Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Ghost That Haunted Me

Sunday Meskin Measures.

For those of you keeping track. In this story from Black Magic #7 I believe George Roussos was involved in the inking. I am selling the rare British black and white reprint of this book at eNay right now, by the way. It not only has this story but also one of Jack Kirby's most eerie Black Magic contribution, The Thing in the Fog.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Itching To Scratch

Saturday Leftover Day.

Recently, in a stack of Sunday comics to scan, I came across an oddity that surprised me. Two Sundays of Lou Fine's late fifties/early sixties soap opera strip Adam Ames. As you know, I am a huge fan of Fine's 'slick' style and have show much of his advertising work of the fifties, as well as runs of his later strips, including indeed Adam Ames. What I also mentioned there is that Adam Ames was a daily strip only. These two Sundays seemed to contradict that. So I went to the only source that knows it all, Alan Holtz' History Of American Newspaper Strips. And that confirmed my own findng, that Ames was indeed never a Sunday. So what happened. I found the 'answer' on Alan's blog, The Stripper's Guide. He had done a similar discoery (with even more pages, from which he sadly only showed one) and concluded that it must have been a reworking of the daily strip. In fact, for his sample, he also found the original dailies.

So here is the whole lot: my two 'Sundays', Alan's sample and the daily week that went along with that.

Let's end with showing an announcment for Lou Fine's other stripo from the sixties, Peter Scratch. Those who like that should follow the link to my short run of Scratcj Sundays.

Friday, June 23, 2017


Friday Comic Book Day.

My friend Hanco Kolk, one of the few international starts among Dutch artists, used to do a great satirical detective strip. Well, he used to do a lot of strips, but thos one was special, because it took the idea of a 'you guess who the murderer is' in comic strip form to create a very funny and often satirical strip. The first of them were created with Peter de Wit, who also drew them. Here is one of Hanco's later solo ones, which I translated a couple of years ago. I think it would be great for an American magazine and will bring it along to San Diego. I will do the lettering again, because I have gotten better fonts since then, so don't show anyone this.

Paul, Jim, Brick And Jordan

Thursday Story Strip Day.

Sometime after Elmer Wexler did the wartime strip Vic Jordan, Paul Norris took over. This was before he did Secret Agent X9 (which he only did for three months before being drafted into the army). After the war, he got the assigment to draw the Sunday Only JUngle Jim, for which he adopted a Alex aymond style rather than the Milton Caniff inspired work he had been doing up till then. In 1952 he was given Brick Bradfort for which he returned to Milton Caniff again, slowly adding touches of his own style. He was an extraordinaire artist, whose work will certainly be featured in my book on the Milt Caniff inspired artists... if it ever finds a publisher.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Only Way To Behave

Wednesday Advertising Day.

Today, I got a comp copy of my book Behaving Madly. That means the book is in the warehouse and might be delivered sooner than the official Amazon date of August 8th. Which means today I am scrambling to get a press release out, because you only have one shot at these things.

Now the interest in this book is so great, that the first printing may sell out soon, so get your copy at Amazon now and wait behind the front door (as I did for the last month, which explains why I was so hungry when it did come).

I am very pleased with the reults. In the past, the prevelent opinion about Mad's imitators was that they were all garbage and not worth looking at. In later years Cracked, Sick and Marvel's Crazy dominated the field and left the impression that all of the imitators were a juvenile affair.

Well, this book proves that this was not the case. Some imiators were uvenile, some were almost horror magazines, some were text heavy, others were fully illustrated. But all of them were using top talent from the business, names such as Joe Kubert, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Syd Shores, Jack Davis, Bill Elder, Al Jaffee, John Severin, Bob Powell, Lee Elias, Angelo Torres and even Don heck. They are all in the book and more. Sometimes even with material that looks and reads better than the later Mad itself. Order your copy with the button on the right and I will make a couple of cents from it too.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Laughing In Silence

Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

When people talk about the importance of character over jokes, there are two samples in the comic strip world I always mention. One is the way Johnny Hart's BC slided from an excellent and very funny character based strip to a puns based vehicle, with interchangeable characters sitting behind a rock throwing one-liners at each other. On of the most galling was the bit where one of them throws a message on a stone into the see and waits until an answer returns, usually some sort of pun to the original question. The bit of the floating rock is funny the first time, but it gets boring soon enough and all you have left is a drawn out pun, not even worthy of a daily gag. The other example is the long running strip Short Ribs by Frank O'Neill. Instead of having one set of characters, he had several sets of not so very well defined characters with the jokes usually about the world they inhabited (cavemen, cowboys, knights, Russians). I really like the way it was drawn, but the jokes always held it down. But I keep trying. Here is a whole load of dailies from various periods and I have a whole stack full of Sundays waiting to be scanned upstairs.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Blake Well

Monday Cartoon Day.

Some more of Bud Blake delightful daily panels. He did over 500.