Thursday, April 27, 2017

Wolfe At The Door

Thursday Story Strip Day.

Lazy Thursday because of our King's birthday. Sometimes Ebay sellers scan their wares so well, that I don't even have to bother to buy them. Not as large as I would make them myself, but here is an early run of Mike Roy's Nero Wolfe. If you follow the link you'll see some of my own.

Want to know more about our King's Day? Margreet explains it beautifully on this page:

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Case Of The Missing Cases

Wednesday Illustration Day.

From one of those online newspaper sources I have collected as many of King Features' illustrated weekly detective feuilletons as possible. They ran between 1947 and 1949. The first year they were excusively illustrated by Paul Norris. Later, he was joined by the insanely talented science fiction illustraton Edd Cartier. As far as I can see for reprints and reruns in later editions of otehr papers, one illustration was made for every day, but not every paper used every illustration every time. So here are two more spotty runs. I have included the non illustrated parts as well, so those so inclned can try to read the story - although it's the illustraions that attracted me in the first place.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Polly Come Lately

Tuesday Comic Strip day.

I love the psychedelic art 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 because 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 longer, 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: