TODAY’S FEATURED ITEMS:
Way too much great stuff listed below, as usual… I’m only featuring Halloween oriented items today (there are a ton more in the list below)…
What could put you more in the mood for Halloween than some Charles Addams cartoons, courtesy of Hairy Green Eyeball.
The Fortress of Fortitude presents Basil Wolverton’s They Crawl By Night! (plus some of his fantastic Plop! covers can be seen at Diversions of the Groovy Kind).
Barnacle Press brings us the complete run of H.E. Godwin’s Crazy Charlie.
Even more Halloween oriented comics can be found linked at The Comics Reporter here. and here.
- Special: Black Jack “Teratoid Cystoma”
- Vigil of the Mad!
- A Mysterious One
- Halloween Plop!
- Tributes #6 and 7
- When The Night Wind Howls
- Inside The Comics Trick Or Treat Bag
- Krazy Kat 1921-01-28
- Krazy Kat 1921-01-27
- Frightening First Fridays: Tower of Shadows #1
- They Crawl By Night!
- Number 405 Vampire Valtz HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
- Stars of Political Cartooning – Jeff MacNelly
- Atlas/Seaboard’s Planet of Vampires
- Style Icon
- “Devil Ladies” (cont.)
- It’s A Crime, Chapter 9, Not The Same
- The Blood Money of Galloping Chad Burgess
- Grip on Life
- The Beast Within
- Freckles – 04/02/1945
- Happy Halloween from Chas Addams
- Rulah Jungle Goddess in “Devil Ladies” (Fox Comics)
- Now That’s Hot Stuff!
- Is This Stanley’s Work? The Little King, from Four Color 494, 1953
- Johnny Cavalier: “LARD”
- Out of the Black Night
- Witch of Death (+CONTEST!)
- oh, gee
- pee-jello-o soggy aura (shigeru sugiura)
- Chappy Cat, Blolly Lamb
- New Strip! Crazy Charlie!
- House of Mystery #194
- Happy Halloween
- Some Halloween Voodoo
- Outfoxed. Tuesday Early Leftovers.
- Freckles – 01/25/1924
- Tribute #5
- Webcomics update for 10/24/08
- 10th Anniversary & Tribute #1
- men vs. dragons
- The Great Freight Cartel
- Comics in My Pants.
- Calamity Coach: 13 Reasons Not to Travel
- Mel Crawford’s Secret Color Sense
- loan shark
- Maybe Mubbey Maaybee, Babeeey???
- Keith Knight cartoon causes kerfuffle in Jersey
- Freckles – 01/23/1924
- George Emmett’s Comic Part 2
- George Emmett’s Comic Annual 1877
- Peanuts and X-Files. Epic win?
- Little-seen Frank Frazetta art – Smoking Surfers
- *The Haunt of Fear* 28 issues ~ #16 (#1 – May-June/1950)
- Drag-Ula! & Count Varicose
- Pages of Death
- Krazy Kat 1921-01-22
- Black Terror: The Revenge of Red Ann
- Krazy Kat 1921-01-24
- Wardrobe Of Monsters
- Stars of Political Cartooning – Boardman Robinson
- Number 404 Mr. Green and Tubby’s ghost
- Love Puppets #2, part 4
- “Peanuts the Monkey” (cont.)
- “Peanuts the Monkey” (Hillman Comics; 1944)
- Black and White Wednesday: “Wooden Cross” from Creepy #38
- Monster Party
- Freckles – 03/30/1945
- Obscurity of the Day: Hubert
- Sketchblog school
- La puce, le chien et la caméra
- The Best A Man Can Get Wednesday advertising strip
- The Recluse
- Freckles – 01/24/1924
- Poe and the Duck
- Frazetta Reference
- The Witch in the Woods
- The Thing That Lived Again!
- Henry Hawk in the Pumpkin Patch
- The Swamp Creature
- Krazy Kat 1921-01-26
- Krazy Kat 1921-01-25
- Three Scary Stories
- Your Sins Will Be as White as Snow
- Stars of Political Cartooning – Clifford “CK” Berryman
- Doorway to death
- Obscurity of the Day: The Clownies
- Man, What a Great Page
- Freckles – 03/31/1945
- Fall competition
- Go, Look: New Copper
- Pet Goth
- The Twit Walks Among You
- An unsuiteble format for blogging
TODAY’S FEATURED ITEMS:
Another heap of fun comics reading…
I’m happy to report a lot of blogs seem to be having a Harvey Kurtzman binge right now… I’m rereading Kurtzman’s Jungle Book right now, myself. Kurtzman’s notoriety comes primarily from being the inventor of Mad Magazine, and he is usually very funny. Although he worked with a lot of other artists, writing for their drawings (most notably Will Elder), I like Kurtzman best when he is drawing himself. He is one of the most expressive cartoonists of all time…
Those Fabuleous Fifties brings us some rare Kurtzman strips from Madison Avenue Magazine…
And some from Esquire…
Comicrazys brings us a Kurtzman pre-Mad funny animal comic called Pigtales from 1946…
And John K gives us a nice appreciation of Kurtzman…
John Adcock at Yesterday’s Papers brings us a number of examples of the notoriously racy WWII comic strip Jane by Norman Pett… Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
The official Pogo Possum website is serializing the Pogo paperback Go Fizzickle Pogo…
Potrzebie points us to Basil Wolverton art galore his days working at the religious magazine The Plain Truth… a huge archive of many of Plain Truth founder Herbert W. Armstrong’s numerous publications online, which are often fantastically illustrated by Wolverton. Among many other publications, the archive includes most or all issues of the Plain Truth, where Wolverton’s amazing Bible Story was originally serialized… the versions in the magazine (and in alternate publishings of the book versions of The Bible Story) contain different material, so I imagine there is a whole lot of stuff in here that was never reprinted in book form. It is a lot of crap to wade through, but there is a real treasure trove here. The below image was pulled from a random one of the hundreds of issues on the site.
Last but far from least, Walrus Magazine points us to a new Chester Brown tale from the Yummy Fur universe called Zombies Take Toronto… the image quality sucks, but it is a great read.
Note that the esteemed Mr. Brown is currently running for office, which, regardless of what you think of his politics, is a tragic waste of his enormous cartooning talents. The early issues of Yummy Fur (the recently reprinted in pamphlet form Ed the Happy Clown saga… which hopefully will soon be a book, considering some previous book versions of it are going for over 200 bucks on Amazon) are some of the most wonderfully surreal and creepy comics ever made.
Note also that the final installment of the Zombies strip also reveals that there is a Yummy Fur movie in the works to be directed by Bruce MacDonald… hopefully this means Mr. Brown will be deeply involved in its translation to the screen. Adapting Yummy Fur to the screen and getting distribution should be quite challenging, I imagine… it will, of course, have to be xxx to be a good adaptation, considering all the miserable penises with starring roles in the comic.
A lot more great stuff below…
- The Walrus Blogs » Chester Brown’s Zombie Romance…
- The most random panel in comic book history.
- You’re Going Sadly Unrecognized In Certain Quarters, Charlie Brown
- Freckles – 02/17/1945
- Spidey Super Stories #11: “The Show-Stopper Strikes!”
- Hayseeds by Harry Hargreaves
- Number 384 Zakka’s Debt
- Who put the Mad in Madison?
- Obscurity of the Day: Batman
- VIP’s Wild, Wild Women
- Go, Look: The Attack Of The Flowerman By Jeremy Eaton (from 1975)
- The Story of Jane III
- Les Callan
- Little Nemo 1913-08-10
- Jeff Hawke by Sydney Jordan
- Lance by Warren Tufts
- Dennis the Menace gets what he deserves.
- Beehive Bedlam: Woody Woodpecker #59
- Kitchen Sink
- The Space Lorelei
- It Floats in Space / Unharmed
- Blowing Up
- Comic Interlude.
- I love Coogy’s Tuesday Newspaper Strip Day.
- BEFORE THE AFTERTHOUGHT
- The Story of Jane II
- Freckles – 02/16/1945
- “An unexpected legacy”
- Alex Toth Gallery
- G.O. Fizzickle Pogo
- Wood Chips 4
- Bill O’Malley cartoons from Extension Magazine (1946-47)
- Kurtzman Bonanza
- Weekend wonders : Fearless Fosdick
- Weekend Wonders : Winchester !
- Fall indeed
- each fallen robin
- My First Rejected Comic Strip Gag
- The Story of Jane II
- Go, Read: The Japanese Ratty Line
- Missed It: The History Of Doug
- Flat-Top in “Sno Foolin” (Harvey Comics)
- Little Nemo 1913-08-03
- Infinite Kung Fu, part 4
- Don’t Kill Me Twice!
- Pigtales: Krazy Komics #25 1946 – Harvey Kurtzman
- “The Vicar’s not pulling his weight!”
- Death Over Washington
- Mod Squad
- News of Yore: Hershfeld Plays Second Fiddle to his Creation
- Quick Draw McGraw: Big Golden Book 1961
- The Story of Jane I
- Fearless Fosdick (Courtesy of THOIA)
- More Kurtzmania Monday cartoon Day
- Examining the Weird Bizarro World of Mr. and Mrs. J. Evil Scientist
- Re-Run: Life With Snarky Parker, No. 1
- Freckles – 02/15/1945
- Kyle Baker Mutant Extravaganza part 2!
- Obscurity of the Day: Phil
- How I Had (and Lost) a Pet Dinosaur
- Sappo of Saturn in “The Beauty Contest”
- The Cosmic Terror
- Sunday Pin-Up
- Spooks- the Spencer Years Sunday leftover day.
- Number 382 I took eight bullets out of him
- Jack Davis goes on record…
- Jim Ivey’s Sunday Comics
- Freckles – 02/14/1945
- A post of convenience: “Andy Panda,” from “New Funnies” #125
- Canuck Cartoonists at War
- Au Revoir from Jane!
- Alex Toth Gallery
- Space Mouse: Walter Lantz
- Toddler’s Roundtable
- The Undertaker
- The Fighting Yank: The Precarious Life of a Miner
- Little Nemo 1913-07-27
- Number 383 Pepe y Pepito Paul Murry
- My husband keeps telling me to go to hell…Part 2
- J. Campbell Cory not at Work
- What Just Happened?
- St. Paul Cartoonist Conspiracy Jam Comic – September 2008
- Kanary Kid sneak peek!
- Freckles – 02/06/1945
- Freckles – 02/07/1945
- Freckles – 02/08/1945
- Freckles – 02/09/1945
- Freckles – 02/10/1945
- Freckles – 02/12/1945
- The Bravest Niño #2, part 2
- Little Nemo 1913-07-13
- Best of the Best!
- The Monster and the Statue
- Captain Future Vs. The Black Dragon Society
- Some more Spector Speculation Saturday Leftover Day
- Herriman Saturday
- Freckles – 02/13/1945
- Fontanelle, the Imperiled Infant
- Little Nemo 1913-07-20
- Sir Bagby’s Dragon
- “Jimmy Olsen, Editor-In-Chief!”
- Do you think Uncle Walt used to sample Welsh Rarebit or what?
- Jack Davis’ Beauregard!
- Hour of the Wolverton
- Gahan Wilson’s Diner (1992)
TODAY’S FEATURED ITEMS:
John Adcock is on a roll! Today his Punch in Canada blog gives us two more posts of extremely rare and beautiful Arch Dale’s Doo Dads Sundays…
And his Yesterday’s Papers blog brings us some crude and bizarre ghosted Katzenjammer Kids dailies…
and A.D. Condo’s Everett True Vs. the Kaiser!
Meanwhile our friends at Barnacle Press give us three great overviews of some of the best strips in their enormous archives:
Ten Must-Read Classics from Barnacle Press
Ten Lesser-Known Works by Major Creators from Barnacle Press
Ten Features for Kids from Barnacle Press
Next we have the first new Beanworld comic by Larry Marder in I can’t remember how long. Apparently, there is a lot more to come, as Larry Marder has made a return to drawing comics after a decade or so absence. Don’t miss this stuff! Marder has always done utterly unique and wonderful work, and I’m thrilled that he is back at the drawing board… he is one of my favorite cartoonists. His plans also include reprinting all of his old work, so you’ll be able to easily start at the beginning.
And as long as I am going totally overboard with the featured links, here is another Wolverton Culture Corner strip (at the bottom of the Lance O’Casey story) courtesy of Pappy’s Golden Age Comics Blogzine:
- ABIDING IN CHRIST
- Lickety-Whop: Captain Easy Versus Everybody Part 03
- Freckles – 01/25/1945
- Nå†iønål Låmpøøn Strips [Re-Post, By Request]
- Go, Look: Christophe Blain
- Speaking of Strips, How about Animal Crackers?
- Go, Look: Manu Larcenet
- Cartoonists’ Exchange
- Errand Service
- Daily Mail strips 16 October 1964
- Go, Bookmark: Mugwhump the Great
- Go, Look: The Crooked Leg
- “? and !” is online. Become a Beanworld MySpace friend!
- Self-portraits of 52 cartoonists (from 1985)
- Ten Features for Kids from Barnacle Press
- Bizarre anti-gay comic book from 1980s
- Cars, Alex Toth, and Punk Rock
- 2 Specks of Light
- Ten Lesser-Known Works by Major Creators from Barnacle Press
- A Visit To A Lost Love
- Eleven Daily Katzies 1917
- Little Nemo 1913-03-24
- Night of Horror
- The Invaders
- Ghost Train Of Golden Gorge
- “I’m Autumn, and I approve this message.”
- Here’s a Perishers Sample
- Ronald Searle cover collection
- What Everett True would do to the Kaiser
- Grapenut Flakes Post Wednesday Advertising Day.
- Ten Must-Read Classics from Barnacle Press
- Captain Gallant and His Mini-Sub (cont.)
- Captain Gallant and His Mini-Sub
- Jigger’s search for food: from “Animal Comics” #24 & #26
- Doo Dad Sundays III
- Supermans Pal Jimmy Olsen #32
- Calvin’s Dad: Greatest Hits, Volume 2
- Little Nemo 1913-03-06
- The All-American Art, Cartooning
- Death Thumbs a Ride
- The American Eagle: The Coiled Treachery of Nippon
- The Map Of Doom
- Number 372 Lance O’Casey’s magic lamp
- Obscurity of the Day: The Ambassador
- Freckles – 01/24/1945
- Doo Dad Sundays IV
- Don’t Want This
- Gone Fishin’ + Halftone How-To
So much good stuff…
Our friends at Barnacle Press continue to post amazing stuff… today they posted a bunch of examples of Oscar und Adolf by Everett True cartoonist A.D. Condo, as well as a weird out-of-character (that is to say non-violent) appearance by Mr. True in Alley Oop from 1969! Click the image to go there. Recently they also posted scans of the gorgeous strip Madge the Magician’s Daughter which I forgot to highlight.
The Horrors of It All brings us Basil Wolverton’s classic Gateway to Horror.
And last and certainly least, Pappy’s Golden Age Comics Blogzine brings us The Vagabond…
Here’s a new category for this website… “HEY! KIDS! COMICS!” will be a secondary “link list” feature only visually juicy comics links from around the internets, with an image of a featured item at the top (conveniently linked from the image). A doozy is featured today… the great Basil Wolverton’s Robot Woman, courtesy of The Fortress of Fortitude.
The Horrors of it All blog has been posting a ton of fantastic pre-code horror comics, and they just posted one of my all-time favorites, The Brain Bats of Venus by the one and only Basil Wolverton. Boy, a brain bat would make a great Halloween costume… if anyone out there wants to attempt this, please send photos. Click the below image to go read the story!
Did you already buy that Milt Gross painting? No? Well, you could take that 600 bucks burning a hole in your pocket and bid on original art for this early, obscure Basil Wolverton strip instead.
What’s that? You don’t have $600? Well, I suppose you could bid on these two George Herriman cigarette pins made for Hassan and Tokio cigarettes in 1909 going for $16.50 and $12.50 respectively.
OK, I’ll stop now.
Most good cartoonists do at least one thing really well… Basil Wolverton did a whole lot of things better than about anybody. He was the master in his time of hilarious, crazy, surreal, cartoony art (indeed, he is the father of the “spaghetti and meatball” school of cartooning). He was also fantastic at caricature, science fiction comics and horror comics. He even did amazing bible adaptations. Here is some of the great obscure Wolverton art from comicartfans.com. I recommend clicking on them to see larger versions on the comicartfans.com site. Note that there is more Wolverton to be found there as well if you do a search for him.
I think these are the only Wolverton pencils I’ve ever seen… some preliminary drawings for some Spacehawk comics.
In addition to his insane cartooning talents, the man was also a charming musician… go here to hear his wonderful rendition of I’m Always Chasing Rainbows.
There are some excellent reprints of his work out there, and more to come soon, including a big art book and a collection of his bible work! Those should both be spectacular, I think.
Go here to visit the Wolverton family site run by his son Monte (who is also a cartoonist).
Go here to read about Basil Wolverton on lambiek.net.