Sunday, May 20, 2018

Saturday Weekly Woes.

I wish I had more to show of these, but they are rare as hen's teeth. I got two of Frank Thorne's Dr. Guy Bennett Sundays and had a few dailies in my archive to add to them. Quite a dull strip, but every now and then you see Thorne's genius shining through.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Antic Road Show

Sunday Post Post.

Here is another of the Presto Pete stories. In contrast to what I may ahve written earlier, these early ones are not the work of Howie Posty. Which makes his arrival next week even more exciting.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Calling Dr. Bald

Saturday Weekly Load.

For the last two years I have been selling my fifties comics on eBay, with quite some success. This summer I will start clearing out all the newspaper strips that I have used for this blog over the last ten years. I have scanned everything that I need and will still be able to do the blog, but all the paper needs to go sometimes, so why not now. To see how it would work, I have been trying out several methods of selling. Listing them as singles, as lots. At this moment I have a couple of lots on eBay, including a nice run of 1964/65 New York Journal-American six page sections, which include Blondie, Beetle Bailey, Ripley's, Juliet Jones, Snuffy Smith, They'll do it everytime, Ponytail, Scamp, Hi and Lois, The Phantom, Buz Sawyer, Disney's Treasury of Classic Tales: Mary Poppins/Those Calloways, Monkey's Uncle/Cinderella/Dumbo, Prince Valiant, Flash Gordon, Dr. Kildare, Popeye, Mr. Abernathy, Donald Duck, Bringing Up Father, Mickey Mouse, Steve Canyon, Let's Sew, Archie and Little Iodie. Some of which have appeared here (or will appear here) and some which are too popular and collected for me to use (but making the sections worth more, like Blondie or Archie or the Disney strips). It also has Ken Bald's Dr. Kildare, a forgotten strip by a golden age comic book artist who turned to newspaper strips with this doctor soapie and later became famous as the artist on Dark Shadows. Dr. Kildare is fully in the 'photorealistic' style and some of the figres and faces suggest to me that Bald either worked as an assitant to Stan Drake on The Heart of Julia Jones or used some of the same models for his photo references.

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Hey Posto!

Sunday Post Post.

Since once a week may be a a bit too little, I have decided to ad a regular Sunday to my new regular Saterday. And just like in the old day, I will be doing a series of interesting scans from a fogotten comic book series by a rather famous artist. Howie Post is best know by collectors for his work on the funny Harvey titles from the late fifties and sixties. In the seventies he did his onw nwspaper strip called Dropouts, many of which I have shown here as well. My interest in this facile and versatile artist lies in the fact that in the forties and fities he did a couple of series for Stan Lee at Timely, culminating in his contibution to Stan's Msad comic book imitations Crazy, Riot and Wild and in the Mad magazine imitation Snafu. Although Stan confessed to having written most of Snafu's three 62 page issues. Comic historians agree that this is not a false or overblown statement, he really did most of these books. Except the stories by Howie Post, who never worked from a script but wrote his own stoies while drawing. This write as you go along shows in his earliest comic book work for DC and Prize in the early to mid-forties. Anoteher favorite artist of mine, Walt Kelly wrote his comic book stories (first for Dell's Animal Comcs, later for Fairytales) the same way. And as we will see when I show you Howie Post's Presto Pete stories for DC's Animal Antics. It starts in a generic cartoon style, but after three or four issues Post suddenly decides to switch to Walt Kelly's style. And he does it so well, tat for many years people have assumed that Waly Kelly was involved in some of his work.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Pony Papa

Saturday Weekly Post Day.

Gordon Leroy Holley, better known as Lee Holley passed away suddenly on Monday, March 26th, 2018 at the age of 85.

Lee Holley was born in Phoenix, Arizona, on April 20, 1932. Lee was a graduate of Watsonville High School, and following high school, he joined the Navy in 1951. He served as an Aviation Ordinanceman on the USS Bairoko during the Korean War until 1955.

Lee aspired to be a cartoonist, and displayed a love of cartooning at an early age. So upon leaving the Navy, Lee studied at Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles.

In 1955 Lee began his professional career as a Warner Bros animator in the Friz Freleng unit and was there from 1955 - 1958. Lee worked on Bugs Bunny, Road Runner, Porky Pig, Speedy Gonzales, Sylvester and Tweety, and Daffy Duck characters. In 1958 he started working for Hank Ketcham on Dennis the Menace.

While working for Hank Ketchum, Lee submitted cartoon ideas to the newspaper syndicates, and in 1960 he finally succeeded in selling a teenage panel to King Features called Ponytail.

Ponytail debuted in 1960 was syndicated in over 300 newspapers worldwide until 1989.

In addition to his career, and love of drawing, Lee had a passion for flying. He loved to fly his own plane, and enjoyed flying over the Monterey Bay. One of his favorite experiences was renting a plane in New Zealand and flying from the North Island to South Island.

This is what his obituary says. What it doesn't say is that his love of flying also was his death. After landing his plane at Marina Airport for refuelling (something he had done before), his plane took off at an odd angle and either stalled and spiralled to the ground or just spiralled down. On impact it burst into flames and burned in minutes. People at the airport, who new the owner, the 85 year old Gorden Holey, say that his walk had deteriorated since the last time they saw him but that he was in good spirit. At least the telling of the story leaves the possibillity that Holley had a heart attack or some sort of seizure after taking off.

Not a great way to start a post honoring the cartoonist, but no one has gotten the fact together so I though I should. Now on to the fun part of the post, a long run of Holley's Ponytail Sundays, from the early days of the strip. Holley was a remarkable artist and one of the better ones in the Ketcham school. His looseness is something we seem to have lost in these days of computer drawing and coloring, but here it is in all it's glory.