Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Peanut Gallery

Tuesday Comc Strip Day.

In April 2011 I shared with you a couple of scans from a small strip that has long fascinated me, Amall World by Briers. It featured kids dressed as adults (down to shoes that are far too big) playing as if they were their parents. It was probably inspired byPeanuts, but also enough of it's own thing to be viable. Unfortunately, other than a short run in the New York Herald Tribune, it didn't seem to have gone too far. Years after that I found out that the artist who called himself Briers wass in fact S. B. Stevens and had been doing kids cartoons in a similar style (wiwithout the ill fitting clothes part) for years. most notably in a series of cartoons for The American Legion called General Misschief, which ran long before Peanuts came along. So Stevens may have tried to hitch a ride on Charles Schulz' coattails, he was very much his own creature. I showed those cartoons earlier this year. Bot can be seen if you follow the link.

Recently I came across yet another Stevens strip which seems to have run even shorter. Not as destinct as Small World, it
did feature kids and may agian have been inspired by the succes of peanuts. Here are the few I could find, along with a fluf piece about the artist. I also found another single cartoon he did for Judge, which I am sharing uncleaned, just to get on with it.

In the course of preparing this piece I saw that I still have to scan and show the rest of my Small World collection ,wich I will do soon.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Sixty Years Ago This Week

Monday Cartoon Day.

This is where I left off, I think.

A truely remarkable series that represents American cartooning in the fifties at it's safest (but still well drawn).

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Road To The Escape

Sunday Meskin Measures.

After all these years I still can't tell if George Roussos was involved in this one... from Headline #66.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

To Sell Coffee Where No Man Has Sold Coffee Before

Saturday Leftover Day.

Don't tell anyone I let you see this...

Written by my, drawn by Michiel Offerman. Ninth episode already.

We are trying to see if we want to cut it to six three tier pages for the US.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Police Collection

Friday Comic Book Day.

So who is finally going to frigging collect these?

I am about to sell my own Police comics. Do I have sit down and scan every Jack Cole page first?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Not Just A Pretty Page

Tuesday Story Strip Day.

Rodlow Willard's Scorchy Smith is not much collected or appreciated. But if he hadn't been following in the footsteps of greats such as Frank Robbins, he might actually have been appreciated more.

No Trouble

Wednesday Advertising Day.

The Trouble Twins were started by Dik Browne, but I suspect these later ones are by Bill Williams.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Mess o' Lumpkin

Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

I finally cleaned up the last of the new Willie Lumpkin strips. I should gather all my Sundays to see which ones I am still missing. It can't be many.