Friday, February 23, 2018

Funny Busness

Thursday Comic Strip Day.

Some time ago, I bought a book on Siegel and Shusters second strip (after Superman), Funnyman. Unfortunately, it was more of a monograph about the history of the strip with a couple of badly reproduced reprints thrown in. Craig Ye's Weirs Superheroes had one story from the comic book version, that looked a lot better. But I would love to se a complte reprinten of the dailies, Sundays and comic book vesrion of this forgotten oddity.

Thursday, February 22, 2018


Wednesday Illustration Day.

Ever since 'discovering' that the psychology advice column Explore Your Mind was illustrated by Richard Doxsee from 1954 to 1963, I have been clipping them left and right. Not only did he do the Sunday version with several questions, there also was a daily version with one question a day. In the late fifties he combined this with his realistic work for Timely/Atlas. I recently found he did a couple of jobs for Prize's Young Romance (possibly with Joe Orlando) and of course he drew articles for Mad imitation magazines Zany and Cracked (as mentioned in my book Behaving Madly. I am guessing he was still pretty young when he did that. One of his family members contacted me and told me that he left comics around the same time he stopped doing this feature.

When he left, Bill Ligante took over on Explore Your Mind, by the way.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Yummie Funny

Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

Despite the look of his work, Dave Gerard was not one of the younger lot of artists. He started in the early forties and was way ahead of gouys like Mort Walker in his style, one of the first not to rely on the standard comic strip art course learned comic style. His strip Will-Yum florished in the fifties, but ran in to sixties.