Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Polly Come Lately

Tuesday Comic Strip day.

I love the psychadelic at of Cliff Sterrett's Polly and her Pals and like every collector I have always been bothered by the fact that the 'good pages' only lasted from the late twenties into the early thirties. The strip itself ran until the late fifties (or even later), but vecause of bad health and other problems Sterrett had to leave the art to assistants and apparently it never was as good as in the early years. Or so the story goes. But after I saw a couple of equally good pages on Paul Tumey's Screwball blog and facebook page, i knew I had to keep an eye out for more. I recently found got these Sunday pages from 1937 - a time when either Sterrett did a couple of his own again or part of a lnger, forgotten resurrection? I like them anyway.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Brother, Oh Brother

Fred McCarthy was a Franciscan Friar whose single panel cartoon in the Dennis the Menace style, Brother Juniper, ran from 1958 to 1987.

His middle name was Francis and it's as Fred Francis that he tried a spin-off about Sister Suzie. Interestingly the same year he got copyright for a Sister Suzie pocket, he also registered a Brother Rufus for his own pocket. Another spin-off or the title of an unknown Juniper book? Wikipedia gives these eight titles for the books that are known:

*McCarthy, Fred. ''Brother Juniper''. (1957). Garden City:Hanover House.
*McCarthy, Fred. ''Brother Juniper Strikes Again''. (1959). Garden City:Hanover House.
*McCarthy, Fred. ''Brother Juniper at Work and Play''. (1960). Garden City:Hanover House.
*McCarthy, Fred. ''More Brother Juniper''. (1960). New York:Pocket Books.
*McCarthy, Fred. ''Inside Brother Juniper''. (1963). New York:Pocket Books.
*McCarthy, Fred. ''Well Done, Brother Juniper''. (1963). Garden City:Doubleday.
*McCarthy, Fred. ''The Whimsical World of Brother Juniper''. (1963). New York:Pocket Books.
*McCarthy, Fred. ''The Ecumenical Brother Juniper''. (1965). Garden City:Doubleday.

The Brother Rufus book (like the Sister Suzie book) would have been from the same publisher:

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Top This

Saturday Leftover Day.

Maw Green wasn't the first or only topper Harold Gray did.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Ghost From The Past

Friday Comic Book Day.

I have a good selection of Spirit sections in Fine condition. I have been scanning them carefully and sending the scans to the guys at the Digital Comics Museum. I use alot of their scans and it's my way of paying them back. They handle them and turn them into downloadable .cbz files which you can find here (mine as well as many more by other scanners): https://digitalcomicmuseum.com/index.php?cid=663. The nice thing about these scans is the fact that we are doing the whole Spirit section, which means they contain Lady Luck and Mr. Mystic as well. In this early sample you get an iconic Spirit story, with a story in a story and a special art technique to represent ghosts, Lady Luck probaby not yet by Klaus Norling and Mr. Mystic by Bob Powell. All good.

Goode Vibrations

Thursday Story Strip Day.

A couple of months ago I showed a Scorchy Smith Sunday by Rodlow Willard. On the whole the reaction of most of those who saw it wa that it was a lot better thn they were led to believe. Of course following Frank Robbins is hard for any artist. Before Rodlow Willard Edmund Goode had the same problem. Maybe even more so, because Willard at least had a unique and more humorous style of his own, while Goode tried to follow in Robbins' footsteps. Anyway, here are some more samples of both 'second rate' artists for you to enjoy. I wish I had some of Willard's successor A. C. Hollingsworth (or at least more than the original art samples I have seen and shared).