Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Copyright Liberation

Saturday Leftover Day.

I came across this nice bit of Toth. Too bad DC is sitting on these gems.

Man Oh Man

Friday Comic Book Day.

In the second week of December Alter Ego #150 will be available in shops and as a download from the website of it's publisher Twomorrows. It's a special issue celebrating the 95th birthday of Stan Lee. Not only does it have a new and rare interview with The Man himself, there is also a huge article by me about Stan's efforts to get out of comics between 1956 and 1962. It is based in part on his correspondence with his agent Toni Mendez, which has been at Ohio State University for about thirty years. I could not use any actual quotes from many of the correspondence, but I paraphrased averything that was important. And Stan himself gave us permission to use his own letters, as well as a report hij wife Joan did for his newspaper strip Mrs. Lyons' Cubs. The history of that strip, as well as Willie Lumpkin is described in the article, with many new art samples from various different sources. There are also samples of newspaper strips that did not make it, including the synopsis of a soap opera strip Stan tried to do with Vince Colletta. And to top it all, I found an unknown selfpublished book at yet another university.


Stan's partner in Mrs. Lyons' Cubs was Joe Maneely, who like Stan was trying to find new jobs when all around them the comic industry seemed to collapse. Here is one of the few stories Joe Maneely did for DC, not long before he accidentally fell of a commuter train between New York and Philadelphia and died far to young. Stan tried to continue Mrs. Lyons with Al Hartley, but that never really got off the ground.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Space Drifter

Thursday Story Strip Day.

I collected some of Tom Cooke's early sixties space exploration strip Drift Marlo, but never enough to see if the story is worth anything.

Tell Them Pat Sent You

Wednesday Advertising Day.

Over the years I have shown various comic strip ads from the Sunday papers by Lou Fine. I realy like his slick style and it works very well with adventurous strips such as the Sam Spade/Charlie Wild series for Wildroot. But he also had a lighter side, which shows ncely in the less traditional Going To Town series. I am not quite sure what it advertises, supposedly by House Beautiful Magazine columnist Pat Guinan, altough I could never find proof of that. In fact it is a collection of small ads in the disguise of buying tips'. On eof the most frequent items advertosed is The American Weekly and apart from that I see a lot of Proctor and Gamble products. The attraction of these ads to me is the fatc that Lou Fine was asked to draw many different vignettes for them. The color samples I scanned this week all came from the back of another strip and were cut in such a way that I had to drop two panels to make them look a bit more attractive. In the black and white samples you can see the original format.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Circus Of Life

Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

If you go ack through the links you will see my fascination with Howie Schneider's P.T. Bimbo was an early one. He did the strip for over five years alongside his more popular and well known Eek and Meek. It remains unique because of it's use of movement and slapstick alongside Schneider's trademark snarky sense of humor. It is still one of the best examples of how a truely funny strip can achieve what no other artform can.

In The Wild

One of my favorite gag panels. It ran over ten years =, but it is hard to find a good run.