Friday, October 13, 2017

Swedish Delights

Thursday Story Strip Day.

Here's a strip I do not know a lot a bout. I know it was a local strip and it concerned sports. I think it may have been made for the sports page and it appeared in the fifties. The ever reliable Stripper's Guide by Alan Holtz mentions it sideways, in a short piece about another local assignment by the artist Knut Carlson: That mentiones The Minneapolis tribune, which makes it logical this strip would have appeared there too. I am surer ALan's Guide to American Comics will have all the publication details. I aquired it because I liked the way it looked. Carlson clearly was a competent artist and a pretty good comic storyteller.

Gross Too

Wednesday Illustration Day.

Milt Gross was a writer as well as a cartoonist.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Character And Slapstick

Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

When I was at Mort Walker's place I talked with his assistant Bill Janocha about Jerry Dumas. Dumas joined the Walker crew in the midfifties. I think I can pinpoint where he arrives, actually. Around that time, the Beetle Bailey gags change from gag-oriented to character-oriented. Now I am not saying that Dumas was the one that introduced character to Mort Walker's strips. But I do think there was something to their collaboration, to the effect of talking about what he was making that put the already brilliant cartoonist on the path of what made all of his strips so great and such a big success - the mixture of characterdriven jokes and slapstick. Jerry Dumas stayed with the team until his death last year, working on all the strips. In the early sixties he created Sam's strip together with Mort - a rightfully completely reprinted strip (even though it only ran for a short time) about two characters who knew they were in a comic strip. If you don't know it, you should check it out. Dumas drew the strip himself, in a style that was similar to Mort's but a bit lighter. In the seventies Dumas was allowed to repurpose those characters as a sheriff and his deputy in a small town under the name Sam and Silo. Not as out and out funny as the strips he did with Mort Walker, but still very enjoyable. I was lucky enough to come across a huge run af them.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Ve Haf Vays To Make You Laff

Monday Cartoon Day.

MOnday Cartoon Day.

In making Behaving Maly we had so much material from all of the Mad magazine imitations that we were relieved when we decided not to use any pages from the first 15 issues of Cracked or the first 60 or so issues of Sick. Not that they were not worthy of inclusion. But both magazines appeared quite late and evolved into a more juvenile and watered down version of Mad itself. And both magazines had so much great material that they deserve a book of their own. I understand some people are working on a Cracked reprint book and also that Jim Simon (son of Sick's originator and editor for the first 60 issues, Joe Simon) would like to do a Sick volume himself. Well, if he wants my help, he can have it. To whet your apetite, here is a little something from Sick Vol 3 #3 by Jack Davis (who is also on the cover of that issue and does 15 pages in total). Written by Dee Caruso, this is a mini version of a very popular thing in the early fifties, the satirical coloring book. Mort Druck did a few of them and some other people as well. In fact, Jack Davis and Dee Caruso's coloring book can be seen as a spoof of the already satirical Kennedy coloring book Mort Drucker did.