiat­ed.) With the beginning of mass inductions under the Selective Service law, it was decided to have Beetle join the colors, and immediately the strip’s popularity took an upward turn.

Fan mail indicates that wives, sweethearts and mothers clip the strip and forward it to servicemen, and reprint rights are often re­quested by camp newspapers. Teen-agers also seem to make up a large part of “Beetle Bailey’s” fan circle.

Creator of “Beetle Bailey” is Mort Walker, 28 and, of course, an ex-GI. He patterns Beetle and his buddies after some of his Kappa Sig fraternity brothers at the University of Missouri, where he edited the Missouri Showme, once described in these columns as the outhouse of journalism.

Walker, the son of an architect and a former newspaper illustra­tor, started drawing at the age of four, sold his first cartoon when he was 11. When he was 15 he drew a once-a-week comic strip called “The Limejuicers” for the late Kansas City Journal. A year later he was an editorial designer for Hallmark greeting cards.

In 1948, college and army serv­ice behind him, he came to New York and started selling gag panels to the Saturday Evening Post, Collier’s, This Week and other national magazines, and joined the top 10 cartoonists in the country in number of panels sold. It was in the pages of the Satevepost that he introduced the confused youth with hat perennially over his eyes who evolved into Beetle Bailey.

While turning out his daily strip and advance pages for the new Sunday feature Walker continues to hit the big magazines with gag panels regularly. And to keep busy he has just taken on the editorship of the Cartoonist, quar­terly publication of the National Cartoonists Society.

News of Yore 1952: Small World to Debut


Frailties of Modern Life In New HT Comic Strip
By Erwin Knoll 8/9/52

Sam Brier sounds like a man with a mission. Through the comic strip medium he wants to show us all the small facets which to­gether form the pattern of Ameri­can family life— the things he calls “the frailties of modern living.” And he wants to do this without being malicious or snide; there’s quite enough viciousness in the comics now without his help, he feels.

As a medium for this project Mr. Brier has worked out a comic strip called “Small World,” which the Herald Tribune Syndicate will offer for nation-wide release in three or four-column size begin­ning Oct. 13. The strip will fea­ture the day-to-day activities of a couple of youngsters playing house, and will reflect the routine problems of adult life. Mr. Brier, a modest man, thinks “Small World” is “a beautiful medium” for getting across his ideas.

Though technically a “gag-a-day” strip, the emphasis in the new feature will be on humor rather than gags. The traditional last-panel kick will be played down in favor of a general atmosphere of friendliness and innocence.

Mr. Brier, 29, has been cartoon­ing for 13 years, selling panels to some of the nation’s leading slick magazines. In addition, he has been designing childrens’ toys for the past two years. Before that, he spent his spare time singing pro­fessionally with bands and in night clubs. A native of Montreal, he now lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two young sons, whom he depends upon for most of the ideas he will incorporate into “Small World.”

Herriman Saturday




On February 28 and March 2 Herriman continues his series of editorial cartoons on a municipal graft scandal (including one of his first front page cartoons, the one from the 28th). Herriman apes Opper’s style on the one from the 2nd.

On Sunday the third of March Herriman contributes a caricature of George Ade. Ade, the popular author of Fables in Slang, is visiting California probably hawking his new book The Slim Princess.

The final cartoon, printed in the Sunday Automobile section of the Examiner, is in its raw form. Sorry I didn’t clean this one up but I’m on deadline for two comics related projects and I also want to finish the renovations on a room in our house this weekend — only so many hours in a day. Heck, maybe you folks will tell me you like it better this way and I can dispense with the many hours of restoration I do on these images every week.

News of Yore 1952: Competition for Mark Trail on the Way

New Sunday Page Has Love, Adventure, Nature
By Erwin Kroll (E&P,8/23/52)

Following through on the new versatility theme, Chicago Tribune – New York News Syndicate comes up with “Glen Forrest,” a new Sunday color comic feature wrapping up adventure, a nature background, lots of villains and a romantic in­terest all in one neat third-page pack­age. First release date is Sept. 14.

Accompanying the adventure comic is “Catesby,” a Sunday strip by the same artist which may be used by itself or as a pendant to convert “Glen Forrest” to half-page size. “Catesby” is a gag strip with a nature angle, available in color or black-and-white.

Creator of “Glen Forrest” and “Catesby” is William Ferguson, an old hand at newspaper features. He left his Kansas farm at the age of 18 to study at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, took cours­es under editorial cartoonist Carey Orr and under Carl Ed, who draws the “Harold Teen” strip. He joined the Chicago Tribune art staff in 1920, later left to do cartoons and comic strips for midwest farm dailies.

In 1927 Mr. Ferguson went to NEA Service, for which he created “This Curious World,” a strange-nature-facts feature. Since 1947 he has been a traveling lecturer for the National Audubon Society. Nature settings for “Glen Forrest” will be based on Mr. Ferguson’s surroundings at his Colorado home near Rocky Mountain Na­tional Park.

[has anyone ever seen an example of this Catesby topper? I’ve never found one. And howzabout the very odd terminology for a topper used here — pendant feature — never heard that one before! – Allan]

[EDIT: Todd Hillmer sent me a sample of Catesby — thanks Todd!]

Obscurity of the Day: Your Newspaper




Here’s a neat little feature that I rather liked, even to the point of cajoling a cartoonist of my acquaintance to revive a similar idea with yours truly at the writing helm. Said cartoonist wisely told me to go climb a tree.

Your Newspaper featured quick little factoids and bits of history concerning the journalism biz. It was most often used at the bottom of the front pages of Sunday comic sections and on the covers of those comic book sections that enjoyed a brief popularity in the late 70s and early 80s. I imagine it was a pretty easy sell to newspaper editors, the same way editors have a soft spot for comic strips about reporters.

Bill Kresse, who was a staple at the New York Daily News in the 70s, created Your Newspaper for the Journal Press Syndicate. Despite the impressive name I think this was just Kresse’s self-syndication company name. If so he did an impressive sales job because the feature ran in a goodly number of papers, at least for awhile.

The earliest start I can find for the feature is November 2 1980. Although you rarely see the feature in newspapers after the mid-80s or so, the Journal Press Syndicate still faithfully offers the feature in the annual E&P Syndicate Directory to this day. My assumption is that once Kresse had a big batch of these evergreen panels completed he’s just continued to offer them ever since.

Dell Publishing’s “The Funnies” Part 16








Here we are at our last post of The Funnies. We learned a bit about it in the process, though not the information I was hoping for. If anyone ever does come across any of this material appearing in a newspaper I’m still very interested, so don’t keep it a secret! One more round of huzzahs for Cole Johnson who provided superb color photocopies of his issue of this rare series.

Today we have another batch of dailies. Two of interest; Peaches seems obviously an Art Helfant outing though credited to “R.A.W.” And Jacky, the only strip in the section by Sidney Garber, someone I’ve never heard of.

Back to real newspaper comics starting tomorrow! There’s no place like home…