Thursday, August 28, 2014

Comics: The War and After

I continue with the strips from the 1959 history of the comics medium Comic Art In America by Stephen Becker like I do ever Thursday. These strips are from the chapter with the same name as above and these were the captions to these strips:

A daily Vic Jordan by PAINE and WEXLER, 1942. Action and politics mixed.
Claire Voyant awaits a gentleman friend, in this strip by JACK SPARLING.
The Cisco Kid by JOSE LUIS SALINAS, admired by many artists for its draughtsmanship. (1951)
A LESLIE TURNER Captain Easy. Action, guns, and a girl. (1953)
ROY CRANE's Buz Sawyer sees action in the Pacific. (1943)
A quick travelogue by ROY CRANE, in a Buz Sawyer of early 1958. Note the degrees of shading.
DAVE BREGER's G. I. Joe in two manifestations. (1945)
GEORGE BAKER's Sad Sack wins out in the end. The sergeant embodies ferocity.
DICK WINGERT's Hubert wages man's eternal war on his mother-in-law.
ALFRED ANDRIOLA's Kerry Drake is a rarity—a married hero in an adventure strip. Obviously, trouble lies ahead for his waife, Mindy.
A good specimen of DICK CAVALLI's Morty Meekle, almost always a three-panel strip, ending in a healthy laugh. (1959)
COULTON WAUGH's experimental Hank. The date is May 16, 1945, just eight days after the end of the war.
JACOBSEN's old Silent Sam, one of the early pantomime strips. (1935)
MIK's Ferd'nand in a happy moment. (1959)
HARRY HAENIGSEN's Penny. Like all teen-age girls, she is surrounded by hopeless incompetents. (1959)
AL POSEN's Sweeney and Son, with its companion strip, Jinglets. (1957)
A Terry and the Pirates by GEORGE WUNDER, 1955. The strip has lost none of its vigor or popularity.

Monday, August 25, 2014

For Monsters Only, 1 of 2

One of Cracked's spin-off magazines before they only did annuals, similar to the title Monster Howls they did around the same time. This was a combination of Cracked and Famous Monsters of Filmland, based on the success of the latter. They even had ads in the back for model kits, posters, and the like. There was a lot of repackaging, using material from previous issues of Cracked and original material that was later reprinted in that magazine as well. This was the first issue from November...I want to say 1965 or 66.
The masthead used the last names of actual contributors to the magazine. “McCartney” was the name Bill Ward used for some material.
Parody of the LaSalle Correspondence School ads that were in most black and white magazines
Comic drawn by John Severin.
Bill Ward

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Evergreen April 1968

I used to go to the comic convention in San Diego every year but it became less about comics and more about comic-like things. There are smaller conventions around the country that serve the same purpose anyway.

But while people were waiting hours in a hot sun to get Adam West's autograph, or whatever it is they spend $400 or more to do, I walked half a mile away to go to a flea market, looking for “old” things.

As a teen and pre-teen, twenty years earlier meant the sixties. I could find things from the sixties cheap. Before E-bay and even before most of the world knew old comics have value, you could still get things relatively cheap. Now people will charge $10 for a coverless moldy Richie Rich comic and if you complain about the condition, they'll tell you that because it's in a bag that makes it worth more. Twenty years ago now is 1994, so most of the things people sell as nostalgia are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Ren & Stimpy. I remember those things from when I was already an adult and working professional.

Being in an old hippie town there are a few dealers still around and where can find things occasionally. My most recent find was some issues of Evergreen Review. Evergreen was the anchor magazine for Grove Press, the company that did all those hippie and dirty (for the time) books. This was the 55th issue from April 1968. I'll be reprinting all the cartoons and humor pieces I come across.

The first thing was a cartoon by Georges Wolinski.
I didn't read most of the text pieces, but while I was scanning things, here's something that caught my eye so I thought I'd share it.
They had to have a certain amount of T&A to sell copies. But because they were for the most part a literary magazine, the nudity was in the context of early photography, or pieces like this.

Michael O'Donoghue was one of the founding writers of National Lampoon and Saturday Night Live, but before that he was a regular in Evergreen They had an introductory masthead similar to Playboy's “Playbill” that he was often in.
This cartoon here was by “McKee”.
Jan Kristofori from Czechoslovakia.

I think many of these cartoons came from magazines in other countries. Most have foreign names and/or only use one name, and I've never seen a lot of them anywhere else except in the Great Cartoons of the World annuals.
Here's one by “Caballero”
Adolf Born
There are a few cartoons by B.Kliban, one of my all-time favorites, that I don't recall ever seeing in any of the collections.
This one's by him too.
The next two are by “Paré”.
Here's an ad by Jules Feiffer. It's a cartoon so I'll include it. It wasn't in the newspaper itself.
Another by Kliban
Tony Munzlinger.