Friday, October 16, 2009
He's Not Dead, He's Restin'!
Getting to be crunch time on getting The Guide to U.S. Newspaper Comic Strips and Cartoon Panels ready for the publisher. I'm hip-deep in putting together the cross-indexes, a job I wouldn't wish on an enemy. So despite the quote above, I'm doing anything but restin'. Just to tide you over here's the final Sunday episode of Barney Baxter, published January 22 1950.
As long as I've got you here, what do you think of the title The Universal Guide to American Newspaper Comic Strips and Cartoon Panels? You'll recall that the book will not use the term "Stripper's Guide" over worries that libraries will find it ... um ... troubling. The generic working title sure doesn't have any identity or pizzazz, so I was thinking maybe "Universal Guide" might be a nudge in the right direction. Any other great titles you could suggest would be helpful. My brain has turned to mush over the past month getting the book ready, and my Imagin-O-Meter is pegged on zero.
I would try to punch it up with something that gives a sense of the imaginative worlds created on the newspages.
"Four-Color Universe" or "Worlds in Ink" are bad examples, but I think they suggest what could be a more engaging direction.
The Comic Strip Almanac: A Guide to U.S. Newspaper Comic Strips and Cartoon Panels
The Holtz Field Guide to American Newspaper Comic Strips
Strip Search: A Guide to Newspaper Comic Strips
The Funnies Files: An Illustrated Guide to Newspaper Comic Strips, 1890 to Present
Comicography: The Illustrated Inkdex of American Newspaper Comic Strips
The U.S. Guide to Newspaper Comics
Indexing the Funnies
I'll try to think of some more
Say, didn't Bob Nalor take this over after Miller left? Or was that just the daily?
The Holtz Guide to American Newspaper Comic Strips and Cartoon Panels.
Sorry to take so long responding. Re Barney Baxter, the strip ended abruptly because Frank Miller died. And Bob Naylor did do the strip 1943-46, but then Miller took control again.
Re the title suggestions, a lot of interesting fodder there. I've suggested my editor come by and read your suggestions.
Though I of course like the ego-boo of 'Holtz Guide', and recognize that it worked out rather well for a certain fellow named Overstreet and others, I have to consider that hundreds of people have contributed important information to the book, including some who spent many, many hours in libraries doing research specifically for my benefit. It just seems like a slap in the face to those people who made such invaluable contributions. Maybe it should be called "The Holtz Horde Guide"...
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Obscurity of the Day: Bumper to Bumper
One of those unsyndicated gag features was Bumper to Bumper from the versatile pen of Gill Fox. According to the artist, he produced 20-30 installments per year of this series about a garageman from 1952-1963. Perhaps I just haven't seen the right issues of the Daily News comics section (which unfortunately has not been indexed in full) but I certainly have not seen anywhere near that many actually appearing there; in fact the only printed examples I've found are a pair from 1961-62. Does the Daily News still have a huge drawer full of these strips still unused, or have I had the bad luck to find the wrong sections of the Daily News?
I found many more and have put them up on my blog about a year ago. I love Fox's work and this style appeals to me particulary. I remember that my samples ran from somewhere in 1955 to possibly 1961. At least you have another onde than I.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Obscurity of the Day: Eph Jackson
Thanks again to Cole Johnson who provided the scan.
Just recently discovered your site; keep up the great work.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics
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Graphic Shorthand: Jim Ivey teaches the fundamentals of cartooning in his own inimitable style. 128 pages, coil-bound. Lulu $19.95 plus shipping, direct $25 postpaid.
Cartoons I Liked,Jim Ivey's career retrospective; he picks his own favorite cartoons from a 40-year editorial cartooning career. Lulu $11.95, direct $20 postpaid.
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