TODAY’S FEATURED ITEM: Today Allan Holtz at the Stripper’s Guide blog brings us two examples of Hard Luck Bill, a Happy Hooligan clone by Harold Knerr… one of which features Knerr’s rip off of the Katzenjammer Kids, the Fineheimer Twins. Click the above image to see and read about the strips.
The wonderful ASIFA Animation Archive is offering a great deal for donations…
One of our most steadfast supporters is Marc Deckter. Marc is allowing us to digitize hundreds and hundreds of rare 1930s Sunday pages from his extensive collection. Last year, Marc issued a challenge to readers of this blog. Today, he is challenging you to help again.
Contribute $20 to the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive through the PayPal link below, and Marc will provide us with a vintage Sunday page to publish here on the website. Donate $50 and he will share three of them… donate $100 and he will allow us to post eight pages. Purchase one of these hard drives and have it shipped to the Archive, and Marc will post FORTY rare Sunday pages! Marc has classic Otto Messmer Felix the Cat, Chic Young’s Blondie, Cliff Sterrett’s Polly and Her Pals, Milt Gross Sunday and other great pages ready to go. All you have to do to see them is contribute. As the total rises, Marc is prepared to throw in some extra treats, like he did last year. When you contribute, everyone benefits.
They have already posted a huge number of great strips from this promotion… please do give them money! Click the above image to go see some great comics!
Tom Spurgeon points us to this amazing golden age comics download site at goldenagecomics.co.uk Im pretty sure I’ve linked there before, but this is the first time I have explored it in detail… they have a ton of amazing public domain golden age books for free. What a resource!
Note that you can find links to software for viewing the comics here (they are .cbr files).
Click the cover of Animal Comics #23 featuring Walt Kelly’s Pogo above (one of the many, many comics available there) to go to the site. Here’s a link to the Animal Comics they have available.
Note that you will need to create and account to download the comics. Note also that they take down comics if they come to believe they are not in the public domain… many of the Dell comics listed are no longer available for this reason… there is no EC or DC, among other notable omissions.
No matter, they have an utter overload of amazing stuff… don’t miss this site!
Among his usual heap of great stuff he is posting daily on his blogs, John Adcock brings us the full version of the previously truncated Frederick Opper Katzenjammer strip I linked to the other day. Click the above image to see it.
Finally, two more great lists from our friends at another overwhelming site full of old comics, Barnacle Press:
Ten Final Hearty Recommendations From Your Other Pal, Holmes! and Ten More Must-See Strips from your pal, Thrillmer
- More FallCon Sketch Cards
- Obscurity of the Day: Bronc Peeler
- Yoda sketchbook vol. 2 page 18 – Daniel Clowes
- Triumph Over Terror
- Captain Universe
- Fantastic Worlds #5 Cover
- Meet Me in the Cemetery
- Killer From Hicksville
- Action Comics #59 (1943)
- Number 376 Rocky X is stranger than strange!
- I’d walk a Mile if I could Wednesday Advertising Day
- Get Lost!
- Women Wonâ€™t Be Attracted to You
- The First 100 Years
- Before Popeye II
- Mr. Muscles!
- Robotman + Bazooka: The Atom Bubble Boy
- My Pal “Foot… Foot…” from “Little Lulu” #94, 1956
- Little Nemo 1913-05-04
- Another British Strip — Choochi and Twink
- Marc Deckter Challenge Day One
- Infinite Kung Fu, part 3
- Nihilists in blackface: “Tom And Jerry” from OUR GANG COMICS #17, 1944
- Man From Planet X [Re-Post by Request!]
- Katzies Ghosts : Frederick Burr Opper
- The Jackass Story
- Little Nemo 1913-04-27
- My husband keeps telling me to go to hell…
- Another Milestone: Time For The Marc Deckter Challenge!
- Appointment in Hades
- Space Dictionary
- The Fighting Yank: Some Crooks Will Do Anything
- Flying Fists And Glamour
- What’s a Coogy? Tuesday newspaper strip day.
- Obscurity of the Day: Professor Hypnotiser
- Blue Bolt, Vol. 6, No. 6 (N0. 62)
- Freckles – 01/31/1945
- SEXCAPADES THE LOVE LIFE OF THE MODERN HOMO SAPIENS by Al Ross
- Before Popeye
- Box Tape Passage
- The Horrors of RE-POST!
- Der Dough vas Haunted
- Minneapolis Jam: September 2008
- DIRT IN THE AFTERNOON
- Friday Distraction: Golden Age Comics Downloads Site
- Children’s Books: Les mauvaises tÃªtes de Coquinet
- Children’s Books: Jim Flora
- New York! Philadelphia! Comic art shows!
- Four More More
- Cartoon Laffs
- Setting Sail with Boner’s Ark
- Chocolate Cheeks for 9/5/08
- Newspaper Comics Fans Look To Opus and Berke Breathed For Signs and Clues
- Golden Age Comics Downloads
- Freckles – 01/30/1945
- Itâ€™s fine, but is it art?
- Design: Mice and Duck Model Sheets
- *America’s Best Comics #31 ~ July/1949*
- *Story art by* Ruben Moreira
- Spectator Sport Friday Comic Book Day
- *The Black Terror #27 ~ June/1949*
- *Exciting Comics #65 ~ Jan/1949*
- The Black Terror
- More Mr. Muscles + Kid Muscles!
- Semper Fi and all that jazz…
- Ten Final Hearty Recommendations From Your Other Pal, Holmes!
- Two Domestic Comedies
- J. R. Williams (1888-1957)
- John Campbell Cory (1867-1925)
- The Li’l Bad Wolf in Dietary Dilemma (WDCS 59)
- John R. Neill’s Nip and Tuck 1909
- Little Nemo 1913-04-06
- Dr. Strange: At Grips With the Giant Electru
- The Vampire Maker!
- Sun strips 4 December 1967
- Herriman Saturday
- Freckles – 01/27/1945
- Melvin of the Apes Saturday leftover Day.
- Cartoon Humor
- The Little Journeys of Nip and Tuck Pt. 2
- Coming Soon A Trip to the Moon
- Do You “Dunc”? selections from “Dunc ‘n’ Loo” #1 and 3, 1961/2
- Nip and Tuck Pt. 3
- Johnny Doughboy
- Bernard Dibble’s “Johnny Doughboy”
- Nip and Tuck Pt. 4
- Science Fiction Pioneer
- Terror in Town (+ Crazy Blogs!)
- The Space Treasure
- Little Nemo 1913-04-13
- Number 374 I Shagged The World!
- Freckles – 01/29/1945
- Rufus and Flook Versus Moses Maggot 2
- Pigtales: Comedy Comics #33 1946 – Harvey Kurtzman
- The Daffy Taffy Pull (WDCS 175)
- Chartier Le Samedi Cover
- More Spector Speculation Sunday Leftover Day
- Twenty-seven years before Modok
- “The Amazing Tots of Smallville!”
- Little Nemo 1913-04-20
- Jim Ivey’s Sunday Comics
- Samuel Spaniel vs. The Carrot Addict
- He Who Laughs Last
- Oswaldo Twee
- Traitors To The Earth
- Number 375 Nancy and Sluggo’s weird world
- Not Attracted to This
- Ten More Must-See Strips from your pal, Thrillmer
- Lickety-Whop: Captain Easy Versus Everybody Part 04
- 80s Japanese comic strip about Wozniak, Jobs, and Apple
- More Strips from the Past: Archie
- When Russia was awesome (Part 1)
- Freckles – 01/26/1945
John Adcock continues to post great stuff on his Yesterday’s Papers and Yesterday’s Papers Archive blogs, and brings us more strange ghosted daily Katzenjammer strips… these ones are utterly free of character, style or artistry, and ran under the title The Shenanigan Twins (apparently due to WWI anti-German sentiments… the old title returned soon after the war), still under Rudolph Dirks credit. The “gags” were presumably just lifted out of some old joke book… backgrounds are nowhere to be seen… hardly any violence either. Even the German ach-cents are gone! These strips are bland before their time, and would be right at home on a modern comics page.
He also posts a Katzenjammer strip he suspects is pencilled (not inked) by Frederick Opper, which seems very likely…
That’s not all! Here is a well done Mutt & Jeff clone called Hitt & Runn… apparently four-letter names ending in double letters is a crucial part of the ingredients to making a successful clone, even if the names are totally improbable.
And some rare, crude, very early E.C. Segar…
And more! Just go to his blogs and check them out.
Barnacle Press brings us another great list of greatest hits… Ten Particularly Odd Comic Strips from Barnacle Press. The Handy Man From Timbuctoo makes the list, naturally. Click on the below image from the bizarre Goops to go there.
Get out your crayons! Comicrazys manages to dig up ANOTHER Flip the Frog coloring book! Where do they find this stuff? I gotta print these for my daughter…
And, finally, Karswell at The Horrors of it All brings us World War III With the Ants from Captain Science #6… this story has some great, inventive layouts. The artist is apparently unknown… can anyone identify the artist (in their comments?):
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
- NÃ¥â€ iÃ¸nÃ¥l LÃ¥mpÃ¸Ã¸n 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
- Donâ€™t Want This
- Gone Fishin’ + Halftone How-To
Here’s a Harold Knerr Katzenjammer Kids strip I scanned from 1931. Knerr took over the strip after Rudolph Dirks quit Hearst and went on to do the same strip, different title as Hans und Fritz and then The Captain and the Kids for another paper. You can read the details on Wikipedia here. The scan also includes the Knerr header strip Dinglehoofer and His Dog Adolph.
Please note that this strip contains offensive racial depictions, as was frequently the case with the comics of yesteryear. If this sort of thing offends you, I suggest you do not read it.
Go here to see more Katzenjammer Kids strips on this site.
Here’s what Don Markstein’s Toonopedia has to say about the Katzenjammers.
Click here to go to the Barnacle Press collection of Katzenjammer Kids strips.
Read about the Katzenjammer Kids on Wikipedia.
Click here to the Toonopedia entry on the Katzenjammer Kids.
Click here to read about Harold Knerr at lambiek.net.