There’s nothing better than getting mail from you blog readers, and it’s an extra special treat when you send me neat stuff . Here are some wonderful Christmas presents received this past week.
First, DD Degg sends this sample of a photo-comic strip (known as fumetti to those folks on the other side of the pond) called Says Who. DD says that it was produced by none other than Stan “The Man” Lee and it ran for a short while in 1976. This is by far the most recent American photo-comic series I’ve seen. This genre of comics never caught on in the U.S. and most of the strips I’m aware of were from the 1920s and 30s. Can anyone supply additional info on the running dates? DDs sample (the only one he has) came from the Modesto Bee. I’ll see about getting the microfilm one of these days…
Second, celebrated cartoonist and comic strip historian Alfredo Castelli responds to my Doings Of The Van Loons post by supplying independent confirmation of the starting date based on a run that began at the same time in the Trenton Evening Times. What’s particularly neat is that Alfredo’s first strip has additional panels missing from the one that ran in the Louisville Courier-Journal. How cool is that? I guess it didn’t occur to the brainiacs at the McClure Syndicate that strips can be resized for various column widths, so in order to give their clients the option of running this strips at different widths, they had the cartoonist create drop panels. Now drop panels are a standard practice in Sunday comics later on, but they’re practically unheard of in dailies of any era. Wow! I guess I have to reappraise Leipziger’s strip in light of the fact that he had to pad his strips every day. That’s a tough row to hoe!
And back to DD Degg, he also tells me that Leipziger’s first name is Fred and even supplies a link to a caricature of the man here at the Library of Congress website.
Thanks to all who take an interest in the blog, and especially to those who take some of their precious time to comment and contribute!